Module 3

Case Examples and Reference Links

Water Management Risk Assesment

Module Purpose and Approach

This module provides a database of case examples provided by GEMI members that have been used in a wide range of industry sectors to manage water wisely. It also contains reference links that provide specific water-related information. This module can be used to identify case examples that may apply to your facility with the intent to improve overall water resource management within the facility and in the community. In addition, examples have been provided that outline methods to improve overall efficiency of specific operating equipment.

The user is encouraged to review the operations, scan through the available case examples and referenced information, and identify potential new opportunities where these examples can be applied.

Module Guidance

Figure 3 represents the Community Map found in the Introduction that is segregated into three sectors: Industry, Community and Natural Resources. The user can mouse over and click the sector of interest and access case examples that relate to that sector.

Figure 3. Community Map
map Click here to view the Community related case examples. Click here to view the Industry related case examples. Click here to view the Natural Resources related case examples.

Complete List of Case Examples in the Database

Company Resource
3MConverting Wastewater to an Irrigation Source in Bangalore
3MReusing Wash Water in a New Jersey Plant
3MUpgrading a Pure Oxygen Wastewater Treatment System in Illinois
Abbott LaboratoriesConserving for Over a Decade at an Arizona Plant
Abbott LaboratoriesLaunching an Access to Water Plan that Reduces Water Usage by 15 Percent
Abbott LaboratoriesWastewater Recycling, Freshwater Savings and Now Reusing Water for Cooling and Steam
Anheuser-Busch Inc.Protecting Water Resources
Ashland Inc.Improving a Tire Manufacturer's Process and Product Quality with a Chemical-Free System
Ashland Inc.Improving Industrial Water Treatment with an Ultrasonic System
Ashland Inc.Using Chemical-Free Microbiological Control at an Engine Manufacturing Plant
Ashland Inc.Taking a Non-Chemical Approach to Microbiological Control for a Recirculating Cooling Water System
The Coca-Cola CompanyTeaming to Meet the Global Water Challange
The Coca-Cola CompanyGlobal Water Risk Assessment and Mitigation Planning
ConAgra FoodsConserving Water Three Ways Over Ten Weeks
ConAgra FoodsSaving Through Water and Energy Reuse at an Idaho Processing Plant
ConAgra FoodsImproving Process Wastewater Operations at a Lamb Weston Plant in Canada
The Dow Chemical CompanyReclaiming Wastewater at an 86 Percent Recovery Rate
The Dow Chemical CompanyRecognizing the Staff Who Save Millions through Waste Reduction
The Dow Chemical CompanyImproving the Quality of Ultrapure Water in a Dresden Microprocessor Plant
The Dow Chemical CompanyProviding an Innovative Reclamation System for a Petrochemical Plant in Taiwan
The Dow Chemical CompanyImproving Process Water Quality and Cutting Costs at a Bulgarian Power Station
DuPontPracticing Global Awareness Site by Site for a Decade of Change
DuPontRecovering Up to 90 Percent of the Wastewater in a German Plastic Resins and Synthetic Fibers Plant
DuPontReducing Water Consumption by More Than 99.5 Percent at a Chemical Compounding Plant in India
Eastman Kodak CompanyWater Management in Mexico: Recycling, Reuse and Zero Discharge
Eastman Kodak CompanyConserving Water Effectively in a Water-Intensive Industry
Eastman Kodak CompanyChanging Manufacturing Operations and Exceeding Water Conservation Goals
GlaxoSmithKlineProject “Neeru” (Project Drinking Water)
Johnson Controls, Inc.Helping Customers to Achieve New Efficiencies
Kraft Foods, Inc.Reducing Impacts on Surface and Groundwater at the World's Largest Cheese Plant
Occidental Petroleum CorporationConserving Fresh Water in a New Mexico Oil Field Expansion Project
Occidental Petroleum CorporationWaterflooding in Oman to Extend the Life of a Desert Region Oil Field
Occidental Petroleum CorporationProtecting the Watershed in the Tennessee Copper Basin
Pfizer IncBuilding a Partnership for Pure Water in Puerto Rico
Pfizer IncUse of a Water Balance to Reduce Water Usage
Pfizer IncTreated Water Reuse and Zero Discharge in Puerto Rico
Pfizer IncConserving Water through Site Operations: Four Ways by Pfizer
Pfizer IncProtecting the Source: Ann Arbor Watershed Improvement
The Procter & Gamble CompanyAugmenting the Water Treatment Process for Multiple Savings at a German Plant
The Procter & Gamble CompanyReusing Water and Saving on Effluent Fees in Germany
The Procter & Gamble CompanyFinding Three Ways to Reuse Condensate
The Procter & Gamble CompanySharing Treated Wastewater to Help a Community Overcome Water Shortages
The Procter & Gamble CompanyEarning an Award for Innovative Water Reuse in Connecticut
The Procter & Gamble CompanyMeeting Environmental Goals in Spain: Starting with the Housekeeping Details
The Procter & Gamble CompanyReaching Out in a Philippine Island to Build Awareness about Safe Drinking Water
The Procter and Gamble CompanyMaking Drinking Water Safer from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe
RocheReusing Pump Flush Water
Southern CompanySaving Six Million Gallons with a Reusable Coolant Source at a Georgia Plant
Southern CompanyConserving Thousands of Gallons, Saving Millions of Dollars at an Alabama Steam Plant
Texas Instruments Inc.Raising Water Efficiency to Ninety Percent in Water Production Plants
Texas Instruments Inc.Improving Efficiency at Water Production Plants in Texas
Texas Instruments Inc.Offsetting Water Consumption with Strategies for Wastewater Reuse
Tyson Foods, Inc.Growing at a Missouri Poultry Processing Facility with the Aquifer in Mind

In addition to the case example links provided within the three sectors of the Community Map, the case examples can be accessed by categories that were generated to further assist the user. Table 6 represents a list of case example categories that are contained in the database.

Table 6. List of Case Example Categories in the Database

Complete List of Reference Web Sites

This is a list of links to reference web sites that GEMI members have found useful during the development of water management programs.

NOTE: These are third-party web sites, which are not affiliated nor endorsed by GEMI.

Company Resource
American Water Works Association
Consejo Consultivo del Agua, A.C.
CPWC Programme
Development Planning Unit, UCL
Global Environment Facility
Global Water Partnership
International Water Association
International Water Management Institute
IWA Publishing
Latin-American Faculty of Social Science
Mexican Institute of Water Technology
Newcastle University
Pacific Institute
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Development Programme
Water UK
The World Bank Group
World Meteorological Organization
World Resources Institute
World Water Assessment Program
World Water Council


Water management is a complex issue for any organization. This tool, along with GEMI’s other tools, is meant to assist users along their journey to use water sustainably. While the tool does not cover every detail needed, it covers many of the areas that GEMI member companies consider crucial.

The user is encouraged to generate a water sustainability strategy for their operation, set goals and measure progress in meeting those goals.



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