Learn about the other most common uses of water in these industries
When most people think of water, they think of showering in clean, fresh water or bathing in the warm water that comes from a tap. What most do not realize is that there are many other uses for water besides these two common ones. Some of the most common uses of water in the industrial sector are in the transportation of things and products, cleaning, cooling, heating, agriculture and industry. These are just some of the areas where water is used on a daily basis.
One of the more obvious uses of industrial water is the transportation of goods and products. A water footprint clearly shows the extent to which water is used in relation to total consumption. The water footprint for a person, household or business is simply defined as the amount of water produced or consumed to make the products and services consumed by the person, household or business. In some cases, industrial water use may also take into account the water used for manufacturing processes. This makes it easier to see why the amount of water used for making products and transporting materials can make a significant dent in the environment’s resources.
Industrial wastewater is often discharged into waterways
In addition to placing a burden on our environment, industrial wastewater contains dangerous contaminants that can pose serious threats to the environment and human health. Industrial wastewater is often discharged into waterways or into the ground water system. These waterways and ground water systems may be impaired by improper sewage treatment or by excessive use. Discharges into water bodies can result in severe pollution, chemical contamination, water quality degradation and even cause fish kills in some areas. There are a number of solutions to reduce the effects of factory wastewater and some of the most common are as follows:
These are just a few of the most common uses of water in the industrial setting. Others include the following: for agricultural and forestry activities, domestic and commercial sanitation, drinking water, household water treatment, industrial cooling and heating, industrial waste water treatment, industrial fertilization and soil reclamation, and so on. These and other uses of water are required in order to support a wide variety of industries and activities. A complete list of all the uses of water can be found in the OSHA manual on industrial policies and procedures or by visiting OSHA’s website.
important factors in industrial uses of water
One of the most important factors in industrial uses of water is protection from the physical damage that happens when treated wastewaters are discharged into waterways. Ultrapure water use refers to the use of ultra-pure water without any means of filtration or sedimentation. Some common manufacturing uses of ultrapure water include filling hydraulic pumps with sterile water during manufacturing process, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and washing of equipment parts, and production of pharmaceutical drugs and other biotechnological medicines. Ultrapure water has also been used in some food processing plants where it’s used to induce coagulation (cranking back) of pasta in order to speed up the turning of the starch. In fact, the most common types of antibiotics used in modern medicine are derived from microbes with this property.
While the uses listed above are more common to various industrial applications, these are not the only places where the water we waste on a daily basis makes its way. Water pollution is a major problem around the world and it shows no signs of being solved. Therefore, just as you do your part in keeping our water supply clean by making sure your lawn gets enough water and that the water you shower down on your lawn is free from pollutants, you should also try to minimize your water usage to the extent possible.