Hickory Achieves Zero Industrial Wastewater Discharge to Municipality

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Water Management

Water Management

Water Management

Hickory Achieves Zero Industrial Wastewater Discharge to Municipality

Hickory Achieves Zero Wastewater Discharge

A decision made in January 2016 has led to a myriad of benefits for the Hickory Manufacturing and Technology Cable plant in North Carolina

According to Steve Street, Sr. Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator at Hickory, installing an ion exchange water treatment system for the plant’s process water is a green solution that reduces the site’s impact on the environment.  The project, completed in April 2017, had one main goal – to achieve zero process water discharge to the local municipality’s treatment facility. In addition, the project provides these benefits:

  • Reduces the site’s annual water usage by 11 percent, exceeding the annual water-reduction goal set by the Global Energy Management program for each Corning facility. 
  • Allows the plant to have its wastewater permit rescinded.
  • Returns approximately 650 hours of capacity to manufacturing by reducing downtime associated with weekly cleaning schedules.

The project connected all of Hickory’s manufacturing lines that use water for product cooling. The ion exchange system removes contaminates from the process water allowing the water to be filtered and returned to manufacturing for continual reuse, instead of being used once and discharged to the local municipality’s wastewater system.

In all, the project has helped Hickory reduce resource usage, capture cost savings, and provide more time to manufacture product.