Owens Corning, the fiberglass manufacturing processor in Kansas City, Kansas, is one example of an industry that has successfully implemented water conservation practices. Owens Corning’s manufacturing process has been very water-intensive over recent decades. In addition to significant city water consumption, well water was readily and inexpensively available and was used for many things including non-contact cooling of chemical storage tanks. Since well water was considered cheap and effective it was utilized for a multitude of uses around the facility for cooling, washing and for “insurance” in a few applications.
The Kansas City plant water reduction journey began about a decade ago when some very rough data was used for a study. Owens Corning then began setting some targets for water reduction across the company as it focused on reducing its “footprint.” All of the dedicated conservation efforts have led to Owens Corning being recognized within the local, state and national communities for water reduction, as well as other environmentally focused projects. An additional bonus to the conservation efforts has led to large reductions in both the water and sewer costs to the facility.