Pepsi Water Efficiency Wins Plaudits

Source: Environmentalleader.com PepsiCo’s more than 20 percent improvement in global water efficiency since 2006 has won it the Stockholm Industry Water Award during World Water Week. Pepsi received the award for its water conservation efforts including: Conserving about 16 billion liters of water in 2011, from a 2006 baseline, by using water-saving equipment and technologies, creative recycling and re-use, and by deploying a water management system throughout its manufacturing facilities. Reducing water- and energy-related costs by more than $45 million in 2011, compared to 2006. Implementing agricultural practices and technologies around the world designed to reduce water use in farming through new irrigation techniques, and introducing tools that help farmers deliver fertilizer and water to their crops at the most efficient time. Providing access to safe water for more than 1 million people with the PepsiCo Foundation and other partners. Pepsi has reduced its water and energy use through a series of water management practices including direct seeding in India and its web-based farming tool i-crop. Initial i-crop trials, which ran from …

Worrying water footprint

Source: Thehindubusinessline.com Water footprint varies from country to country, depending on each region’s consumption. It also depends on the climatic conditions and water usage in areas where consumer goods are produced. The water footprint is an indicator of both the direct and indirect use of water by a consumer or producer. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community. Let us analyse the water footprint in India and the challenges around it. The country’s water footprint was 987 billion cu metres a year during 1997-2001, which means 980 cu metres a year per capita (Source: Hoekstra and Chapagain, 2008). POOR ACCESS TO FRESHWATER Water supply and sanitation remain inadequate, despite longstanding corrective efforts at various levels of government and community. Investment in water and sanitation is very low in India, compared to international standards. However, compared to the past, access to water has increased significantly. For instance, in …

Can Coca-Cola’s new water system be a game changer?

Source: Greenbiz The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) says it has developed a first-of-its-kind beverage process water recovery system that can cut its water use by 35 percent. According to the beverage giant, the new system meets or exceeds drinking water standards for use in non-product activities and is used for clean-in-place and bottle washing. Coca-Cola said the system takes highly treated process water and further treats it by using a combination of membrane bioreactor, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, ozonation, and ultraviolet disinfection. The Atlanta-based company said it believes that its system stands out from current treatment processes used in its business sector. “While we and other members of the food and beverage industry have recycled and reused water for various processes for many years, this pilot is a first-of-its-kind beverage process water recovery system,” said Greg Koch, director of global water stewardship for the Coca-Cola Company. Koch said the benefit of the system could potentially be enormous. “By reusing cleaned and treated water for non-product applications, the new system could potentially lessen …

First nationwide water quality survey from Oct

Source: Deccanherald he Union government plans to conduct the survey in two phases – from October 2012 till January 2013 to collect pre-monsoon data and again from March 2013 till May 2013 for post-monsoon data. The nationwide exercise is aimed at gathering ‘authentic data’ on drinking water quality both at source and in households. T M Vijay Bhaskar, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, stated that samples would be collected from about 67,000 households across all the districts in the country as well as from drinking water sources. In a communiqué to state principal secretaries overseeing rural drinking water schemes, he stressed on adherence to “highest standards” during the first ever water quality sample survey to ensure credibility and reliability of the data to be collated. The survey would cover on an average 110 households from about five-six villages in each district. Out of 16,64,186 habitations, 2,16,968 had been identified in April 2005 as ones with poor quality of water. The number of the poor water …

Reforms, plugging leaks could get water to millions in India, Asia: ADB

Source: indiawaterreview Millions of people in Asia and the Pacific could gain access to clean water if leaks were plugged and water utility reforms adopted, a new study by the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has stated. ADB estimates that 29 billion cubic meters of water is lost each year in the region – enough to fill more than 11 million Olympic-sized swimming pools – causing Asia’s water utilities to lose more than $9 billion in revenue each year. The study, ‘Good Practices in Urban Water Management’ was launched on July 3 during the ongoing Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) in the island-state, which has been cited as one of the models for water management which other Asian cities can learn from. The study has been released at a time when many parts of Asia and the Pacific region are in a water crisis. Though in Asia, the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water between 1990 and 2015, was largely …

GE Water Treatment Achieves ‘Near-Zero’ Liquid Discharge; Desal Tech Cuts Energy 10%

