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Water auditing and environmental management systems: A case study

Sturman, J.J., Mathew, K. and Ho, G.E.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 (2002) Water auditing and environmental management systems: A case study. In: Proceedings of the Fifth Specialised Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, 25 - 27 September, Istanbul, Turkey pp. 1067-1074.



We have investigated the relationship between global visions for water, water conservation, water auditing, environmental auditing and environmental management systems. The conceptual relations found earlier are made concrete in this paper by means of a case study. The case study involves the audit of the water treatment plant and steam circuit of an industrial enterprise. From this audit a variety of water conserving outcomes were possible, together with increases in water use efficiency, re-use and recycling. The water management strategy included the following recommendations: updating the existing measurement systems, reuse of bearing cooling water, storing for reuse water dumped for boiler maintenance, recovery of water separated from the steam line and, interestingly, establishing a tree plantation to use beneficially water otherwise discharged to ground. The water audit relates to the water policies of the company, its overall environmental policy and in general to environmental auditing and environmental management systems.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Environmental Technology Centre
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