Cost-cutting without endangering environment
NAVIGATING a course through the new safety, health and environmental regulations is not easy and now, more than ever, the use, conservation and recycling of water is a national rather than a company issue.
While many businesses see environmental regulations as just another cost burden, Nalco-Chemserve sees potential for costs savings. Companies adopting a total water management approach can save on water treatment costs while complying with new environmental laws.
"We believe companies should focus on their core competencies and outsource their water management to us," says Paolo Balestra, market development manager at Nalco-Chemserve. "Our message is that a total water management approach has cost benefits, in addition to assisting them to satisfy local and international safety, health and environmental regulations."
Companies are subject to a variety of pressures from the financial markets, insurance companies, legislation, consumer bodies, media, trade unions and government, the result of which is a need for greater liability and accountability.
Says Balestra: "Nalco-Chemserve takes cognisance of the customers' environment in designing its approach to water management. The concept behind the one-stop shop approach is to transfer the burden of managing one's water resources from the customer to Nalco-Chemserve. This requires a deep level of understanding of the customer's business and processes, which is dealt with systematically through a quality process. This process involves the execution of an in-depth water management audit which identifies the plant's capabilities in terms of process efficiencies, equipment integrity and water resource management, and safety, health and environmental management. This information is then used to jointly develop a strategic water management plan in combination with the customer's business plan.
"Of special interest is our ability to effect water resource management with unique process modelling capabilities, which would typically follow on from the water management audit. This is an advanced computer simulation software package which predicts chemical, technical, financial, operational and risk benefit analysis in the re-engineering exercise. The focus of this is to assist industrial companies to meet the requirements of the new water law and thus realise water savings for the wider community. Part of this approach includes Nalco-Chemserve's alliance with equipment manufacturer US Filter, which extends our ability to offer a one-stop shop that brings together all facets required to manage water from its supply to its discharge.
"What we are looking for is to create an environment which is conducive to partnership; to be in a position to share both the profits and risks associated with water management. This ultimate accolade can only be achieved through mutual understanding and respect of our individual core competencies."