Allentown-based Air Products and Chemicals Inc. says its factory in Santa Clara, Calif., has installed a new water treatment system that uses recycled water instead of drinking water in its industrial cooling process.
Air Products says the move will save nearly 62 million gallons of drinking water a year for that region and significantly reduce company water costs.
The $750,000 project included funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for California. Part of it involved installing pipe from the company site to a pipeline system running to a regional water recycling plant that processes water for nondrinking uses. - Roslyn Rudolph