Careful use of water as an important resource
The main water consumers at König + Neurath are the powder and wet paint coating systems. Water consumption by the heating system is also relevant when the heating system is refilled. Further water is consumed by the sanitation facilities and company restaurant. The water needed for washing vehicles is mostly obtained from our water recovery.
The waste water is discharged into the municipal sewers. Before discharging into the public sewer, the wastewater from the powder coating plant is cleaned and regularly checked. There were no issues with the wastewater analysis in 2020 and 2021.
We recirculate the wastewater from the wet paint plants and periodically dispose of it.
We use water meters to record our water consumption from the public water supply. We do not source any water from springs, water butts or similar measures.
In 2020 8.940 megalitres of fresh water (equivalent to 8,940 m³) was drawn from the public water supply, which was –29.5 % compared with 2019
(12.686 Ml = 12,686 m³). The reason for this reduction is the significantly lower production output because of the Covid pandemic in 2020.
Water consumption rose again in 2021 (+19.2 % to 10.659 Ml = 10,659 m³), however it is still significantly lower than the 2019 level.
To monitor the water use at the production facility more accurately in future, we plan to install more water meters in 2022. This will automatically feed the water consumption data into a management program.