Are You Considering Both Sides?
An important endeavor for any business today is sustainability. Sustainable practices are not only valuable when it comes to cost and future viability, it’s also a strong marketing point. Consumers are more eco-conscious and find it a strong selling point. From recycling to creating a green supply chain, businesses can take action to improve the environment. One thing Southern California businesses may not consider is their business water risk.
Business Water Risk Preparation Tips
Most businesses are aware of the need for disaster recovery when it comes to data or technical components. But for any company that relies on water to fuel processes in anyway, business water risks are a serious concern. With growing reports of droughts worldwide, and known drought conditions in most areas of California, businesses must be aware of how much water they use. Backup plans are now becoming mandatory, especially as water rationing is now a reality in many Southern California communities For example, more than one beverage plant has had to shut down operation due to water shortages or perceptions in the community that the plant was causing a shortage.
Another concern industrial facilities might have is the temperature of the water. When temperatures rise in warmer months, water drawn from local aquifers could be several degrees warmer than in other months. It seems like a small thing, but slight changes in temperature can change how processes or machinery perform. Businesses should have a plan in place to cool or warm water appropriately.
Returning Water as It’s Found
Another business water risk companies should consider is the impact of processes on local water supplies. Just as warm water intake can impact machinery, too-hot or too-cold water returned to rivers and lakes can impact wildlife or habitats. Most plants have plans in place to clean water prior to dumping it. These plans should also include returning water to ambient temperature and managing water levels to reduce overall impact.
What do you think about the emerging business water risk for California?