Economic and Environmental Benefits of Industrial Water Use Efficiency
This team will design a basin-wide industrial water conservation assistance program. They will conduct conservation and ecological improvement opportunity assessments at three industrial facilities that use public water supply and wastewater treatment services; explore how financial, technical, and other resources can overcome common barriers to conservation; and then create a menu of program offerings and develop a plan to deliver those services. The program could reduce the use and release of chemicals used to treat water and wastewater, air emissions associated with pumping water and wastewater and flow disruptions associated with water withdrawals and returns flows.
The team will engage five industrial partners throughout the region that purchase water from public supplies and return treated wastes to publicly owned treatment works. Full water audits at these facilities will determine where water is used, how total and consumptive uses can be reduced, the costs (and returns) of conservation measures, and the business posed (and/or solved) by conservation actions. The team will identify barriers to implementing conservation actions at these locations and develop methods to overcome them. They will also explore the financial impact of water conservation on the public utilities that supply water and treat wastes.
A link to the team's report on their findings is below.