Cost Reduction by Recycling, Reusing, and Reclaiming Water
By David Paul
The drive to recycle, reuse, and reclaim water has grown over the past couple of decades. Municipalities charge a fee for water coming into a plant, and charge another fee for water exiting a plant. For some companies, the monthly bill for water and wastewater is staggering. In this economy, with the need to reduce costs in any way possible, looking at ways to recycle, reuse and reclaim water and wastewater is essential. There are no universally accepted definitions for recycle, reuse and reclaim. All three terms are frequently used interchangeably. In this article, the following definitions will be used: Recycle: Taking water that is used in a treatment scheme and, with or without processing, using it in the same treatment scheme. Reuse: Taking water that is used in one application and, with or without processing, using it in a different application. Reclaim: Taking wastewater and, typically with processing, using it in some application.
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