Intel's water reuse efforts recognized by GE

March 28, 2017
When complete, the facility will have the potential to recycle over a billion gallons of water annually while also improving the quality of water that leaves the facility.
Intel's Ronler Acres offices in Hillsboro, Ore., received GE's Ecomagination Award for its water recycling efforts.

HILLSBORO, OR, MARCH 28, 2017 -- GE is honoring Intel Corporation with an Ecomagination Award to celebrate a new water recycling project at Intel's Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro, Oregon. When complete, the facility will have the potential to recycle over a billion gallons of water annually while also improving the quality of water that leaves the facility.

"Intel is committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability, especially in the communities where we operate. Reducing our environmental impact not only benefits our business, but is the right thing to do," said Neil Tunmore, vice president and director of corporate services, Intel. "We are honored that GE has recognized us with an Ecomagination Award."

Once operational, the facility will recycle industrial water discharged from the manufacturing process for reuse in facility systems such as cooling towers, scrubbers and abatement equipment. In addition, the water discharged to the municipal wastewater treatment system will be cooler and cleaner.

"In recognition of Intel's sustainability initiatives and its commitment to protect our planet's precious resources, we are pleased to present Intel with the GE Ecomagination Award," said Kevin Cassidy, global leader, engineered systems—GE Water & Process Technologies. "This water recycling facility is a great example of how industry can use existing, integrated technology solutions to help further global sustainability and drive business value through water reuse."

Intel's founders instilled a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, and the company has been pursuing sustainability through environmentally responsible operations and innovative technology solutions for decades. GE's Ecomagination Award recognizes the achievements of its global industrial users and top GE customers that implement innovative solutions driving business value and environmental benefit. GE presented Intel with the Ecomagination Award at today's celebration ceremony, which was held in conjunction with World Water Day.

"Water scarcity is an increasing challenge both globally and locally. Industrial water use is expected to grow 250 percent by 2030, which is nearly one-third of all global water use. Today, we only reuse about 4 percent of wastewater, so using technology and processes designed to minimize water use will be key to adapting to a water constrained world,” said Deb Frodl, global executive director, Ecomagination, GE.

Sustainable water management is key to Intel's continuing commitment to environmental responsibility. The company's water strategy includes:

Reduce: Investing in innovative water conservation practices within their global operations. Since 1998, Intel has conserved more than 52 billion gallons of water. In 2015, it saved 820 million gallons of water in Oregon through water conservation efforts.

Return: Returning a significant portion of the water used back to local communities. In 2015, Intel returned 80 percent of the water its used in Oregon.

Reinvent: Empowering others to reinvent water use by integrating smart technologies that drive conservation.

About Water & Process Technologies
With operations in 130 countries and employing over 7,500 people worldwide, GE Water & Process Technologies applies its innovations, expertise and global capabilities to solve customers' toughest water and process challenges. It offers a comprehensive set of chemical and equipment solutions, as well as predictive analytics, to enhance water, wastewater and process productivity. Water & Process Technologies strives to enable customers to meet increasing demands for clean water, overcome scarcity challenges, strengthen environmental stewardship and comply with regulatory requirements.

About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.

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