SECURE set a freshwater usage reduction target of 5% in 2022.
As a part of SECURE’s initiative to reduce freshwater usage by 5% in 2022, the LaGlace Full Service Terminal (LGFST) has been working on reducing the amount of fresh water used in the facility's day-to-day operations. They have been working closely with Operations Projects to optimize and assess several parts of the facility to closely monitor their progress.
"LaGlace Full-Service Terminal has consistently used a large amount of fresh water for day-to-day operations. Upon investigation, areas where excess water was being used have been identified." – LaGlace Full-Service Terminal Facility Manager, Midstream Infrastructure Operations.
Two Facilities, Same Objective
As seen in the case study included in SECURE’s 2021 Sustainability Report, the project was conceived after noticing the significantly lower water usage at the neighbouring facility. The team identified and adopted several of the more sustainable practices being used, and meters were installed to measure the results. Some of the changes made include:
- Optimizing the floc (thick liquid made from water and dry polymer that is injected into waste to make it easier to process) has allowed for more dry polymer to be added, therefore needing less fresh water to achieve desired viscosity.
- Changing the hopper tank cleaning system to only clean when instructed instead of automatically, reducing freshwater usage on unneeded cleans.
- Two building heaters are steam heated and had the condensate retuning piping routed to a drain instead of back to the boiler. To reduce freshwater usage, the drains of the heaters were tied back into the condensate return system, keeping the system as close to a closed loop as possible, allowing the boiler to reuse the condensate being returned from the heaters.
- Many freshwater consuming equipment had meters added to them. Although this is not a direct water saving measure, it makes Operations aware of the amount of fresh water being used by each consumer. Awareness is the first step in making a change! Once Operations is aware, they can identify ways to improve and continually reduce freshwater use of those consumers.
Thanks to all of these changes, LGFST had reduced its water usage by 32m3 per day by the end of 2021.
2021 Sustainability Report, Secure Energy. Environment Case Study, pg. 39
As of May 2022, the team has continued to see great successes with the project. LaGlace Full Service Terminal freshwater usage trends have shown a reduction in daily water usage of approximately 55%. Overall, the project has been a big success for better water sustainability practices and the team is continuing to make the project excel.
"The lead operators have made it a personal mission to reduce the freshwater usage every day. They have worked together to capture any area of the facility that uses fresh water for process and began tracking why its being used and if there are any alternatives besides fresh water. Through consistent monitoring and tracking, all operators at LaGlace Full-Service Terminal are conscious of how much water they use for daily tasks and where we can capture savings." – LaGlace Full Service Terminal Facility Manager, Midstream Infrastructure Operations.
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