Whatever is behind your need to recycle and reuse wastewater, decreasing your plant's water footprint is beneficial to your company and the community. The need for industrial water recycling and reuse has many drivers, including:
- Industrial and population growth. A growing population increased the need for power generation, for example, which placed greater demands on water use.
- Fresh water costs. The cost of clean, fresh water is continually increasing, and is impacting all regions.
- Regulatory requirements. Many industrial sites have wastewater discharge permits that include flow and quality restrictions. Moreover, EPA Industrial Effluent Guidelines are often revised.
- Social responsibility. Protecting the world's resources is a global concern: the general public is paying attention. Negative publicity around a company's water use can have an impact on a company's sales/growth.
- Discharge costs. Sewer and wastewater costs have increased at a higher rate than fresh water costs.
- Water scarcity. Many regions in North America are susceptible to drought. Additionally, some industrial plants have limited access to clean/fresh water.
- Wastewater processing limitations. In many industries, plant wastewater treatment capacities have not increased proportionally with plant production. Plants are challenged to meet higher flows and have limited operational resources.
- Sustainability efforts. Many companies strive towards sustainability by utilizing economically sound programs that help minimize a plant's negative environmental impact while conserving energy and natural resources.