Paint manufacturer AkzoNobel is harvesting rainwater to use in paint at its Prudhoe factory.
The project means the company can harvest up to 1.7M litres of rainwater a year, potentially reducing the factory’s annual water usage by half. It’s part of AkzoNobel’s operational eco-efficiency programme.
Water is now supplied to the production line at a rate of up to 500 litres a minute, due to higher water pressure and on-site storage.
The company says that the rainwater harvesting project costs will have been paid back in just a year through a £10,000 saving on the factory’s water bill.
According to the firm, the scheme could be rolled out to additional locations if rainwater capture points can be identified and achievable water volumes are viable.