How Rainwater Makes Manufacturing Businesses Greener

Posted on: 17 January 2018

With all the publicity climate change has received over the years, most business owners are now aware of how important their responsibility is to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. There are plenty of legal guidelines in place to ensure companies are putting green practices in place, and a lot of businesses go the extra mile to introduce their own measures on top.

One area that's often overlooked, however, is the use of water. In manufacturing, the water consumption can be vast, so anywhere you can cut back makes a big impact on your usage. Installing a rainwater tank is a great way to reduce your reliance on pumped-in water, and here are the ways it can be used.

Manufacturing processes

Water is widely used in various processes for manufacturing products. While, in some cases, this water needs to come directly from the municipal supply, there are plenty of occasions where rainwater is perfectly acceptable to use.

If the water isn't suitable in its raw form, it can be boiled and sterilised as needed to turn it into something that is. This opens up many more possibilities.

Using rainwater for your manufacturing can also help save you money, and if you switch over significantly large processes, these savings can be vast. In addition, you'll find that natural rainwater causes much less of a limescale problem, which reduces maintenance needs and prolongs the life of your equipment.

Cleaning

Machinery used in manufacturing plants needs frequent cleaning, and this can often be done using rainwater. Whether it's flushing out or rinsing down equipment, it can normally be done with your collected rain.

In addition to the equipment used in the actual manufacturing processes, rainwater is also great for washing vehicles. For companies that maintain a transportation fleet of any size, this can be quite a large water saving.

Flushing toilets

Large manufacturing plants need a lot of employees, and that means a lot of toilets flushing throughout the day. Water tanks can be connected to your plumbing so that toilets use your collected water when they flush.

Gardening

Many industries grow crops as part of their manufacturing process, which needs huge amounts of water. When it rains, nature takes care of your watering, but you can have long dry periods where you have to supply moisture yourself.

Saving some rainwater whenever it falls means you have a steady supply to keep your crops growing, without needing to turn on the tap.

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Ian's Guide to the Industrial Sector

Hi! My name is Ian and this is my guide to the industrial sector. I do not work in the sector myself but ever since I was a boy, I have loved the idea of seeing heavy industry at work, manufacturing the goods and products our country needs. My passion started when I visited my dad's workplace when I was a boy. My dad worked in a large industrial plant on the outskirts of Perth. I was so impressed at the sound and the large machines and the energy of the place. Although I didn't get a job in the industrial sector, I still take a very keen interest in it.

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