Water is precious. As the world population goes up, and water resources become scarcer, conservation efforts from everyone become ever more crucial. Ford has established a global water strategy, and manages to save water in its manufacturing facilities in every way possible. Between 2000 and 2013, Ford has reduced total global water use by 61%, or more than 10 billion gallons.
To celebrate World Water Day this year, on March 22, Ford would like to share some little things you can do around the house to live a greener life.
Drip, drip, drip…
If you’re looking for the culprit behind your waist-deep water bill at home, a good place to start, is to check whether there are any water leaks. Ford conducts water leak identification programs, and water assessments at manufacturing plants around the world to control water loss. So plug up leaky pipes at home and immediately save on your monthly water bill.
It’s easy to overlook simple ways to save water. If you have kids at home, stick some fun graphics around the house and encourage them to learn about the importance of water conservation. Spread the message to the community groups, and other organizations to which you belong.
Shut off when off-site
Do you turn off your home’s primary water main when traveling for business or going on holiday? Doing so, can greatly reduce the chance, that water leaks go undetected while you’re away. Ford shuts off water systems in areas that are not in use, and when the plants are closed, including areas like the car wash stations, phosphate overflows and leak test zones.
Waste not, want not
Water reuse is an effective way to cut down on your water bill, and reduce water consumption. Simple activities like collecting water used to rinse veggies and fruits, and reusing it to water your plants can make a big difference. Ford recycles treated waste-water for further use including irrigating, floor cleaning, workshop water consumption, and more.
Gardening for the future
Keeping your lawn lush can be a big drain on water – it may be time to rethink your garden. In recent years, Ford has taken steps to reduce the need for watering by using native, drought resistant vegetation or other landscaping that requires less or no water.
Keep the hose in its holster
Instead of washing your car with a hose, try using a pail of soapy water before rinsing with a waste-reducing spray nozzle. While cleaning floors and outdoor areas, avoid using a hose whenever possible.
Many manufacturers offer dishwashers, refrigerators, and ice machines that are more water, and energy efficient. While initial investment may be more expensive, savings on water and electricity bills can make the purchase of greener machines a no-brainer in the long run, at home and in the factory.
Try to avoid flushing away cotton balls or make up tissues. Simply throwing them in a bin will cut down on the amount of water wasted with every flush.
At staff canteens around the world, Ford kitchen employees only operate dishwashers at full capacity. This is easily replicated at home – whether it’s a dishwasher or a load of laundry, strive to run it only when it’s completely full. It’s small savings, which can add up if we all pitch in.
To learn more about Ford’s water saving initiatives, check out the Sustainability Report.