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August is National Water Quality Month

by Casey O'Leary

Water is essential for life on earth. In a world with an increasing demand upon the earth’s water supply, it’s more important now than ever before that the most intensive water consumers on the planet reevaluate their roles in preserving water quality.


The Urgency of Water Quality in Industry

The U.S. Geological Survey’s latest water statistics report that Industries in the U.S. alone withdraws just under 50 billion gallons of water every day from municipal and surface water resources. That doesn’t include thermo power plants, which account for 225 billion gallons per day. The public downs about 60 billion gallons daily. Furthermore, the quality of the available water for all these users is worsening. In some areas, the supply is getting scarce. Aquifers are not recharging as well as they used to. Increases in chemical and agricultural runoff pollution, exacerbated by intensified droughts in some areas and flooding in other areas, creates an environment where everyone, from regular folks to the industries they work for, are facing water quality issues. Aging water infrastructure further complicates the issue.  Industries of all types are such big water consumers, they must play a leading role in protecting water quality, both from a competitive standpoint, and a good neighbor standpoint. Everyone who uses water, from families to industries, needs to be critically aware of how the earth’s water supply is used, conserved, treated and maintained for the future.

How Your Industry Can Play a Role in Improving Water Quality

Environmentally aware industries are making great strides in reducing the amount of wastewater they discharge, while also reducing their water usage overall. If your facility is interested in taking steps to improve water quality in your community, here are just a few possibilities:

  • Replace less efficient, aging water-use equipment in your facility.
  • Consider implementing a water recycling and reuse plan. With the right in-house industrial water treatment system, your facility can potentially re-use and recycle between 50 and 90 percent of its water, which can reduce uncertainty during drought and other times of water quality issues.
  • Install hoses, washers and spray nozzles with spring-loaded, automatic shut offs to prevent water waste.
  • Use faucet, hose and shower aerators that create a low-volume, high-pressure flow.
  • Repair any broken pipes and fix leaks.
  • Look into installing an industrial reverse osmosis industrial water treatment system.

 

These and other steps are all actions industries can use to reduce regular water expenditures, minimize risks during water shortages or droughts and help you gain a competitive edge. Your facility can also feel proud about being an industry leader in environmental and water quality protection within the community.

In honor of National Water Quality Month, contact Desalitech’s industrial water quality experts at 1-617-564-1647 or request a free water quality assessment. We can help your facility discover ways conserve, recycle and reuse water for a better business and a healthier environment.

 

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