PPG Wichita Falls flat glass plant significantly reduces fresh water consumption

Wastewater treatment and reuse saves critical resource during historic drought - PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) announced that a joint wastewater-reuse project with the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, has cut fresh water consumption by as much as 50 percent per day at the company’s glass manufacturing plant located there.   The $1.9 million project, which diverts treated wastewater to the plant’s glass-cooling towers, came online in February in the midst of a historic drought that had left the city’s water reservoirs at less than 20 percent of capacity.

The project has since helped the PPG facility reduce its peak daily fresh water consumption by as much as 200,000 gallons – about cutting in half the volume it used previously on a hot Texas summer day, and helping to preserve as much as 6 million gallons of much needed potable water in a month.

“Conserving water in this area is more critical than ever,” said Bill Haley, PPG plant manager, Wichita Falls. “This project created a win-win situation for our company and all of us who live and work in the community, too. In partnership with the city, we developed and implemented a sustainable solution that benefits everyone.”

Wastewater from the Wichita Falls Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant flows through a new pipeline into a retention pond at the PPG plant and then to the plant’s cooling towers, where it is used to chill molten glass from 3,000 degrees F to room temperature. In addition to reducing the plant’s fresh water consumption by as much as 50 percent each day, the wastewater-reuse project reduces PPG’s water bill for projected annual savings of about $275,000.

PPG, which employs about 350 local residents, contributed $700,000 to the project, which also was funded by the Wichita Falls Economic Development Council.

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PPG Industries' vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

 

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