Go Green – Ways a Company may Reuse Water
Recycling and reusing water is a great step toward a company becoming “greener”. Whether the water is recovered condensate or process wastewater, technologies are available to increase the quality of water to any level required.
Based in Georgia, Complete Water Services can design and develop tailored for specific type and characteristics of the source water, and the unique water quality necessary for the destination water.
Common internal water sources that benefit from recycling include:
• Cooling tower blowdown water
• Boiler blowdown water
• Condensate water
• Reject water
• Process unit wastewater
• Wash and rinse water
• Scrubber water
• Industrial wastewater effluent
• Storm water run-off
“In today’s marketplace, a company has to be concerned with more than just profitability. It needs to make a difference. Reducing solid waste, hazardous waste, carbon footprint and water footprint are ways that industries can help achieve this” says Jim Lewis of Complete Water Services. Planning can be the key. To reduce your water footprint, try the following:
Baseline Water Balance. A water (mass) balance is the initial step in identifying where water reduction and cost savings can be achieved. This step will assist a company in identifying:
• Areas and processes of major water use
• Areas of water loss
• Compliance issues
Identify Opportunities. Conducting and calculating a mass balance can uncover opportunities to use existing water more efficiently;
Develop a Water Sustainability Plan. The best plan in the world is ineffective if it sits and gathers dust. In order for a plan to be successful, the key stakeholders must feel engaged; that the implementation of the plan will make an impact. The plan should be simple, specific, have definable and achievable goals, measurable and quantifiable. The plan should contain the following sections:
• Identification of processes and production innovations – Which processes are wateruse intensive and which ones are minor water users; water quality constraints on processes (what quality of water does each entity need or use); can water be reallocated or rerouted; can additional treatment achieve the water quality goals of production or other wateruse areas; increase the number of times water is used until discharge, etc.
• Required technology – What technologies will be necessary to meet the water conditions outlined above.
• Estimated water savings – each of the production changes and technologies used should contribute to overall water savings. These savings will be weighed against capital and operating costs; however, intangible benefits such as public relations and overall company perceptions can also play a key role in these savings.
• Budget - Establishing a budget is necessary for procuring funding, whether funding comes internally or from outside grants and loans.
• Timeline for projects – A specific timeline for each water project should be developed. Periodic reviews are included in these timelines to monitor progress and to keep the projects on-time and on budget.
• Project ranking prioritization – Once the projects are identified and defined, they can be ranked as follows:
o Priority 1: High value, low cost (biggest bang for the buck)
o Priority 2: High value but with significant resources required
o Priority 3: Limited value, low cost
o Priority 4: Projects performed only if necessary
• Employee communications and training – This is one of the most vital, but often overlooked, parts of a plan. Stakeholders must continually feel engaged in the plan, know how it is progressing, and develop awareness that what they do or don’t do have specific impacts on the overall outcome of sustainability.
Plan Implementation - Company management must make a monetary and manpower commitment to the plan. Otherwise, no amount of planning will make any changes happen. The plan will have no chance of success.
Complete Water Services can assist you with any or all of your sustainability planning. Let us help you find the savings you need. The benefits will be felt locally…..and globally!