Ingham’s team reduces water usage with a novel idea

The Ingham’s team at the Edinburg Parks site have successfully trialed a new method of production which has reduced the amount of water that is used in the process.

The sustainability team that came up with the idea has representatives from the health and safety, environment, production and engineering teams, all of whom work together to identify opportunities to reduce water usage.

Two ovens on the site were the focus of the idea.

The two ovens, installed 12 years ago, use water to cool the oven door seals which adds 5.7 million litres of water usage to the site each year. 

The team felt they could improve on this number but contacted the manufacturer to understand any risks associated with reducing or eliminating the use of the cooling water.

Once they were given the all clear to trial conducted a risk assessment to ensure there were no risks to the health, safety and quality of their products.

The successful trial saw the ovens operating without using any water for the door seals, which has saved 5.7 million litres of water, equivalent to more than two Olympic size swimming pools. 

The team were thanked by Ingham’s for their ‘outside the box’ thinking.

No word yet on whether this new method will be trialed and implemented at other Ingham sites.


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