Water ResourcesWater Conservation

Water-Wise at Work - Industry

In addition to the following tips, click here to go to an online tool Connecting the Drops Toward Creative Water Strategies: A Water Sustainability Tool. This tool is intended for business leaders who want to understand how water conservation could be incorporated into their company's practices, and how to design and implement water conservation strategies. This tool is intended for business leaders who want to understand how water conservation could be incorporated into their company's practices, and how to design and implement water conservation strategies.

Click on the following for tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Water Use Efficiency Program:

General

  • Designate a water efficiency coordinator.
  • Develop a mission statement and a plan.
  • Educate and involve employees in water efficiency efforts.

Equipment

  • Install high-pressure, low-volume nozzles on spray washers.
  • Install in-line strainers on all spray headers; inspect nozzles regularly for clogging.
  • Replace high-volume hoses with high-pressure, low-volume cleaning systems.
  • As equipment wears out, replace with water-saving models.
  • Equip hoses with spring loaded shutoff nozzles.
  • Install ultra low flow toilets, or adjust flush valves or install dams on existing toilets.

Practices

  • Detect and repair all leaks.
  • Identify discharges that may be re-used and implement re-use practices. Some discharges with potential for re-use are:
    • final rinses from tank cleaning, keg washers, fermenters
    • bottle and can soak and rinse water
    • cooler flush water, filter backwash
    • pasteurizer and sterilizer water
    • final rinses in wash cycles
    • boiler makeup
    • refrigeration equipment defrost
    • equipment cleaning
    • floor and gutter wash
  • Use fogging nozzles to cool products.
  • Handle waste materials in a dry mode where possible.
  • Adjust overflows from re-circulation systems by controlling the rate at which makeup water is added: install float-controlled valve on the makeup line, close filling line during operation, provide surge tanks for each system to avoid overflow.
  • Turn off all flows during shutdowns. use solenoid valves to stop the flow of water when production stops. 
  • Adjust flow in sprays and other lines to meet minimum requirements.
  • Wash vehicles less often, or use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • Discontinue using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, loading docks, and parking lots.