11 SEP 2020
3 Benefits of Water Management
When you’re running a large facility like a hotel, power plant, or factory, water management has significant benefits for your business. The more water your regular operations depends on, the more important it is to treat water as a resource—one that costs you money and has a significant impact on your local environment.
Intelligent water management ensures your facility uses water efficiently and safely—without interfering with your operations.
Here are three reasons why it matters.
1. It lowers your water-related costsPrioritizing water management helps you eliminate water waste and keep your water infrastructure operating in peak condition. Using water efficiently decreases your water bill, and there are several other ways it drives down water-related costs.
Sewer fees, compliance fines, and water treatment costs are all directly related to the amount of water you use. Conserving water also decreases your electricity costs, as pumps and other equipment have to move, heat, and cool less water. Additionally, reducing waste decreases the frequency that you’ll need to pay specialists and the likelihood that you’ll have to repair or replace damaged equipment.
2. It reduces risks to your businessIf you don’t take care of your water infrastructure, you’re more likely to have serious water leaks and water damage. Scaling, corrosion, contamination, and other problems can be hard to detect if you aren’t inspecting cooling towers and other equipment or monitoring your water meters. These problems accumulate slowly over time, and can rupture pipes, inhibit your water flow, or damage equipment that requires a certain water quality.
By being familiar with your facility’s water use and getting better visibility into your water infrastructure, you’ll be able to see when your facility—or even specific equipment—is using water abnormally.
3. It’s more sustainable for the environmentThe water your facility uses typically does one of two things: it drains into the sewers, or it evaporates into the atmosphere. Either way, it can eventually be reused, so it’s easy to think of water as an unlimited resource. But that’s not really the case. Your water comes from somewhere, and it doesn’t travel directly from your local water supply to your facility and back.
If we use our local water supply faster than the environment can replenish it, or if we contaminate it, we can cripple our local ecosystems. This could leave your community (and your industrial or agricultural operations) more vulnerable to the effects of droughts, or force you to rely on alternative water supplies. And on the other end, excessive water waste draining into your sewer system can make flooding—and the damage it causes—more severe.
It’s important for organizations to see water as a resource that costs them money. But it’s also helpful to think about the environmental footprint of your operations.
How much water does your facility use per product you produce?
Water management helps you find ways to recycle your facility’s water, too. And that doesn’t just save you money—it reduces the strain your operations put on your community’s shared water supply.