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The use of water in domestic purposes is occasionally overlooked within industrial companies. For this large company, savings associated with introducing water conservation devices for domestic use reached 3% of the total company water consumption.

This company had three superheated boilers operating in parallel. For safety reasons, the three boilers were always running, yet operating at the low end of their load factor. From the walkthrough, steam leaks were observed at several locations, thus a steam mapping was prepared to define the exact demand and supply from steam. Based on the mapping results, it was concluded that a better steam management system supplemented with a computer aided software can tremendously reduce the steam leaks, and safely switch off one boiler, saving 4% of the water consumption, and 5% of the natural gas.