As a global leader in water treatment technologies for more than 90 years, our technologies help our customers do more with less water. In our own facilities, we also are committed to reducing our water use and increasing water efficiency using our own technologies.
Circular water management helps Ecolab customers in water-stressed regions lessen their environmental impact. We take the same approach at our own plants.
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Our plant in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, specializes in refurbishing Ecolab dishmachines for Institutional customers. This water-intensive process was mainly a manual operation with little automation.
In 2017, the Elk Grove Village plant partnered with Ecolab’s Food & Beverage team to build a custom Clean-in-Place (CIP) system that recirculates all the water used in dishmachine testing. The plant also upgraded the restrooms with LEED-certified fixtures. Together, these two projects resulted in savings of more than 600,000 gallons (2.2 million liters) of water annually, a 50 percent reduction in the plant’s water use.
Yangsan, South Korea
At our Yangsan, South Korea, plant, the team identified an opportunity to reclaim a significant amount of water for their cleaning processes.
A key ingredient for many of our products is pure water, which is produced using reverse osmosis. The reject water from the reverse osmosis process is filtered and reclaimed for cleaning vessels. Instead of discharging it as waste, the Yangsan plant devised a way to re-route this high-quality water to clean blending vessels.
Using this circular approach, the plant saves more than 1.3 million gallons (2.9 million liters) of freshwater per year, along with 137,000 kWh of energy and USD $24,800 in costs. Most importantly, the plant was able to reduce its impact on the local watershed, resulting in more water being available for the community