According to a study published by the United Nations (UN), the global demand for water resources for industry will increase by 400% between 2000 and 2050.
That United Nations World Water Resources Development Report 2015 show the challenges which will become stronger in the years to come.
In Latin America, the main concern is to achieve sustainable integration between water management and socio-economic development. The role of industry, one of the main contributors to consumption, could not be more central.
Example of reducing water wastage
Water is not only an indispensable resource for life on the planet, but also for economic growth. The challenge is to find a balance that can ensure water security.
It’s not easy, but there are a few alternatives. For example, in the Brazilian industry, they have a technology known as UC systemfrom the company Ultra Clean.
The technical director of this company, José Roberto Rodrigues de Souza, explains that the system is an option for cleaning to dry Pipes by firing foam projectiles.
“The mechanical impact of the projectiles removes finished products, debris, biofilm and more. This is how industry saves time, disinfectants, chemical products, waste water treatment and above all water,” emphasizes Rodrigues.
The resource is useful for any business in the industrial sector that needs to clean or decontaminate piping and hoses during the production process.
The result, in addition to the recovery and reuse of products that are in the pipes in good condition, is a reduction at least fifty% when using water.
Reducing water wastage is not the only challenge
Brazil also has another example that shows how taking care of water resources is still a challenge. In November 2015, the break of two Dams for mineral residues devastated a city (Mariana, in Minas Gerais) and its surroundings with a huge mudslide.
The companies responsible – Samarco and its shareholders, the Brazilian Vale and the Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton – received provisional fines Ibama (Brazilian government’s environmental agency) and has committed to take emergency and repair measures.
The damage done to the Doce River will last for generations. What happened also serves to discuss the importance of not only thinking about wasting water, but also taking care to avoid it contamination.
Finally, it also highlights the UN report on water resources and disasters related events hydrological They are the most destructive of natural hazards, both economically and socially.
The risks are not unique to large companies. Even small and medium-sized companies face the challenge similar challenges.