How Montea will optimize rainwater reuse in their patrimony
Montea is a developing investor in logistics real estate , active in Belgium, France and The Netherlands. They build when requested, but also buy logistics warehouses and rent them out. Montea invests in sustainability in their buildings, of which water is an important factor. Water Experts was contacted to find a solution for some of their challenges related to rainwater reuse, to ensure that it is implemented in an optimal way.
Montea is a well-known developing investor in logistics real estate, that pays a lot of attention to sustainability. At the majority of their Belgian sites, rainwater is collected, stored and reused for toilet flushing. Some of these systems, however, needed to be reviewed and optimized to function properly. Water Experts is performing water audits on several Montea buildings to review the rainwater use and optimize the reuse system. As a result, more rainwater will be reused as the reuse systems don’t fail as often.
At several buildings, rainwater is captured from the building roofs and is stored in buffer tanks, ready for reuse. The reuse systems consist of a submersible pump, filters to remove suspended particles, sometimes an activated carbon filter for colour and odour removal and is then distributed to the toilets.
At some locations, the tenants changed from rainwater to tap water because the reuse system didn’t function properly.
Water Experts performs water audits of the buildings in order make it possible to switch again to reusing rainwater instead of tap water. Although some things might seem straight forward, each case is different and should be evaluated carefully to select the best solutions.
Firstly, the potential of rainwater reuse is compared to the actual rainwater reuse (monitored with water meters), to check whether the rainwater buffer is dimensioned correctly and to check whether rainwater is reused optimally. Rainwater reuse can be simulated by Water Experts with data from the past years to ensure that the variability of rainfall is taken into account.
The rainwater reuse systems are studied in detail to detect opportunities to optimize them.
Several aspects are evaluated:
To optimize these challenges, several actions can be defined depending on the case-specific needs:
Water Experts performs the water audits and reports the findings and recommendations in detail.
The close collaboration with Montea results in a swift acquisition of information, a clear and efficient planning of the actions and a proper follow up of the implementation and information exchange.
The proposed measures can be assessed economically with several technology providers to ensure the best quality and price.
The execution of the measures can be monitored by Water Experts to secure proper installation and functioning after installation.
This approach unburdens Montea and guarantees a solution that is revised by our experts and will result in more sustainable water management.
Water Experts is for Montea a very reliable partner for optimizing the water use at our sites. The team consists of real professionals who know what they’re talking about. They work quickly and efficiently and contact us proactively for helping us to upscale our water use.
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