Reduce Water Waste
Sustainable Water For More
Abdullah Toseef is an electrical and instrumentation manager at Unilever’s Rahim Yar Khan factory in Pakistan. The factory lies in a water scarce area where reducing wastewater is a priority.
Abdullah wanted to do more than manage his household water use, and saw an opportunity at work to make a significant change. He was convinced the factory could reuse its water.
He devised and implemented an ambitious water conservation project that would reuse the treated water from the effluent treatment plant by directing it back into the factory. Abdullah put his engineering skills to the test as he studied, planned and researched the idea. From scrap materials, at zero cost, he built a pipeline that discharged water with another pipe, delivering it where needed. The water is tested to ensure it is safe for use in the factory.
The result of Abdullah’s innovative approach to sustainability was that fresh water consumption was cut by 25%. The target for the project’s first year was to save 16 million litres, but within nine months, they had already reached 20 million litres.
“From this project I’ve learnt that sustainability is my passion,” Abdullah says. “We’re consuming much less water in the canal, but still we have ample water for gardening and construction work. I am now charged more than ever to further embed sustainable manufacturing in our operations.”
Abdullah’s plans extend far beyond water waste and he hopes to implement strategies that will achieve zero waste to landfill and a zero carbon footprint for the Rahim Yar Khan factory.
Ideas from New Leaders like Abdullah are essential if we are to find new ways of integrating sustainable practices into businesses.