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A Practical Approach to Water Conservation for Commercial and Industrial Facilities - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781856174893, 9780080525068

A Practical Approach to Water Conservation for Commercial and Industrial Facilities

1st Edition

Author: Mohan Seneviratne
Paperback ISBN: 9780080976495
eBook ISBN: 9780080525068
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856174893
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 25th May 2007
Page Count: 400
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Industry and commerce use vast amounts of water and in some parts of the world water is becoming a scarce commodity. We need to take more care in our future use of water, and this book is a 'best practice' manual for industrial and commercial users world-wide. It offers a practical account of the measures which can be taken to re-educate industrial and commercial users in the techniques of water saving and re-use anywhere in the world. The principles are covered in detail and supported by examples from specific industries and commercial operations. Author Mohan Seneviratne is Manager of Sydney Water's 'Every Drop Counts Business Program', which won the prestigious 2006 Stockholm Industry Water Award in recognition of how the utility is working in partnership with business, industry and government to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Sydney’s water supply.

Key Features

  • The first book to cover water conservation for industrial users from processing plants to pubs and clubs
    * Provides practical advice on implementing water conservation for users in various industry sectors
    * Written by a practicing water conservation consultant


Water companies; local and national government; environmental mangaers; utilities engineers; architects; manufacturing industries

Table of Contents

1 Water Conservation – A Priority for Business
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Global Water Resources Availability
1.3 Human Need for Safe Drinking Water and Proper Sanitation
1.4 Meeting Agricultural Needs
1.5 The Impact of Climate Change
1.6 Business Sector Water Usage
1.7 Nine Reasons for Business to Reduce Their Water Consumption
2 Basic Water Chemistry
2.1 Overview
2.2 Solubility Principles
2.3 Common Substances Found in Water
3 Saving Water: Step by Step
3.1 Developing a Sustainable Water Management Plan
3.2 Step 1: Seek Senior Management Commitment
3.3 Step 2: Appoint A Water Conservation Manager
3.4 Step 3: Gather Baseline Data and Review Usage
3.5 Step 4: Identify Improvement Opportunities
3.6 Step 5: Preparing the Plan Prioritising the Opportunities
3.7 Step 6: Report the Results
4 Measuring Flow and Consumption
4.1 Flow Measurement
4.2 Types of FlowMeters
4.3 Selecting a Flowmeter
4.4 Dataloggers
4.5 Chemical Methods of Flow Measurement
5 Cooling Water Systems
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Types of Cooling Systems
5.3 Types of Cooling Towers
5.4 Water Conservation Opportunities
5.5 Alternative Water Sources
5.6 Cooling Water Treatment for Recirculating Water Systems
5.7 Role of Water Treatment Contractors in Water Conservation
6 Alternatives to Wet Cooling Towers
6.1 Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Systems
6.2 Energy Conservation=Water Conservation
6.3 Alternative Heat Rejection Systems
7 Steam Systems
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Steam System Principles
7.3 Steam and Energy Conservation Opportunities
7.4 Calculating the “True” Cost of Steam
8 Industrial Water Reuse Technologies
8.1 Introduction
8.2 A Step-by-Step Approach to Water Reuse
8.3 Pollutants Found in Reuse Streams
8.4 Removal of Pollutants
8.5 Removal of Suspended Solids
8.6 Removal of Fats, Oils and Greases
8.7 Removal of Biodegradable Organics
8.8 Removal of Heavy Metals
8.9 Adsorption
8.10 Membranes for Removal of Dissolved Ions
9 Making a Financially Sound Business Case
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Management Functions
9.3 Making a Good Business Case
9.4 Computing Cash Flows
9.5 Investment Appraisal Methods
9.6 Assessing Project Risk
10 The Hospitality Sector
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Benchmarking Water and Energy Consumption
10.3 Steps to Achieve Water Savings
10.4 Staff Awareness Programmes
10.5 Guest Awareness Programmes
11 Commercial Buildings, Hospitals and Institutional Buildings
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Commercial Property – Office and Retail
11.3 Hospitals
11.4 Correctional Centres
12 Swimming Pools
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Water Conservation Opportunities
13 Food Processing and Beverage Industry
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Water and Energy Usage
13.3 Understanding the Process and Where Water is Used
13.4 Benchmarking Water Usage and Comparing it Against Best Practice
13.5 Water Minimisation Measures in the Food-Processing Industry
14 Oil Refining
14.1 Introduction
14.2 Oil Refining Processes
14.3 Water Usage
14.4 Water Conservation Opportunities
15 Laundries
15.1 Introduction
15.2 Industry Structure
15.3 Types of Laundry Equipment
15.4 Benchmarking
15.5 Water Conservation


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About the Author

Mohan Seneviratne

Mohan Seneviratne, is the Director of Water Efficiency and Substitution, at the Queensland Water Commission, Australia and was the Manager of Sydney Water's ‘Every Drop Counts Business Program’, which won the prestigious 2006 Stockholm Industry Water Award.

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Mohan Seneviratne, Director of Water Efficiency and Substitution, at the Queensland Water Commission, Australia

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