Source: environmentalleader A successful pilot study has shown GE’s water treatment technology can help beverage companies safely treat and reuse water to achieve 99 percent or higher recovery in their plants, the company says. This represents a vast improvement, GE says, since bottling companies can typically use 75 to 85 percent of the water supplied to their treatment room for bottled water and soft drinks. The rest is discharged as a waste stream. A major global beverage company in Asia used GE’s AquaSel non-thermal brine concentrator technology in the pilot. The system runs at a very high recovery on reverse osmosis reject water, producing a clean filtrate stream plus a small blowdown stream and a dry salt cake for disposal. The filtrate produced has total dissolved solids at or below the levels found in the raw water, and can be looped back to the front of the ingredient water system. The pilot AquaSel system had a capacity of 36,000 gallons per day. In more than 1,000 hours of operation with this system, the …

Water Consulting – Building Ethical, Economical and Environmental Practices

Source: Triplepundit Considering that we drink about a gallon of water a day and consume around 520 gallons through our food consumption and production, water consulting is the business opportunity of the century. In contrast to carbon intensive energy sources, water has no substitute. Moreover in 2010, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” Around 33 years ago, the Clean Water Act established policies and penalties for water remediation, and created a compliance driven industry, such as remediation of pollution and reduction of environmental liabilities during property transfers. Over the last 5 years, businesses have recognized the risks water scarcity poses, such as increasing water costs volatile price fluctuations, changing customer expectations and the disruptive risk to business operations, and realize the advantage of a proactive water management strategy. Today, significant investment have been made to proactively identify long-term sustainable water strategies for governments, corporations and NGOs alike, such as stakeholder engagement, water foot-printing, grey- …

Water shortage forces Grasim to shut M.P. plant

Source: Thehindubusinessline Water shortage may force Grasim Industries to suspend operations at its Nagda plant in Madhya Pradesh from Wednesday. The Aditya Birla Group company has already cut production of viscose staple fibre (VSF) and halved output of Chlor-Alkali from the rated capacity of 258,000 tonnes a year. In a press release, the company said it had to curtail production due to the delay in the onset of monsoon and the consequential water shortage. “The plant is likely to be closed on July 3,” it added. “We could manage production till now with the additional arrangements for temporary water storage this year,” said the release. However, with delay in monsoon despite a forecast of normal monsoon by mid-June, the company has been forced to suspend staple fibre production at the Nagda plant. The plant will resume normal production as soon as there are adequate rains in the catchment areas, it said. The company faced a similar problem last year also. VSF is a man-made, biodegradable fibre with characteristics similar to …

Singapore to help Delhi draw potable water from sewage

Source: Timesofindia Usage of treated sewage water for drinking purpose is set to become a reality in the city. Delhi Jal Board and Singapore Cooperation Enterprise are to sign an agreement on Wednesday for treatment and recycling of waste water at the Coronation Pillar sewage treatment plant to potable levels. Singapore will not only assist with the technology that is already in use in the small island state but Singapore-based Temasek Foundation will also be funding 70% of the total project cost. According to DJB officials, a water reclamation plant of 40 million gallons per day capacity will be set up at the Coronation Pillar plant. The project will operate on a public-private partnership with Temasek providing 4, 63,149 Singapore dollar. “The Singapore government will help DJB prepare an initial feasibility report, a detailed project report and fine tune other issues. The tender for the project will be issued not before the beginning of 2014 but we are hoping that it will be completed in the next four years,” said …

Anheuser Busch, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Intel Link Climate Change to Water Risk, Ceres Study Finds

Source: Environmentalleader Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, KB Home, Alcoa and Intel are among the 27 percent of companies assessed that made the connection between climate change and water risk in 2011, up from 10 percent in 2009, according to a report from Ceres. The study, Clearing the Waters: A Review of Corporate Water Risk Disclosure in SEC Filings, analyzed changes in water risk disclosure by 82 companies — including Diageo, Dow, DuPont, Exxon-Mobile, Conoco Philips, AMD, General Mills and others — between 2009 and 2011, covering water use in eight water-intensive sectors: beverage, chemicals, electric power, food, home building, mining, oil and gas, and semiconductors. It found that while reporting has risen, data on financial impacts, quantitative water metrics and potential supply chain risks is lacking. Companies disclosing water-related physical risks increased from 76 percent to 87 percent (see chart), according to the report. Oil and gas, and chemical companies’ reported exposure to physical water risks jumped to 31 percent and 45 percent, respectively. Additionally, the study found a 46 …

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