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Boeing recognized for water efficiency projects

Local water district honors Boeing for its water use efficiency efforts

by Scott McCourtneyPublished: December 04, 2012 10:15 AM

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) and its project partners recognized Boeing’s Huntington Beach facility for its water efficiency practices with a Blue Ribbon Cutting Event on Nov. 30. By working with the MWDOC’s Water Smart Industrial Program, Boeing will receive more than $150,000 in incentives from the MWDOC, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Water Resources and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, while receiving technical support and assistance from the City of Huntington Beach. This event creates a water efficiency project that will save more than 16 million gallons of water per year at Boeing’s Huntington Beach facility.

The Ribbon Cutting Event marked the completion of Boeing’s Groundwater Extraction, Treatment, and Reuse System. This system will replace potable water that is currently being used in two large cooling towers with treated groundwater from contaminated underground aquifer. The project will reduce the use of potable water for this purpose, cleaning up contaminated groundwater and the beneficial use of a water supply that would not have otherwise been usable.

“The tremendous water saving achieved by Boeing will benefit the entire region by reducing demand on drinking water supplies and ensuring continued water reliability for Orange County,” said Jeffery M. Thomas, board president of the MWDOC.

Phase 1 of the project was recently completed and will save more than 16 million gallons of water per year.  Phase 2 will begin in the next couple of years and could save an additional 10 million gallons of water per year. Local companies can take an initiative like Boeing to work with the MWDOC to increase their water efficiency through improvements to industrial manufacturing processes and incorporation or installation of equipment that better captures and uses water.

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