Water efficiency case study: Cargill plc

We all depend on water, whether it’s for our families or for running a business. Cargill, an international agri-food company with an office in Witham St. Hugh’s, Lincolnshire, is no exception. One of the company’s commitments is to preserve natural resources, so Cargill decided to register for free water efficiency support from WRAP via the Rippleffectinitiative. 

Rippleffect provided Cargill with free practical advice to gain the knowledge and tools to achieve water reduction and real cost savings. The initiative involved reviewing case studies, one to one telephone calls, supporting e-mails and providing training modules with regard to data collection. 

The results were significant. Cargill managed to reduce its water consumption by an estimated 12,000 m3 per year, saving approximately 45% of its annual spend.

They were also able to obtain on-site advice which led to the identification of a leak under one of its buildings. Repairing the leak eliminated 12 m3 of water wastage per night, saving approximately 4,380 m3 of water each year. In addition, Cargill has started to install new sub-meters to measure water usage throughout the site at various high usage points, which will enable further reductions to be obtained in the future. 

“We all depend on water to carry out our work whether it be washing facilities or for drinking. At Cargill, we aim to use resources more carefully, making our business more profitable and helping to show our customers and communities that we are reducing our environmental footprint”.
Stuart Traves, Facilities Manager, Cargill PLC.


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