Investment for furture generations doesn't just come from building up financial capital. Investments in intellectual capital and physical capital are equally important.
From internal training, helping employees invest in higher education, or helping fund educational scholarships, investing in education of others has been a focus since the founding of Concrete Sealants, Inc.
Facility investments can have an equally positive impact on future generations. For example, facility investments can allow us to: preserve non-renewable resources, utilize renewable resources, produce less waste and more.
The following are a few examples of sustainable facility investments ConSeal has made:
In 2002, Concrete Sealants constructed a new manufacturing and administration facility in Bethel Township, Ohio. Due to the location of the proposed facility in relation to existing municipal wastewater treatment plants, senior management recognized the opportunity to design and install an on-site wastewater treatment system. This system saves water by treating and reusing wastewater for sanitary purposes as well as practicing environmentally responsible discharge of excess clean water into the environment. This system is the first of its type for a manufacturing facility of this size in the State of Ohio. The on-site wastewater treatment system consists of six different sections:
The first step of the cleansing process involves, the wastewater flowing into septic tanks that catch solid waste after use. The water flows out into the “Recirculation” section of the system to be injected into a filter system.
The Recirculation Tanks hold the wastewater before it enters the Sand Filtration System. The tanks are installed at different elevations so the wastewater drains into the lower tank to be pumped through the filtration system from the lower tank. The pump doses wastewater across the sand filtration system to clean the wastewater on a timed basis. Water then returns to the recirculation tanks from the filtration system to be recirculated through the sand filtration system again. The level of wastewater increases over time as the mix of filtered water and wastewater combine. Once the level of wastewater in the recirculation tank reaches a cut-off valve the water from the filtration system then bypasses the recirculation tanks and goes into the Reuse Tanks to be further cleaned for reuse. At this point, the water entering the Reuse Tanks has been cleansed of any waste.
The Recirculating Sand Filter is fed by the Recirculation Tanks; the wastewater from the recirculation tanks is constantly pumped into the filter. The filter is broken down into six different zones, each being pumped into within an hour. As the wastewater percolates down the sand and gravel, natural bacteria helps the sand filter and harmful characteristics of the wastewater. Once the wastewater percolates to the bottom of the tank it is then drained back into the recirculation tanks to go through the filter again or to the reuse tank for further cleaning if the recirculation tank level is at its cut-off point.
There are two parts of the Chemical Treatment System. The first part is an ozone injection which kills viruses and bacteria instantly. That water is then pumped back into the reuse tanks. This is a constant process which maintains a level of ozone in the Reuse Tank’s water, killing any viruses or bacteria in the Reuse Tank water. The next part is a chlorine injection. This process occurs as the water goes into the waterlines that feed the toilets in the new facilities. The chlorine acts as a constant cleansing agent for the filtered and cleansed water when it is in the waterlines.
The Drip Field is part of an overflow safeguard for the filtration and reuse system. If the water in the Reuse Tanks reaches too high of a level, water from the Reuse Tanks is pumped into the Drip Field. The Drip Field then releases the water into the ground. Since this water has gone through the ozone treatment, killing viruses and bacteria, this is environmentally safe. Once the Reuse Tanks is back to a regular level, the water remaining in the Drip Field pipes drains down into a tank at a lower elevation where it is then pumped back into the Recirculation Tanks.
The System Drain-down Tank catches any water remaining in the Drip Field pipes to prevent them from freezing and cracking. This water is then pumped back into the Recirculation Tanks to be put back through the system and used again.
The facility is designed to retain and treat stormwater runoff from parking lots and structures. Precast concrete catch basins retain, and discharge stormwater into the Solids Separating Tank. The Solids Separation Tank spins the stormwater as it enters the tank, causing any dirt or solids fall to the bottom of the tank. Water then goes into a separate part of the tank where any oil from the water is separated so that the stormwater can be released into a stream at a controlled rate.
In 2011, ConSeal realized the energy and cost savings by switching from metal halon to fluorescent lighting. Although this project required some capital investment, the conversion paid for itself in just over a year by reducing the amount of energy required to service ConSeal's manufacturing facility.