Ford Motor Co., on Friday said the company plans to reduce water consumption by 30 percent per vehicle by 2015.
Ford added that if it meet its goal of reducing the amount of water used by 30 percent between 2009 and 2015, the amount of water used to make a vehicle will have dropped from 9.5 cubic meters in 2000 to around 3.5 cubic meters in 2015.
Between 2000 and 2010, Ford reduced its global water use by 62 percent, or 10.5 billion gallons. That’s the equivalent of how much water 105,000 average American residences use annually, based on figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The company said that already production at Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant doubled between 2000 and 2010, while water usage at the plant dropped during the same period by 40 percent.
Estimates of water use in the United States indicate that about 410 billion gallons per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn in 2005.
This total is slightly less than the estimate for 2000, and about 5 percent less than total withdrawals in the peak year of 1980.
Freshwater withdrawals in 2005 were 349 Bgal/d, or 85 percent of the total freshwater and saline-water withdrawals.