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JM Huber Corporation

Year Submitted: 2010

Process: Gray water recycling

Industry: Aggregates- Calcium Carbonate Production

Wastes Reduced: Water

Location: Marble Falls TX

No. of employees: 55

Contact: Richard Lewis

Phone: 830-693-3575x116



Description:

Our site was using the city drinking water supply for dust suppression. This year our area reached serious water restrictions due to drought conditions. We began to look for alternatives to not only cut costs but to protect this precious natural resource.  Something had to be done to reduce our company’s usage. We took action.

P2 Application:

JM Huber Corporation partnered with the City of Marble Falls to recycle and reuse treated effluent waste water for dust control.  Huber operates a calcium carbonate milling and mining operation in Marble Falls, Texas.  The facility was using city drinking water supply for all dust control activities; our truck wash, as well as watering the unpaved surface areas and roads inside the plant. In December 2007 the city received the Reclaim water Use Authorization from the TCEQ to allow re-use of effluent water from the near by waste water treatment plant. During the week of August 12th, 2008 Huber and the City of Marble Falls tied into that non potable waste line and added a water truck fill station to recycle the water. The local media was present to document the historic occasion. The event made front page of the paper. The City is now examining selling this water at a reduced cost to other facilities and industry to reduce the strain on the city water supply. Huber's innovative and hard work on initiating and making this program a reality opens doors for others for not only a financial savings but a substantial environmental impact on the city's water supply. This project has saved over 1,000,000 gallons of drinking water each year


We tapped directly into the effluent gray water line. By recycling over 1,000,000 gallons of treated waste water we are no longer using city drinking water for our dust control. This put less strain on the city of Marble Falls drinking water supply. We are currently examining other areas of our facility to use this water such as irrigation.



  • Total Cost Savings: $30,000.00
  • Comments: Water prices have been increasing every year. In 2009 we had one of the worst droughts on record. The cost in dollars is nearly $30,000 a year we are saving, but more importantly we are reducing the strain on our small towns drinking water. We are proud of the project and are still looking at other innovative water recycling activities.

Details of Reductions

  • 1,200,000.0 - Gallon of   water reduced

Additional Information :

The tie in to this treated waste water line was innovative in the fact that it opens doors for other industry and businesses to do likewise.  Huber was the first to implement use of city gray water.  Now others are following suit.

Source: TCEQ



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