An industry has several water systems, for process use like cooling, service and potable water. Independent of their function, water distribution systems tend to have similar inefficiencies and energy efficiency opportunities. Location of the water treatment unit does not have the same weight as the boiler room on steam distribution, actually the water unit is better placed closer to the main water source inlet and with a considerable available area for expansion. Water pipes are less costly than steam because they don' t demand all the accessories and insulations that steam does.

Bigger opportunities are linked to good design by correct selection and sizing of pipe diameters and pumps, reducing friction losses and associated pressure drops. Best practices on operation are reducing water losses by detection and elimination of leaks, monitoring water use patterns and reducing consumption to minimum necessary by education and awareness.

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