Recycling Industrial Wastewater

Manufacturing facilities are members of their surrounding communities, which are also their consumer markets. More and more companies are starting to realize their impact on these communities; how they can have a positive impact on local ecosystems and their dollars. This is one of the top 3 reasons why manufacturers recycle and reuse their industrial wastewater.

As prominent figures in their local communities and all over the country, large and small manufacturers alike are leading by example to demonstrate their dedication to solving environmental issues. Only in recent years, the past 20 years, have companies begun to dedicate funds towards socially responsible initiatives like recycling their wastewater.

A lot of the early adopters are headquartered outside the U.S., in countries like Germany, where socially responsible practices have a longer history. More recent adopters are motivated in part by government mandates from the EPA to meet wastewater discharge permit limits. They are also partly motivated by their customers, who are thinking about the products they buy in a new way.

They are becoming more concerned with how the product was made and with what materials. They are hearing more data that suggests correlations between illness or freshwater contamination and biproducts from production. Socially responsible practices are recognized widely by consumers as a desirable characteristic. For example, according to a study by Nielson, 55% of consumers say they are more likely to purchase products from a company they know to be environmentally and socially conscious.As the consumer market becomes more aware of its relationship with the environment, so must the manufacturer.

More and more industrial manufacturing facilities are meeting corporate and government mandates to adopt environmentally friendly practices such as water (and energy) conservation, even water recycling.In areas where water is scarce, due to drought or neighboring drought, companies are recognizing that they consume high volumes of water. While that water is put to use to serve the community, it is simultaneously denied from the community. Again, these companies recognize that as high volume water users, it is their responsibility to reduce their impact to the water source. By recycling industrial wastewater, manufacturers can reduce their consumption and achieve that goal. Wastewater recycling systems allow manufacturers to reduce the amount of water they consume at a given time by reusing the same water repeatedly. These facilities don’t need to take in the large volume of water regularly. Instead, they are using the fixed volume of water from the same source but in a closed loop system.

ocial responsibility practices are also desired by prospective employees and current factory employees. They carry the same mentality as consumers, because they are consumers themselves. Once again, as the consumer perspective shifts, so does the job market, where more candidates are seeking work at companies that have a reputation for being socially responsible. In addition, companies that implement social practices such as water conservation and recycling on a large scale, can essentially inspire their employees to adopt similar practices at home on a smaller scale.