In January 2018, Chennai employees in fact decided to implement the sustainability requirement anchored in the ZF Group. In only three and a half months, a team consisting of members from Service, Electrical Engineering, Mechanics, HR and Change Management developed a comparably simple, but well-thought solution. The project team geared this solution with the different requirements from the departments regarding the necessary water quantities and then commissioned suppliers. From mid-March to mid-April, the employees from Somic-ZF-Components integrated their ideas with the existing treatment plant and subsequently operated it using an improved process. Project manager Murali V. is satisfied: “It all went smoothly and we are happy that we could build everything as we saw fit.”
What did the project team change? Today, the required groundwater is treated completely by reverse osmosis. This process continues to produce drinking water and wastewater. However, this wastewater is now temporarily stored in a tank; it is used for hand washing and toilet flushing, Only then does it arrive to the treatment plant. Instead of introducing the water into the river after the treatment process, for example, or allowing it to seep into the ground, it is now used to water a few trees that the project team planted as a small alley. The trees provide shade and give employees a sense of well-being.