Reconditioning Vehicles, Sustainably
Water Recycling at Manheim
Small Improvements = Big Water Savings
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At Cox Enterprises we recognize that being eco-efficient means leveraging opportunities for more sustainable practices that are distinct to each of our businesses. Many of the most advanced water conservation efforts take place at our Manheim subsidiary, the world’s leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Manheim uses water every day in its vehicle reconditioning facilities, which are among the largest in the nation. Through Cox Conserves, the company has found ways to reduce water consumption, primarily through Water Conservation Centers in Manheim, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia.
Through a state-of-the-art, four-step process, water is collected in an equalization tank, then transferred to a bioreactor where microorganisms consume oil, soap and grease, converting them to CO2. From there, filters and reverse osmosis membranes remove any remaining solids. Sixty percent of this water is reused in Manheim’s own operations, while 40 percent is returned to municipal treatment centers. In total, these two facilities save 10 million gallons of water every year.
While high-tech water filtration and reprocessing has played an important role in our improved water performance, a much larger contribution has come from xeriscaping initiatives at our Cox Automotive California facilities. After an analysis of the water requirements of existing, traditional landscaping, we replaced water-intensive plant materials with native species that are well adapted to the arid local environment. Replacing turf grass with drought-tolerant plants at these facilities with large land footprints has saved more than 42 million gallons of water annually, representing by far the largest contribution to our water conservation program.