The automotive industry today uses a variety of oil-based products, synthetic fluids, and paints as a part of their service and manufacturing processes. As a result, industrial wastewater management processes have been necessary to ensure these products do not harm the environment and life forms within it. These processes help to dispose of water that may be dangerous or can entail recycling the water, removing any dangerous compounds.
There are many advantages to wastewater treatments in the automotive industry. Companies should consider the practice if they are in the minority and not doing so already.
1. Reduced overall costs
Since most people think about water as being readily available and inexpensive, recycling water can seem like a waste of time and resources. However, the water used for most automotive needs is usually specialized. For example, de-carbonated or demineralized water may be used to clean many machines used to manufacture automobiles.
Recycling this water for re-use is more cost-effective for the automotive industry and will save on costs over time. Additionally, wastewater treatment processes are changing over time as researchers develop new techniques on a regular basis. Companies who take advantage of these newer technologies will save more energy, resources, and time which are then available for other needs. Although setting up a wastewater conservation program can be initially expensive, it will be a cost-saving measure in the long run.
2. Financial incentives
Although this advantage may not be applicable to every area of the automotive industry, there may be tax advantages or benefits provided by government agencies to companies that follow strict wastewater treatment guidelines. In contrast, companies who do not follow the regulations may face fines.
Automotive manufacturers should definitely explore options relating to wastewater treatment as these penalties for non-compliance could mean significant losses. These in turn could result in the inability to effectively compete with other companies and this could be especially devastating in a competitive market like automobiles.
3. Improved health
Since the water used in the automotive industry can be contaminated with dangerous compounds, solvents, and oils, there is the possibility of these compounds contaminating local water supplies as well as ponds, lakes, and streams. Industrial water treatment has a proven track record of preventing unclean water from entering the atmosphere and harming organisms.
Dirty water can also carry many risks for employees at automotive companies that use water in their systems. Workers who are around contaminated water may increase their risk of health problems over time as parasites in the water can attach themselves to humans and continued exposure to odors caused by solvents can be dangerous as well. Recycling wastewater will filter out potential disease-causing contaminants and reduce the exposure that employees have to them.
4. Efficient system with low energy costs
Unlike earlier years where recycling contaminated water was expensive and difficult, automotive industries can take advantage of the newest technologies to recycle their water with little difficulty. It is easy to follow the guidelines or recommendations and companies will find that once this recycling system is set up, a company can initiate the process with relative ease.
Although it is a positive process overall, the cost of industrial wastewater treatment processes used in automotive manufacturing results in high energy consumption nonethless and as a result, companies will be careful about the total amount of water that they use in the first place. Cutting down on water will reduce the amount of energy needed for water treatment as the process will not need to take place as often, saving a company significant time and resources not to mention allowing an opportunity to do their part to help the environment.