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Ford Has Water Conservation Goal In Sight
On Friday Ford Motor Company announced they were over halfway toward their current goal of using an average of only four cubic meters of water per vehicle during manufacturing globally by 2015. The company reduced the average amount of water used to make each vehicle by 8.5 percent between 2011 and 2012.
"Ford recognizes the critical importance of water, and is committed to conserving water and using it responsibly," says Robert Brown, the vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering.
"Many vehicle manufacturing processes require water and the resource is used at every point in our supply chain."
In late 2011 the company said its global water use reduction strategy would decrease the average amount of water used to make each vehicle by 30 percent between 2009 and 2015. Since 2009 water use has already been cut by 25 percent per vehicle. There are more of these statistics presented in a bland fashion in this press release.
But what you really need to know is that since 2000 when Ford launched their Global Water Management Initiative , they have decreased their total water usage globally from 64 million cubic meters to 24 million cubic meters. This is the equivalent of about 10.6 billion gallons of water or enough to fill 16,000 Olympic-size pools with or without a Michael Phelps or a Ryan Lochte swimming in them.
Andy Hobbs, the director of the Environmental Quality Office, said they did it by “aggressively monitoring and managing just about every drop of water going into and out of its facilities and properties.” Forget Big Brother because Big Auto is watching your water consumption in their buildings- so they can reuse it somewhere else!
The Chennai Assembly Plant in India has a new system that began operating in September of last year that allows the plant to recycle 100 percent of its water.
Ford also works in the communities they are based to help improve water quality and accessibility through the Ford Fund.
In Southwest China sixty Ford employees from Nanjing helped eight families build water cellars that will capture water during the rainy season to store for future use in drier parts of the year.
Here in the United States at the Louisville Assembly Plant Ford recently replaced the parking lot asphalt with pervious paving blocks. While this might not sound like a big deal and just an aesthetic or safety issue the new paving blocks manage stormwater runoff and help protect nearby bodies of freshwater like the Ohio River. In February the assembly plant celebrated 100 years in the city of Louisville.
Ford’s annual sustainability report is release every June. Here is last year's report for your viewing pleasure and to tide you over until the summer.
1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.
1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.
2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.