Water treatment providers identified a faulty ball float valve in one of the cooling towers at IKEA. This was causing the valve to remain open and water to flow continuously into the tower and directly to the sewer.

Key achievements

  • 24% water use reduction
  • 5 million litres saved
  • 1 year pay back

Why we acted

Our newly appointed facility manager was concerned about the excessive water use through the cooling tower.

Water treatment providers identified a faulty ball float valve in one of the cooling towers causing a continuous overflow of water to sewer. The valve remained unrepaired for a number of months causing significant damage to equipment and an estimated water loss of more than 5 million litres.

"Being vigilant and carrying out simple daily checks costs nothing but has the potential to save thousands in repairs, water and energy costs. It can also help identify improvements in operating procedures by studying cycles, occupancy, trends etc. and adjust operations to suit the variables" Jeremy Cave, Facility Manager

How we did it

Replaced the ball float valve in the cooling tower at a cost of $120.

What we are doing now

  • Daily maintenance check sheet carried out by staff
  • Weekly checks by the facility manager
  • Water Efficiency Management Plan Program participation
  • Installation of water efficient appliances within the facility
  • Regular meter reading and trending of water use

Contact us

Water Efficiency Team

Phone icon 9420 3551

Email icon water.efficiency@watercorporation.com.au

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