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OxyChem Addressing the Global Water Crisis through Partnership with Water Mission

Sustainability Challenge:

More than 2.1 billion people around the global lack access to clean, safe drinking water.

Chemistry Solution:

OxyChem’s ACL chlorine water disinfection tablets have helped provide clean water for more than one million people in refugee camps and emergency disaster areas around the globe.

Sustainability Benefit:

OxyChem has helped to elevate the standard of living of more than one million people with its chlorine chemistry, helping people live healthier and longer lives.

More than 2.1 billion people around the global lack access to clean, safe drinking water, and an estimated 842,000 people die each year due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene.

Child drinking water from a spicketTo address the growing need for potable water around the globe, Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) has partnered with Water Mission, a nonprofit that designs, builds and implements safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas.

Since 2018, OxyChem has contributed over 120,000 pounds of ACL chlorine water disinfection tablets that have been used to produce more than 834 million gallons of clean drinking water and help Water Mission provide clean water for more than one million people in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania refugee camps, as well as emergency disaster areas including Haiti and Bahamas.

Over the last 20 years, Water Mission has served almost 5 million people in 56 countries with lasting safe water solutions to combat the global water crisis. OxyChem works with Water Mission to provide technical training to the local communities on how to operate the water system, develop a water source and safely handle and store the ACL chlorine tablets. The program creates a self-sustaining clean water model in which communities can collect revenue from the sale of the water to invest back into the system.

The partnership has helped reduce environmental impacts to rivers and streams in communities where Water Mission operates, by helping enable better sanitation practices to produce clean water. This has resulted in additional positive community impacts, including helping improve the safety of women walking to collect safe drinking water for their families, as well as allowing young children to attend school due to less water-related illnesses.

Nalco Technology Helped Save 146.2 Billion Gallons of Water

Sustainability Challenge:

Growing global demand for fresh water requires effective management and conservation of water resources.

Chemistry Solution:

Innovative technologies enable companies and communities to use less water, while recovering and repurposing wastewater for new applications.

Sustainability Benefit:

In 2017, 3D TRASARTM cooling water technologies developed by Nalco, and Ecolab company, helped save 146.2 billion gallons of water, equivalent to the yearly drinking water needs of more than 505 million people.

In the developed world, business and industry account for nearly 60 percent of all water use. Water is necessary for almost any business operation, but in facilities and manufacturing, cooling systems consume particularly large amounts of water and energy. Innovative technologies can help companies implement effective, site-specific water stewardship initiatives.

Nalco 3D Trasar Technology 3D TRASARTM technology for cooling water, developed by Nalco, an Ecolab company, helps industry manage and improve cooling water system performance, conserving water and increasing energy efficiency.

Using real-time monitoring and information management capabilities, 3D TRASAR technology enables facilities to detect corrosion, microbial activity and salt content and other contaminants in reclaimed water that can affect cooling systems. The result, Nalco found, is a balanced, efficient and safe cooling, boiler or membrane system that can require less maintenance, eliminates over-/under-dosing of chemicals, and provides high asset protection at lower operating costs.

Facilities around the world have adopted this technology to address water challenges. In Tarragona, Spain, a large manufacturer sought to reduce the amount of water it drew from a local river, by cleaning and reusing municipal effluent for the facility’s cooling towers. Using the 3D TRASAR technology, the company was able to control fouling and manage the corrosiveness of recovered water so it was suitable for use in the cooling tower.

The cooling tower now uses up to 40 percent reclaimed water, enabling a savings of approximately 310 million gallons of river water a year – equivalent to the average daily water use of more than 25,000 people.

Overall, in 2017, 3D TRASAR cooling water technologies helped a range of businesses save 146.2 billion gallons of water, equivalent to the yearly drinking water needs of more than 505 million people.


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