Many phases of the company’s water and wastewater treatment operations are benefiting from efficiencies
When it comes to water management, the United States has set a 2050 Net Zero goal. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Net Zero focuses on water conservation, lower energy use, diminishing solid waste, saving money, and increasing sustainability and resilience.
Seven Seas Water Group has followed suit, taking new steps toward the company’s own 2050 Net Zero goal.
Water Conservation and Sustainability
As a core component of its services, Seven Seas provides wastewater reuse, which is one of the best ways to conserve water in line with Net Zero goals. Desalination also helps conserve natural water resources, providing fresh water for human activities, giving depleted aquifers a chance to recharge, and allowing sinking surface water levels a chance to rise again.
Both desalination and water reuse are ways to increase the sustainability of communities that sorely need a lifeline as climate change and increased demand drain their natural water sources.
Lower Energy Use
Net Zero directives are baked in to Seven Seas’ business model through energy efficiency. Decentralization plays a big role in attaining that efficiency. Decentralization is characterized by smaller, accurately scaled plants sited directly where their services are needed.
When water is pumped or trucked in from miles away, it uses large amounts of fuel and electricity. By treating water on-site instead, the company prevents 140,000 tons of carbon dioxide pollution a year from tanker trucks alone.
Placing treatment directly where it’s needed also saves energy and carbon emissions from the manufacture of pipes used to convey water long distances, as well as all the energy used by vehicles and equipment during pipeline construction.
The company’s plants offer some of the most energy-efficient technologies, including energy-saving reverse osmosis desalination.
Solar energy adoption is another pillar of the Seven Seas’ 2050 Net-Zero goal, with new photovoltaic solar systems currently being installed at plants. The newest is a solar array at the Cay Bay facility on Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. The 2.9 kW peak system should reduce the facility’s carbon dioxide emissions by 2.4 metric tons annually.
Solid Waste Recycling
Shipping accounts for almost 3% of total global carbon dioxide emissions, so Seven Seas maintains logistics protocols to consolidate shipments, shrink its carbon footprint, and reduce waste. Seven Seas promotes reuse and recycling of shipping waste whenever an opportunity arises.
Water-as-a-Service® (WaaS®) is a big part of Seven Seas’ Net Zero goal, providing water infrastructure where often it has never been financially possible before through public-private partnerships, and BOO and BOOT financing. With savings on both CAPEX and OPEX, as well as flexible optimization of capital and phased installation options, WaaS® helps more communities, businesses, and industrial operations leave their energy-intensive water systems behind. With long-term operations and maintenance bundled with infrastructure, WaaS® also stops the “build-neglect-rebuild cycle,” so plants won’t have to be scrapped and replaced at great expense.
Seven Seas uses the most durable equipment and tough steel buildings, rated for 120 mph winds, for storm resilience. On the ground, Seven Seas plants that were hit by category 5 hurricanes performed above their ratings and were virtually unharmed, and were up and running again as soon as power was restored. Brackish-water desalination and wastewater reuse optimize every drop of available water, allowing quicker recovery from climate shocks.
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