Alliance partners Renault and Nissan have announced that they are conserving 50,000 litres (50 kl) of water on a daily basis from its sewage treatment plant by using a decanter facility recently installed at its Oragadam plant in Chennai.
The conservation of 50 kl of water is in addition to water savings from its other water sustainability initiatives, including minimisation of water used per car, recycling, and reuse of plant wastewater, and increase in the use of innovative water sources, which include storage and filtration of storm and rainwater through rainwater harvesting ponds.
Cumulatively, all the plant initiatives have enabled the alliance to conserve an estimated 5.76 lakh kl of rainwater and 87% of water saved, a press release from Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL) stated.
Biju Balendran, MD & CEO, RNAIPL, said, “Our investments in numerous cost-effective water conservation solutions like the installation of three rainwater harvesting ponds, PRV (pressure reducing valve) installation and treated sewage recycling system underline our commitment to addressing water scarcity.”
It is a priority of the global Nissan Green Program to reduce water intake at production sites and improving wastewater recycling efficiency, he added.
The company has also been engaging with employees and contractors for water conservation awareness through its ISO training programme, the release said.
Additionally, its customers have helped reduce car wash water consumption by 45%, by opting for the company's advanced foam car wash technique instead of a traditional car wash, the release added.
The foam wash initiative, which was started by Nissan in 2014, has been provided across Nissan service centres across the country.
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