Sandvik Guadalajara, Mexico has approximately 100 employees and over 30 contractors at its site which is responsible for machine overhauling. As the facility does not have access to a public drainage system, it has instead set up a process to treat 100% of the water it uses. This process has proven to be beneficial both economically and ecologically.
THE TREATMENT PROCESS
Due to the lack of public drainage available, water treatment is carried out via two separate processes.
Water that is mostly used in the manufacturing process is chemically treated in order to separate oils and chemical substances present in the liquid
A biological plant treats the water originating from bathrooms, kitchens and showers on site.
Much of the oil separated from the water through the chemical process can be recycled and re-used. Through the biological treatment of water, organic and non-organic waste is separated and the organic waste is used in the site’s gardens for compost.
The Guadalajara site has not only saved on costs which would have been incurred by disposing of waste but has also seen a reduction in the amount of potable water used. Due to the biological treatment, there are also environmental benefits, for example, there has been a reduction in the need of fertilizers in the gardens as compost is used as a substitute.
Water filtration and treatment equipment
Oil is separated through the process of decantation
If you would like to find out more about Sandvik’s water management programs then please get in touch.