If you are in charge of a commercial operation that uses a fair amount of water on a daily basis in order to function, you have a community responsibility to use as little of this precious resource as you possibly can. You may think that you have initiated various procedures to cut down on the water intake at your facility, but you may be thinking about going the extra mile and doing something with your waste water, as well. Why is this a good idea?
Many organisations today are choosing to reclaim water, in order to recycle it for use in other areas. When they do so, this repurposed water replaces the need for freshwater at source in a variety of different applications and as such, helps a great deal with the environment.
Hydrating the Community
For example, water that has been processed through a recycling facility can be used to irrigate sports fields, golf courses, public parks and even private residences. In fact, this is the leading application for reclaimed water across the country.
Going Full Circle
Some companies choose to use processed water for industrial applications, rather than using fresh water at the intake level. This may be something that you could consider for your operation as well, so you are addressing the problem at both ends of the process.
Sending It Back to Earth
Treated water can be sent back to earth to help refill aquifers and ensure that trees and vegetation in the vicinity are hydrated properly. When water is diverted this way, it will seep down through the rock strata and be further filtered naturally, to eventually return as fresh water.
Drinking Water Conversion
Some municipalities are installing state-of-the-art equipment that can convert processed waste water into a product that is fit for drinking. This process, known as "reverse osmosis" is still in its infancy, but will undoubtedly grow to become a crucial part of life in the future.
Major oil refineries and power plants are always looking for a relatively cheap and environmentally friendly source of cooling water and this can be another destination for your recycled water.
Putting It on Your Agenda
If you really want to make a difference in the community and ensure that you are being as environmentally friendly with your water usage as possible, consider installing a waste water system when you next convene an executive meeting.Share