Though World Water Day is celebrated every March 22, Corning’s commitment to sustainability and conserving resources shines year-round.
World Water Day aims to spread awareness about water shortages around the world, according to the United Nation’s World Water Day website. This year’s theme is “Leaving no one behind,” in correlation with one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – water for all by 2030. According to the UN, 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.
This World Water Day, Corning highlights two recent projects that are making a difference.
Research Facility Reduces Water Use by 30%
Sullivan Park, Corning’s global research and development center, is using nearly 30 percent less water annually thanks to new equipment installed by the site’s Global Energy Management (GEM) team.
Brian Morse, facilities technician and GEM team member at the Sullivan Park facility in Painted Post, New York, explained the team installed equipment that removes calcium and hardness from the water to reduce higher water treatment costs.
The new equipment also significantly increases the number of times the water can be used, thereby reducing annual water use by nearly 30 percent.
“This project helps us save water and costs,” Morse said. “It’s a win-win for both Corning and the environment.”
Plant in Maine Saving 780K gallons per year
A new water tank installed at Corning’s Life Sciences plant in Kennebunk, Maine, is cutting the facility’s water use by nearly 80,000 gallons per year.
After determining the plant’s water tank would have to be replaced, Rulewich designed a new, more efficient one, which was then built by a local vendor.
“We achieved our goals, and then some,” he said. “In addition to making maintenance a little easier for our tank operators, we’re cutting some costs and helping the environment by saving a substantial amount of water.”