Water is a scarce resource and needs to be conserved. It is critical that everyone does their part to reduce water shortage issues. That includes the manufacturing industry; they should do their bit to reduce water consumption as they are a major consumer of freshwater.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, using less water has other benefits, such as lower operating costs. There are many ways to limit the consumption of water on the industry level, so let’s use this limited resource as efficiently as possible.
Monitor water usage
Industries are paying a huge amount of money as water bills as they are unaware of the quantity of water that is being used and discharged. To measure this, sub-meters can be installed in different areas of the plant to know where and how much water is being used. Using this data, they can further analyze and come up with plans to combat wastage.
To reduce water consumption, form a team
Form a dedicated team that will work towards understanding the water consumption in the plant. This team can then identify reduction areas and it can start with something small like fixing the leaks or replacing the valves.
Later industries can consider using more water-efficient fixtures in places where consumption is high. For example, replacing the restroom fixtures with ones that use little or no water at all. That can lead to huge savings in large industries.
Use StatePoint Liquid Cooling
Cooling towers used in industries are one of the greatest consumers of water which needs considerable advancement. One of the options is to use StatePoint Liquid cooling as it is more water-efficient than traditional air conditioners and air chillers.
This cooling system has a membrane exchanger that is resistant to scale formation and consumes less water. The membrane helps to cool the water and this chilled water can be supplied to various cooling facilities like the fan coils, hot aisle enclosures, and more.
Instead of using fresh water for all the operations, residual water from one section of the plant can be reused for other purposes. Take, for example, water that is used for cleaning can be reused for landscaping or for cooling equipment after filtering it. Or water that comes from cooling towers in condensed form can be reused as “makeup” water (water loss due to evaporation).
Conduct water training
Industries conduct various training for their workers which includes safety training, training on the use of equipment, etc. They should also mandatorily include water training so that they learn how to use it efficiently and reduce wastage.
Some industries have included water savings as a key performance indicator so that they know how well they are doing in saving water. Also consider other environmentally-friendly initiatives, such as using an oil-free air compressor to reduce the company’s eco-footprint.
Final words on how to reduce water consumption
Using water responsibly should become part of the company culture as that only results in reducing costs but also helps to conserve this precious resource.