Water Conservation
 
Alcoa Point Henry actively seeks to improve water management and conservation on site.  The Environmental Improvement Plan outlines Alcoa Point Henry’s approach and strategy for water management and conservation. 
 
 
Significant Investments and Achievements
 
Since 2004, Alcoa Point Henry and Alcoa Anglesea have spent more than $1 million on water saving initiatives.
 
At the end of 2009, an 11% reduction had been achieved at the Point Henry Smelter and a 60% reduction at the Anglesea Power Station. The combined savings at these plants totals 38 ML and was achieved by undertaking water audits, implementing identified actions such as on line water metering, the installation of low flow showerheads and waterless urinals, as well as water education programs.
 
In addition both sites continue to support the implementation of community water saving activities through innovative community partnerships.
 
 
Barwon Water Partnership
 
Sustainable water use is a key goal for Alcoa, Barwon Water and the drought-affected greater Geelong community. Alcoa and Barwon Water work together to deliver a greater level of water supply security and sustainability for the community’s and Alcoa assets through innovative recycled water projects and facilities.
 
In 2004 Alcoa Point Henry formed a partnership with Barwon Water to develop and implement a Water Management Action Plan. The plant wide initiative included a review of current water consumption, improved water management procedures, investigated alternative water sources and initiated strategies focused on water conservation. Importantly the plan also developed a coordinated approach to raising awareness of water saving techniques with employees.
 
In 2007, Alcoa Point Henry, the Alcoa Foundation and Barwon Water commenced a new partnership aimed at sustainable water use, under the banner of the ‘Alcoa Water Conservation Fund’.  The three-year partnership has seen more than $150,000 allocated to the Alcoa Water Conservation Fund to assist customers to deliver innovative water saving projects throughout Geelong and the Surf Coast.  The projects provide an estimated annual water saving of 40KL in the community which represents around 12% of the site’s water usage.
 
The Alcoa Water Conservation Fund activities have included:
 
In 2010 Barwon Water became Alcoa's first Make an Impact ‘Associate’, enabling the program to be shared with the wider Geelong community.
 
 
Read more about the Alcoa and Barwon Water partnership here.


Water testing

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Discharge from the site is monitored in a variety of ways, from regular inspections to quarterly sampling for water quality compliance.

Barwon Water Partnership

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In 2007, Alcoa Point Henry, the Alcoa Foundation and Barwon Water commenced a three year partnership aimed at sustainable water use, under the banner of the ‘Alcoa Water Conservation Fund’.