In the face of rapidly depleted freshwater supplies, the industrial sector is learning that reducing water usage and increasing reuse is an essential ingredient of productivity and profitability. This is increasingly true in countries such as the United States, where water usage for industrial purposes is 46 percent of al water consumption, according to Dr. Peter Glieck, president of the Pacific Institute for studies in the environment.
Todays manufacturers and fabricators are realizing they are major stakeholders in the global water conservation effort – and that water conservation saves cost. From giant conglomerates like Ford and Parker Hannifin to global heat-treating specialists like Bodycote, industry is beginning to focus on process water reuse, not only to conserve water but also to improve process uptime and product quality, along with reducing exorbitant disposal and maintenance costs. To do this they are taking actions such as incorporating advanced separation technology, and addressing pollutants like oil, grease or dirt, to increase the life of precious production fluids like cleaner solutions and coolants.