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KODAK GIVES SNAPSHOT OF WATER REDUCTION EFFORTS IN SUSTAINABILITY PLANS

Photography company Kodak has released its 2021 sustainability report outlining the company's focus on reducing water use. Getting water in the frame American photography company Kodak has this month released its 2021 sustainability report that has put reducing the business's global water use as one of its main ambitions. Kodak's main target is to globally reduce its water use at its facilities by 25 per cent from its 2016 total water use, which was recorded as 2.09 million cubic meters (552,119,589.4 gallons). In its 2021 report, Kodak consumed a total of 1.52 million cubic meters (401,541,519.6 gallons) of water in 2020 for its global operations. For the past three years, Kodak has seen its global water use reduce steadily after it saw its 2017 water use exceed its 2016 total use.
Articles

Water Softeners: A $10.3B Market with Flawed Solutions

Current solutions are lacking accuracy or longevity Industrial water softener systems involve the precise dispensing of brine, created by adding tap water to salt tablets. The machine requires precise dispensing of brine, and can be significantly damaged by anomalous performance, such as pumping fresh water instead of
Water Treatment

Pump Automation Systems

Pumping stations are essential for water treatment – unfortunately, you’re probably thinking. Because these systems send massive quantities of water through the different treatment and purification stages, they are often prone to faults and almost always consume a lot of energy. Festo has developed a safe and

How to choose a Water Filter

We’re often disappointed—but not surprised—to learn that there’s a lot in our drinking water that we’d rather not consume. And while fixing our water systems is a larger structural problem that requires we demand change, investing in a quality water filter is one thing you can do at home in the meantime. There are
Wastewater Treatment

Sludge dewatering technologies

Article Summary Growing measures to minimize the hazardous impacts arising from wastewater streams have forced the advancement of various wastewater, sludge treatment and dewatering systems. This article examines the global dewatering equipment market share and discusses the benefits of several technologies utilized for dewatering various waste sludges. The sludge dewatering effectiveness of belt filter press and decanter centrifuge technology is compared at a US Gulf Coast refinery. More economical solutions The current world economic environment has forced refiners to process various alternative feedstocks in order to generate higher margins. Processing opportunity crudes comes at a cost of removal of higher levels of pollutants and generation of proportionately larger amounts of sludge
Desalination

Seawater Desalination Plant

The desalination of seawater is quite straightforward and does not require large amounts of energy. It uses special membranes with tiny pores to separate salt, bacteria, viruses and other impurities from seawater. These systems produce water suitable for drinking, while about 50% of the seawater entering a desalination plant is reclaimed by diffusers. The water is then treated and then pumped back into the ocean. The process of desalination uses a brine heater to increase feed water temperature, and it can use heat energy from a power station or waste stream. The high temperature of the brine flows through evaporation chambers in stages one to ten. A demisting device allows the vapor to rise to the condenser coils during each stage. This condensed water is then fed away for further

Industrial reverse osmosis systems and configurations

There are several common ways to design industrial reverse osmosis systems but they all include common components such as membranes, pumps and devices used to manage flow and pressure. Reverse osmosis membranes are incorporated into systems that deliver source water to the membranes, apply cross flow that sweeps
Country Reports

Addressing Water Scarcity Using Digital and Smart Technologies: The Case of Egypt

Access to clean and freshwater remains a fundamental human right as driven by the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (UN’s SDG 6) Number 6. Unfortunately, access to clean water as an essential resource in Africa is not yet fully realized. The UN has estimated that 1 in 3 people across the African continent lack access to this vital resource.[1] Efforts to enhance access to clean water remain essential and a priority for the African continent. This will enhance the health of Africans, more especially children, to enable drinking, irrigation, farming, and industrial applications. However, access to fresh and clean water remains scarce for most African countries such as South Africa, Niger, Egypt, Sudan, and Chad, among others. African countries, more

Swiss water sustainability technology viable for Middle East

Sustainable water management systems will become a severe priority soon, as water is already becoming a scarce resource worldwide. The World Resources Institute identified thirty-three countries set to face extremely high-water stress by 2040, with fourteen in the Middle East, particularly the Arabian Peninsula. The
Pumps & Flow Meters

What is a water flow meter?

