Why rain water tanks at hospitals are a good idea

Most hospitals in South Africa have an electricity back-up in the form of generators but surprisingly, not many have alternative water supply or even stored water in water tanks for emergencies.  Rainwater tanks and water tanks should be part of every hospital’s contingency plans.

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Many South African hospitals do not have alternative water supplies

Hospitals in South Africa and other African countries are often in news headlines because their water supply has been cut off or compromised.  A recent example is the Bloemfontein Hospital which was without normal water supply for a day or more and had to rely on municipal-supplied water tankers to supply water for cleaning and the hospital water forced to purchase drinking water for patients.  There have been other cases in southern Africa where hospitals did not even have water to wash newly born babies.

Hospitals, by the nature of their buildings, often have ideal and very large roof surfaces for the collection of rainwater.  Space around the hospital is also usually not a problem which means that a number of large 10000 litre, 15000 litre or 20000 litre water tanks could be placed along the walls to store thousands of litres of collected rainwater.

Rainwater harvesting could ensure that hospitals have a back-up supply of water during power cuts, civil unrest/striking municipality workers, war and natural disasters.  Having an in situ store of rain water in water tanks would make hospitals more self-sufficient and will not need to rely on municipal water tankers or other outside sources.  Of course, all rainwater for washing/dressing wounds and for drinking should be appropriately filtered and purified first.

Even if hospitals do not engage in rainwater harvesting, it would still be a wise decision to install a number of high capacity water tanks to store emergency supplies of municipal water.  This would ensure that hospitals have a few days’ worth of uninterrupted water supply so that the wellbeing of patients is not affected.

Also important, is the type and quality of water tanks that should be installed.  We recommend JoJo Tanks water tanks and rainwater tanks as these are manufactured with a food-grade, FDA-approved internal lining and the polyethylene is made from high grade material ensuring that the stored water is not contaminated with leached chemicals and the water is kept fresher for longer.

JoJo Tanks South Africa offer a wide range of products such as plastic water tanks and chemical tanks to suit every household, business or agricultural need, including silo tanks and silo tank stands as well as other high quality JoJo Tanks products.  See JoJo Tanks’ VERTICAL TANKS, HORIZONTAL TANKS (transporter tanks), STEEL TANK STANDS and OTHER JOJO PRODUCTS and see JoJo Tanks’ NEW 6000 LITRE UNDERGROUND TANKS. Also see our FAQ and WATER TANK PRICES.

JoJo’s superior polyethylene plastic water tanks and steel water tank stands make JoJo Tanks the leaders in plastic water tank technology and the quality, affordability and 5-year guarantee on these water tanks make JoJo products one of the best choices in South Africa.  JoJo’s water tanks and chemical tanks come standard with a number of features that are often lacking on cheaper/inferior plastic tanks made by other companies in South Africa.

We are authorised JoJo Tanks dealers in South Africa and dispatch orders directly from JoJo Tank depots to save on transport costs. Full range of JoJo Tanks products and JoJo water tanks for sale.  CONTACT US for a quote on the right JoJo water tank or other JoJo product for you.  Special discounts are available on multiple orders of chemical tanks and water tanks and to our commercial and government customers. We can usually delivery tanks and tank stands free of charge to business/commercial addresses in South Africa.


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