When it comes to water management, Ford Motor Company has pulled ahead. The company has reduced water use by more than 10 billion gallons since 2000 and is aiming for an additional 30 percent reduction per vehicle from 2015 to 2020. Its long-term ambition: zero drinkable water use in manufacturing.
To enhance efficiency and cut water consumption at its Chicago assembly plant, Ford worked with Nalco Water.
Ford Motor Company has reduced water use by more than 10 billion gallons since 2000 and is aiming for an additional 30 percent reduction per vehicle from 2015 to 2020.
The partnership focused on two areas that are heavily dependent on water:
Nalco Water implemented two projects to help the plant use water more efficiently:
Circular water strategies (reuse and recycling of water) also are playing an important role in the plant’s future water management strategy. Nalco Water is working with Ford to implement technology that will potentially lead to a significant reduction in water use by recycling phosphate rinse water. The plant is developing processes to enable reuse of a portion of the pre-treatment process water, which will greatly reduce the need to tap into the municipal water supply.
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