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04/1/12

Free online tool to help water managers

Growing Blue has launched the Water Impact Index (WIIX) Calculator, a new web-based tool designed to measure and reduce the impact of human activity on local water resources. The new tool calculator was designed by Growing Blue founding partner Veolia.

The free calculator is designed to be used by those who have an operational understanding of water and wastewater systems and are familiar with water chemistry and the energy-water nexus.

"The WIIX Calculator will be helpful to anyone wanting to make a water or wastewater process or system more sustainable and efficient," said Ed Pinero, chief sustainability officer of Veolia North America."This applies to both municipalities and industry. Using the calculator, decision makers can better assess the impact on local water resources and take steps to minimize that impact while potentially saving money."

With the calculator, users can input specific facility and water resource data, including water withdrawal, water released, chemicals used, waste produced and energy consumed. This information is used to generate a report that indicates where the most significant impacts to the water resource occur. When the results are used in conjunction with a traditional cost analysis report, decision makers can determine process changes and upgrades that will have the most positive impact on the water resource and the highest ROI.

One of the goals of the calculator is to foster greater collaboration and continued dialogue around water and carbon measurement, and the calculator can complement a carbon footprint analysis. Viewing water and carbon together provides a more comprehensive picture of the challenges to sustainability.
 

Are you interested in determining your Water Impact Index? Veolia can help. Call us at 312-552-2800 or else email us  and we can answer any questions you may have

 

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