Water is one of the world's most valuable resources. Yet it is under constant threat due to climate change and resulting drought, explosive population growth, and waste. GE's Water & Process Technologies team is aware that a global water crisis exists today and are working to address it.
One of the most promising efforts to stem the global water crisis is industrial and municipal water reclamation and reuse.
The WateReuse Association defines reused, recycled or reclaimed water as water that is used more than one time before it passes back into the natural water cycle. Thus, water recycling is the reuse of treated wastewater for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, or replenishing a groundwater basin (referred to as groundwater recharge).
Water reuse allows communities to become less dependent on groundwater and surface water sources and can decrease the diversion of water from sensitive ecosystems. Additionally, water reuse may reduce the nutrient loads from wastewater discharges into waterways, thereby reducing and preventing pollution. This "new" water source may also be used to replenish overdrawn water sources and rejuvenate or reestablish those previously destroyed.
Utilizing proven, reliable technologies from GE, forward-thinking industrial leaders are saving money, generating new revenue sources, and helping the environment by reclaiming and reusing wastewater. Leading municipalities are leveraging GE's experience and expertise to safely recover wastewater and generate new incomes by using this reclaimed water for agricultural and industrial applications.
At GE, we are committed to addressing major water challenges through wastewater reclamation, treatment, and reuse to help industry and communities prosper.
Our proven technologies provide new sources of water, prevent water tables from dropping, and protect waterways from pollution.
Every day, GE is helping create a reliable, sustainable supply of water worldwide. By implementing GE’s advanced technologies that turn wastewater into resource, industry can increase their profits, while meeting regulatory requirements and protecting the environment.
|GE's solutions for mining help manage water levels without discharging impurities created from the process into the environment. GE is successfully turning the resulting impaired wastewater into a source of fresh water, while also protecting the environment.|
|In many regions where oil sources are abundant, water scarcity exists. By reclaiming and treating “used” wastewater from the production of oil, GE helps to create a self-sustaining water supply that reduces or eliminates discharge into tailing ponds or deep well injection.|
|GE's technologies are being used to treat the severely impaired waters that result from the hydraulic fracturing process, which makes it possible to reuse the water in the industrial process and reduce the amount of fresh water consumed and any subsequent environmental impact from discharge.|
|GE helps the refining industry address pressures related to the discharge of oil and metals resulting from their operations. GE’s technologies can remove contaminants and redirect that source into the industrial process or safely discharge residual wastewater back into the environment.|
|GE is helping municipalities create sustainable water sources to help meet growing population needs and overcome scarcity challenges. GE technologies make it possible to reclaim wastewater and redirect the high-quality, treated effluent for non-potable applications. The same water also can be injected into local aquifers to replenish supply|