The supply and facilities for clean water must be constantly protected and managed. In the Netherlands this is done by “Water Boards” (Waterschappen), the oldest democratic community formed in the Netherlands.Because the land is below sea level, the water is monitored in many different ways. As a Facility Manager you might be responsible for tap water and sanitary facilities within an organisation. Toilets nowadays must not only be clean and smell fresh. They have to contribute to water-saving as well.
There are many progressive Facility Departments in Dutch organisations that are taking the lead in using watersaving sanitation to reduce the impact on the environment. BREEAM is an international assessment method that provides independent third party certification of the assessment of sustainability, performance of individual buildings, communities and infrastructure projects. BREEAM standards are often implemented in a construction project managed by the Facility Department.
Water, a precious raw material
Since 2017, the Zonheuvel Estate in Doorn is one of the three SDG houses in the Netherlands. They use 135 litres of drinking water per person per day, more than 50% of this is used for applications such as flushing the toilet. At Hotel & Conferentiecentrum Zonheuvel Estate filtered rainwater is used for toilet flushing. This means no unnecessary reprocessing into drinking water, no unnecessary transport over long distances, no unnecessary use of ground water and less peak load on the sewer system. This results in less pollution of surface water.