The water flow meter is an instrument specially used to measure the flow of water in pipes. You can get many different types of water flow meters from your facility. When used in certain applications, each flow meter has its own advantages. For many pipelines and similar systems, the water must be maintained at a specified flow rate to ensure the effective operation of the system. At low flow rates, the speed of the water may be so low that suspended solids settle to the bottom of the pipe, which will deteriorate the efficiency of the pipe and eventually lead to the accumulation of contaminants, which can cause damage. Since water flow meters can be used in a wide range of applications, there are many reasons to need these flow meters. On the one hand, knowing that the fluid is in the

Submersible Pumps: Why use one and how to choose one

A submersible pump is a pump which must be fully submerged to pump fluid. These pumps are often found in deep wells and boreholes as they are ideal for pumping water from deep below ground. They do not usually suffer from cavitation (the physical limit on sucking water from the surface) as surface pumps do, which means

Simplest way you can install a submersible pump (Sumo) in your borehole

Practically, it is not your job to install a sumo in your borehole rather your engineer does that for you. However, in the case that no experienced person is there to assist in the installation this post will provide simple procedures you can follow to install the pump. Note that it is advisable to ask an experienced
Pipes & Valves

What is an Irrigation System?

An irrigation system is a method of delivering water to an area where it is needed, but not normally present in the required amounts. Generally, it is used for agriculture and landscaping purposes. The effectiveness of the irrigation is determined by a number of different factors, including the type of delivery system and the conditions at its time of use. The key to an effective irrigation system is to get as much water to the plants, or into the soil, as possible. While this may seem like an easy thing to do, it is not. In fact, water loss from these systems can be up to 50% in some cases. The reason for this is simple: evaporation. When water is sprayed over a large distance, it begins to break up from a steady stream and eventually becomes small droplets, or even a mist. On hot and

Actuators And Valves Market

The global actuators & valves market size was valued at $101.14 billion in 2019, and is projected to reach $149.31 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 6.1% from 2020 to 2027. Actuators and valves are used in various industries for regulating and directing the flow of fluids during various processes. A valve is a
Interviews

Ecolab Makes an Exponential Impact on Water Sustainability

Arjan Boogaards is the Senior Vice President and President, Middle East & Africa (MEA) region for Ecolab Inc., the global specialist in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. waterHQ conducted an interview with Boogaards who talked to us about Ecolab’s comprehensive solutions and how the company optimizes water and energy use, and improves operational efficiencies for customers in the MENA region.

Panasonic Added New Residential Water Supply Systems

waterHQ conducted an interview with Hidenori Matsubara, General Manager, Panasonic Eco Solutions Middle East & Africa, a division of PMMAF to highlight the latest development from Panasonic on the water industry. Panasonic has a long history of Water Pumps business dating back to 1955. Panasonic Manufacturing Indonesia

Aussie Pumps, a Customer Focused Philosophy

waterHQ conducted an interview with Warwick R. Lorenz, Managing Director at Aussie Pumps. The company, popularly known throughout Australia and South Pacific as Aussie Pumps, began trading in 1993 with a clear mission to provide first class water pumps and cleaning equipment to Australian and international consumers.
Industry Experts

Water Industry Innovations in 2018

As the human population of the world continues to grow rapidly, bridging the gap between supply and demand and providing access to safe, clean water has become a priority and a strategic imperative that must be continuously addressed. Thus, there is a clear need to seek out fresh ideas and new approaches to deal with the challenges of dwindling natural water supplies. Whilst there is still some methods to follow, advances in science and technology are helping to bridge this gap and drive the industry forward. The goal of many of these advances is to enhance sustainability and efficiency of production whilst reducing power usage and wastage to a minimum throughout water infrastructure networks. And the advances that will reach success will be scalable, at low cost, and ecologically

Desalination to the Rescue

The world has very little fresh water and it is running out. At tens of billions of tons yearly, the fresh water of the ice caps is falling into the salty sea which is already 97 percent of the world’s water. Rising sea levels will cause mayhem with the supplies of most of the world’s cities because they sit low down
Events

The Big 5 To Gather Global Construction Leaders at Its Digital Festival

The Big 5, the international event accelerating growth in the construction industry for the past four decades, is launching the first Big 5 Digital Festival - Global this year. The event, which will run completely online from 23 to 26 November, will gather the global construction community to build resiliency and empower industry professionals to grow their businesses, learn from the world’s top experts, and be ready for the post Covid-19 world. “Sharing knowledge, and maintaining and building connections with industry peers, partners, and experts are paramount for construction industry players to successfully navigate through these challenging times”, says Josine Heijmans, Vice President – Construction at dmg events, the organisers of The Big 5. “This is why we decided to run a completely

DEWA Organises Virtual WETEX And Dubai Solar Show

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will organise the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the 5th Dubai Solar Show virtually from 26-28 October 2020. The two exhibitions will provide a new experience for exhibitors to display their products innovatively, through 3D

Water industry urged to “be agile” to build resilience

The water industry should continue to embrace new ways of working in a Covid-altered world and seize the opportunity to affect permanent change, a group of industry professionals heard. James Hargrave, regional operational leakage manager at Anglian Water, urged water utilities and suppliers not to aim to return to