Foxconn Announces Plan for Water Recycling Technology That Will Reduce Daily Lake Michigan Water Intake By Millions of Gallons
Zero Liquid Discharge System Will Also 'Virtually Eliminate' Industrial Discharge
Foxconn officials today announced plans to implement a state-of-the-art water recycling system at its $10 billion Science and Technology Park in Racine County that will dramatically reduce the water intake from Lake Michigan and all but eliminate industrial discharge.
Foxconn officials said they intend to use zero liquid discharge (ZLD) technology, which the company believes will reduce intake water intake at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park by more than 3.5 million gallons per day to 2.5 million gallons per day.
Additionally, the technology will allow the facility to recycle and reuse water, nearly eliminating manufacturing process waste water. Foxconn said it uses ZLD at its facility in Sakai, Japan and the technology has been so successful in recycling water there that the Osaka city government named Foxconn's facility "Green Front Sakai."
What local officials are saying about today's news...
"As the Mayor, I am charged with protecting Lake Michigan with our water and wastewater utility. I am very encouraged by Foxconn's announcement of zero liquid discharge. It will reduce the amount of Lake Michigan water Foxconn needs to withdraw, and protect Lake Michigan from industrial discharge. Foxconn should be lauded for their investment in protecting the environment."
- Racine Mayor Cory Mason
"Today's announcement is worth celebrating. Foxconn is going the extra mile to make costly adjustments to its facility that will protect – at an even higher level than before – our greatest local resource, Lake Michigan."
- Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave
"We are pleased to see Foxconn's proactive approach to ensuring the safety of our environment, the quality of our water and the health of our area's greatest natural resource, Lake Michigan. The Zero Liquid Discharge facility is a major investment by Foxconn that will benefit our entire community and signals their continued commitment to working collaboratively with local, county and state leaders."
-Jenny Trick, Executive Director, Racine County Economic Development Corporation
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