Water Conservation

Another key measure of environmental conservation can be tracked via Federal-Mogul’s global water usage summary. This is the amount of fresh water utilized in production of parts and cooling, a critical element in the powertrain component production process.

Behavioral changes including the preparation of water management plans to determine water balances, establishing requirements for water shut-off and various visual controls to reduce water use, as well as improving management of processes to detect and correct water leaks have been established at our facilities.

Additionally, Federal-Mogul Powertrain has implemented activities to reuse or recycle cooling water, grey water, water from floor scrubbers, parts washers water, and actions to improve process efficiency to reduce water use, such as purchase of new barrels used in the phosphating process to reduce drag out (and loss) of water. 

Since 2013, we’ve reduced our fresh water usage by nearly 10%. To this day, we continue to track data and seek solutions to reuse water at our facilities to reduce our reliance on freshwater withdrawal.

Wastewater Recycling

At Federal-Mogul Powertrain’s engine bearing manufacturing facility in Blacksburg, Virginia, water is an extremely important resource. One of its many uses is on the metal bonding production lines in order to cool the aluminum and steel strips after they have been bonded together. However, the challenge had been that after the water was used for its designated purpose, it was considered wastewater, and sent for treatment and discharged to the appropriate local water treatment plant.

Fortunately, our engineering teams and EHS team collaborated to devise a solution for recycling the cooling water on these important production lines. This solution, along with other actions taken to reduce water use, has enabled the Blacksburg site to reduce water use by 49% compared to their 2013 baseline. This far exceeds their target of achieving a 3% reduction by 2016 compared to the 2013 baseline.

“Water consumption is such a critical part of the manufacturing process, not only at the Blacksburg facility but at all of our facilities, throughout the world,” said Mark Bauer, Director, EHS, Federal-Mogul Powertrain. “The example of recycling water on our metal bonding lines is another great illustration of how we’re making strides to maintain and improve our water reduction target each year.”