Ford has long been committed to producing a more sustainable future. Its Louisville Assembly Plant recently earned the 2021 Pollution Protection Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The assembly plant earned this award thanks to its efforts to reduce and eliminate pollution, specifically its water recycling program started by workers at the plant.
The wastewater recycling program began in 2020. Employees started using treated wastewater as part of the paint pre-treatment process. This reduces the amount of water sent to the local wastewater treatment facility.
Within the first year, the Louisville Assembly Plant recycled more than 5 million gallons of water, which is about 22 gallons per vehicle. This translates to savings of about $50,000
Bob Holycross, vice president of sustainability, environment, and safety engineering, said, “Our environmental stewardship begins long before our vehicles leave the assembly line, and the innovative work being done at Louisville Assembly Plant is a perfect example of how our employees are helping make our sustainability aspirations a reality.”
This water recycling program is an important part of Ford’s commitment to only use fresh water for drinking. Since 2000, Ford has saved more than 12.5 billion gallons of water through various water recycling and conservation projects