AN INEVITABLE TRANSITION TOWARDS WATER EFFICIENCY
WE BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD OF WATER WILL BE RADICALLY
CHANGED BY THE CONJUNCTION OF A TWOFOLD PARADIGM SHIFT :
1 WATER IS EXHAUSTIBLE AND ALTERABLE
The increase in the population and economic activity creates pressure on the water resources and natural environments. Accentuated by climate disturbance, these quantitative and qualitative modifications will lead to growing constraints and complications in terms of water access and discharge permits for industrial sites.
Water, in sufficient quality and quantity, will not necessarily be available every day of the year = all human activity will have to be adapted to these new constraints
2 WATER IS VERY EXPENSIVE
Water is wrongly considered to be fairly inexpensive, as it is generally only perceived through its more ‘visible’ direct costs, namely its material cost (e.g.: €/m³ consumed; taxes and fees associated with the volumes and quality of the discharge).
This is a very partial vision. Indeed, water is used in all industrial processes: it is used on a daily basis to wash, rinse, dissolve, dilute, heat, cook, cool, and as an ingredient, etc.
The performance of water usage has an impact on the global operations of a plant and therefore it has an economic impact that stretches way beyond its mere direct cost.
In this way, to those costs that are immediately visible, you must add:
- other direct costs: all those (CAPEX and OPEX) linked to transport, treatment and storage of water for processes (reverse osmosis, for injectable preparations, iced, steam…) and waste water. As a result, this also comprises energy costs linked to water usage (electricity consumption by pumps, ventilators, etc.).
- The indirect costs: all the additional costs notably linked to the impact on the plant’s performance due to defects regarding the quantity or quality of the water.