Corporate Water Weekly
November 9, 2023

Peter Cook, Editor

Plenty of corporate (and light industrial) water news this week!  Several acquisitions and, of course, Texas Instruments breaking ground in Utah.

Just a quick comment on the newsletter.  We tend to group articles by industry, so you will see several related to semiconductors first, then data centers, pharma, food & beverage, general news, and finally mine tailings.  The order will vary each week, based purely on which articles we run across first.  So don’t get discouraged if you do not see your industry in the first few articles!  And if there is a great newsletter you would recommend we also read, please feel free to reply to the Corporate Water Weekly to let us know!

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And now, the news…

Corporate Water Weekly – Issue #2

Texas Instruments breaks ground on new semiconductor factory in Lehi, UT

Facility has plans for greater water conservation and sustainability.

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US firm to acquire wafer fabrication facility in $177m deal

A South Wales-based wafer fabrication facility is to be acquired by a US firm for approximately $177m.

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BW Water completes asset acquisition of S-Tec Facility in Germany

CEO Matthew White made clear that this move will help build BW's global presence within the space, and increase their presence and service offering throughout the water value-chain, especially for the Pharmaceutical and Semiconductor sectors.

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Chasing chip circularity: reclaiming water in fabs intensifies

Amid a manufacturing boom, sustainability targets loom for the microelectronics industry. Boosting recovery rates is top of the agenda, but are fabs ready to take the leap into UPW reuse?

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How Micron’s Building Biggest U.S. Chip Fab, Despite China Ban

Advantages of producing memory chips in the upstate New York include the lower cost of American Energy and access to a large supply of fresh water.

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How the chip industry is tackling CO2 and the global mission to go green

Many chip companies are sharing data about water and energy usage in the manufacture of semiconductors and components.

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Food resiliency—a soft spot in Taiwan’s silicon shield?

Water as a critical input in the chip ecosystem was especially highlighted during the 2021 drought, and government diversion of water from farmers to chip makers had attendant negative spillover on the agricultural sector.

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The Quest for Ultrapure Water in Semiconductor Manufacturing: A Deep Dive into the Unseen Hero

Ultrapure Water is not your average H2O. It's water that's so pure, you're more likely to win the lottery than find a non-water molecule in it. While UPW is used in various industries like pharmaceuticals, it's most widely used in semiconductor manufacturing.

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How a Chinese lab used a saltwater-loving microbe to turn waste water into precious semiconductor materials

Researchers discover trailblazing method to transform contaminated water into valuable chemicals using engineered bacteria.

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The Cloud vs. drought: Water hog data centers threaten Latin America, critics say

As servers process data, they need lot of water to keep them cool. But if demand grows as expected, the world will need 10-20 times more data centers by 2035, and they’ll be using far more water.

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Artificial intelligence technology behind ChatGPT was built in Iowa — with a lot of water

In its latest environmental report, Microsoft disclosed that its global water consumption spiked 34% from 2021 to 2022 (to nearly 1.7 billion gallons, or more than 2,500 Olympic-sized swimming pools), a sharp increase compared to previous years that outside researchers tie to its AI research.

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Saur acquires NSU and expands its water reclamation activities in North America

Saur has signed an agreement to acquire Natural Systems Utilities (NSU), a provider of turnkey water treatment and reuse solutions in the US with over 270 systems and a focus on distributed wastewater treatment and direct water reuse solutions.

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SKion Water ups its exposure to Indian pharma sector

SKion Water this week boosted its flowsheet in the Indian high-purity water systems market by acquiring a 51% stake in Sanpure Systems, which has a reference base of more than 600 installations, chiefly for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical applications.

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Case study: Providing sustainable solutions for water reclamation and reuse at Bush Brothers & Company

Water reuse is a vital component of the food manufacturing industry's journey toward sustainability. As the demand for food continues to rise, so too does the need for responsible water management practices.

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Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company makes ESG investment at UK site

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company is investing in packaging and water-reduction efforts at a site in the UK.

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Advancing Sustainability in Brewing and Soft Drink Industries: Insights from Water Research Council Reports

In water and wastewater management, two critical sectors, malt brewing, and soft drink production, have undergone significant transformations.

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Some companies using lots of water want to be more sustainable. Few are close to their targets.

Major corporations in water-guzzling industries such as clothing, food, beverage and technology want to be better stewards of the freshwater they use — especially as drought, floods and other extreme weather intensified by climate change threaten their supply chains. But of 72 companies ranked by a sustainability nonprofit over the past year, few are close to achieving their 2030 targets.

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US EPA to investigate industrial reuse tax credits

The US EPA has commissioned a new study into investment tax credits for industrial water reuse applications – a mechanism designed to incentivise circular water use for industries.

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SpaceX Continues to Hire Water-Focused Civil Engineers for Spaceport Location

There hasn't been an opportunity for civil infrastructure folks to make an impact on the US space program at this scale since NASA's development on the FL Space Coast in the 60's.

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SpaceX applies for wastewater permit; unused treated water would flow into South Bay

SpaceX has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit to release an average of up to 200,000 gallons of treated wastewater per day into South Bay at Boca Chica.

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Texas again tops Site Selection magazine's business climate ranking

The rankings are based on a survey of corporate site selectors, qualified projects logged in the publications' projects database and independent measures of attractiveness to capital investors — so many professionals have high regard for this list.

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ZwitterCo opens Early Access Program for brackish water reverse osmosis membranes.

The early access program will enable ZwitterCo to partner with some customers and manufacturers for field applications before the organic fouling-immune product’s commercial launch in 2024.

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Stantec awarded CAN$16 million contract for tailings management in copper mines

Stantec will play a key role in supporting Codelco’s Tailings Project Management Office on projects associated with the company’s active tailings deposits. The team will review engineering deliverables, documents, and plans developed by third parties. Stantec will also provide professional and engineering services as well as building information modelling (BIM) management.

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USGS Advances Study on Critical Mineral Resources in Mine Tailings

The U.S. Geological Survey has allocated $2 million to 14 states to map locations of mine tailings and study their potential for critical minerals contained within. Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the study aims to give the mining residue a second chance of providing raw materials needed for, among other fields, electric vehicles and renewable energies.

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Mining for a Greener Tomorrow: The Evolution of Tailings Management

When it comes to the mining industry, tailings are a topic that often falls under the radar, except when disaster strikes. Yet, in recent years, the world has witnessed the devastating consequences of tailings dam failures, reminding us that we can no longer afford to overlook this critical aspect of mining operations.

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Nature-based solutions reduce environmental damage caused by mining

Dr Brendan Duprey outlines how Kazakhstan is employing innovative solutions to reduce air and water pollution caused by mining tailings.

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The rise and fall of ESG investing

For a while, it worked. The trend toward ESG investing was praised as a marriage of the marketplace and corporate responsibility. As a public relations ploy, it was magnificent. As an investment strategy, the data quickly showed it was less than impressive.

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