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“One of the reasons we chose to locate in Wisconsin is the state’s pristine environment, and we take our responsibility to preserve it seriously.” – Dr. Louis Woo, Foxconn Executive

MADISON – Foxconn yesterday announced their plan to implement a zero liquid discharge system that will reduce water intake from Lake Michigan by 3.5 million gallons per day down to 2.5 million. This technology will also substantially reduce if not eliminate the return of manufacturing waste into Lake Michigan.

Foxconn Cutting Need for Great Lakes Water with $30 Million System: Water From Manufacturing Process to Be Recycled

By Arthur Thomas – Reporter, Biz Times

“Implementing the system requires a $30 million investment but means no water used in the manufacturing or industrial production process will be sent back to Lake Michigan through the Racine Water Utility. Instead, Foxconn will treat water onsite and reuse it in the same processes.”

“One of the reasons we chose to locate in Wisconsin is the state’s pristine environment, and we take our responsibility to preserve it seriously,” said Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn chief executive Terry Gou. “This system will be state-of-the-art technology to reduce the water our facility needs to operate by millions of gallons per day. We not only seek to comply with all regulations where we do business, we also work to exceed them when possible.”

There are few zero liquid discharge systems in use, particularly in the United States, but Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council, said Foxconn’s decision could demonstrate the potential of the technology.

 

“It is something we certainly have been advocating for, not just for Foxconn, this is something we believe is the future when it comes to water technology.”

“This is going to have to be the trend across the entire world,” he said.

To read more about the Biz Times article, click here.

 

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