Thursday, October 18, 2012

GE is Helping Nestle to Save Millions of Gallons of Water

On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA), it is fitting that we take a look at a stellar example of a business that with the help of GE, is saving more than seven million gallons of water per year. The CWA was passed 40 years ago on October 18th, 1972, it establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into U.S. waters. US corporations are increasingly looking to sustainable water management standards that go far beyond the statutes of the CWA.

GE, a leader in an advanced water-treatment chemical technology, is helping industry reduce their water consumption and discharge. Thanks to this technology Nestle USA’s Pizza Division has reduced its water usage and sewer discharge by 7.4 million gallons per year at its factory in Little Chute, Wisconsin.

As explained in an Environmental Leader article:

"GE provided its GenGard water-treatment chemistry with stress tolerant polymer (STP) and TrueSense controls for the plant’s four main ammonia condensers. These products allowed Nestlé to precisely control the cooling water and enable more cycles where the water-treatment chemicals are in high concentrations. As a result, the Little Chute factory is able to reuse its cooling water to a much greater degree."

GE acknowledged the Pizza company for its efforts by giving it the "Return on Environment" award. In addition to saving water, the pizza factory has also managed to save $50,000 through its water reduction efforts.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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