Keywords: closing water cycles, water consumption reduction, wastewater management, water stress, industrial water usage, flow analysis, simulation, India, process water, water shortages, water supply, water saving
Reducing water consumption in industry through flow analysis and simulation: a case study from India
Increasing water shortages in some countries is forcing the industrial enterprises to secure their own supply of process water. Reducing water consumption and closing water cycles is essential in order to safeguard industrial water supply. The various ways of implementing water saving measures in a company can be highlighted via a status-quo analysis involving a simulation of the actual situation. This type of analysis was conducted in two industrial enterprises in India. It showed that water consumption could be reduced by 20% by the organisational procedures and by more than 50% through additional measures.