Water is a necessity. There is no way to get around that simple fact. However, thanks to continued research and development, companies are beginning to pass on substantial cost savings to consumers.
Water management and wastewater processing companies are continuing to actively develop innovative technologies to help them reduce operating cost and environmental impact. One example of this is the wastewater treatment plant located in Gresham, Oregon.
The Gresham plant is the first in the Pacific Northwest to achieve a net-zero energy rating. This means the plant is able to produce the same amount of electricity it utilizes processing the residents’ wastewater.
Another great example of innovation in the water industry is featured at the EPA’s main facility. They recently upgraded their storm water system with OptiNimbus real-time controls to allow for better harvesting of rainwater. This system allows them to store greater amounts of rainwater for usage in periods of drought.
Our educational institutions are even doing their part of investing in innovative ways to conserve water. The Emory University campus recently built a large water recycling system on-site. The system is called WaterHub and is capable of recycling up to 400,000 gallons of water per day, approximately 40% of the total water needs of the campus.
Water treatment plants are even working on ways to reuse 100 percent of the water coming in for treatment. An example of a recent facility that utilizes this type of technology is the Central Water Reclamation Facility located in Florida. This facility is able to recycle 100 percent of waste water coming in for treatment.
Many wastewater companies are even working on ways to further protect the water tables. Several areas have begun offering real-time data showing water quality analysis and current water table levels. This provides an excellent way to educate consumers about water sources.
Water conservation is something that requires commitment and continued development. Luckily, companies are taking several different approaches to this unique situation. Some are opting for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, others are working on ways to better collect and store rainwater for periods of drought.
No matter what methods companies utilize to increase efficiency it is ultimately a win for both consumers and the environment. Any way that we are able to reduce our water consumption is going to result in a greener environment and more green in our wallets.