Netcare is investing in desalination technology and is conducting a feasibility study on reusing sewage water in its South African facilities, CEO Richard Friedland says. Netcare and other private hospital groups are taking steps to reduce their water consumption, partly in response to the Western Cape’s worst drought in a century. Mediclinic CEO Danie Meintjes said last week his company was sinking boreholes and monitoring its water use across the province. Friedland said on Monday that while Netcare had reduced its average water use by 44% over the past two years, "that’s not enough". The group had a number of short-term initiatives in place but was also looking at treating waste water in the future. "The longer-term programme that we’re investigating and we’re running a pilot on is the reuse of water, in other words the potential use of sewage water. We’re doing a feasibility study on potentially bringing that technology into SA," Friedland said. Netcare was also sinking borehole...

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