Water management practices should be related to the magnitude and cost of a facility’s water consumption. Water management initiatives should promote continuous improvement in the form of reducing water consumption, attaining water savings, effective water treatment, efficient water usage, and responsible disposal practices. Initiatives for water management may include rainwater harvesting, wastewater treatment for water reuse, in-process recirculation systems, dry process technologies to conserve water, water pressure management, and loss prevention.
Wastewater management is comprised of various initiatives aimed at the effective and justified use, treatment, storage, transfer and disposal of water. When not properly managed, wastewater can easily become a significant source of pollution that poses excessive risk to the environment and public health. In such a situation, an organization faces many liabilities and risks that threaten its future existence, especially when their management practices don’t adhere to legal requirements. On the other hand, managing wastewater in an efficient and responsible manner enables organizations to obtain numerous benefits and opportunities for improvement, which include:
- Reduced volume of wastewater discharged
- Reduced quantity of pollutants discharged
- Reduced risk of pollution incidents and liabilities
- Reduced cost of wastewater treatment and discharge
- Build a good reputation with customers, stakeholders and the community
- Increase the efficiency of water use, lowering water costs