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WATER

Water is rapidly becoming the new energy. It may not seem like it because the cost of water is very low compared to the cost of energy, but access to water and supply reliability are two of the biggest risks posed to a myriad of industries. Per capita water demand is rising faster than the population, and the U.S. water footprint per capita is the highest in the world. As these problems will only continue to intensify over the next few decades, the smart companies are realizing that better water management is key to staying in business. iSpring helps clients manage their risk and prepare for an uncertain water future through a portfolio of water solutions and strategies.

Water Mapping and Footprinting

When compared to other utilities, the cost of water for companies in the United States is extremely low. Yet these low costs are artificial when examined in the context of how water is used in a particular building, landscaping setting, agricultural or manufacturing process. In these cases, things like electricity for water heating, the addition of chemicals for softening or cleaning, and wastewater remediation fees all add to the true cost of water usage. iSpring helps clients map the flow of water in their facility to enable them to quantify the true cost of different water applications based on how the water is used and in what quantity. This allows our clients to make crucial decisions about how to meet water reduction targets effectively and quickly.

Additionally, iSpring assists clients in developing their water footprint. Though still a nascent field, water footprinting is rapidly becoming a key tool for companies to uncover water-related risks and cost-saving opportunities. Unilever purports to have saved about $26 million between 2001 and 2007 by reducing water waste at its factories. iSpring considers clients' supply chain as well as their operational requirements to develop a comprehensive water footprint (using the Global Water Footprint Standard) that clarifies where to begin conservation efforts. And as water scarcity becomes an issue, companies that have already done the work of water footprinting will be ahead of the game when governmental regulations require water reporting.

Water Reduction and Recycling

Especially in locations where wastewater fees are rising, water reduction and recycling can help mitigate those costs. iSpring is an expert in optimizing water processes and identifying water waste to help companies reduce their overall consumption. Additionally, many companies use potable water for applications that don't require the water to be potable. This potable water is used once and discharged to the water treatment plant. In conjuction with water mapping, iSpring helps clients uncover opportunities for recycling water within their facility so that water can be given a second life before it's sent downstream. This helps companies reduce costs on the supply side as well as the discharge side while lowering their overall water usage.

Stormwater Management

While stormwater management was once a field that focused on removing rainwater from a site as quickly as possible, it has changed in recent years to focus on ways to manage water that capitalize on the earth's natural ability to process rain. In a number of municipalities, such as Philadelphia, local water authorities have started to charge for stormwater remediation separately from wastewater remediation in a way that penalizes properties that don't take advantage of newer, greener stormwater management techniques. For some companies, these increased fees mean that their stormwater remediation fees may far exceed their water purchase costs. iSpring assists clients that are looking to reduce these fees and implement green stormwater management techniques by providing advisory and technical support.


FEATURED RESOURCES

Case Study: Water Conservation at Bimbo Bakeries
Emerging Sustainability Metrics: Water Footprinting The Sustainability Buzz: April 2011
Valuing Water: How Can Businesses Manage the Coming Scarcity? Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership and The Wharton School of Business. March 2011.
Corporate Water-Energy Footprint: Critical Work for Risk Management EnvironmentalLeader.com
Why Your Company Should Care about Peak Water The Sustainability Buzz: April 2010

 

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