A survey by SmartWash Solutions found some of its customers have cut water use as much as 10% to 20% per pound of finished product.

“Before our products were implemented, many sites required a continuous introduction of 15 to 20 gallons per minute in multiple wash stages; sometimes it would be necessary to completely dump these wash lines and refill with fresh water,” said Steven Swarts, director of business development for Salinas, Calif.-based SmartWash. “This was necessary as they were not able to manage the free chlorine levels within their target range due to the high organic load.”

After implementation, he said, less water was used on the same lines.

SmartWash is a patented food wash enhancer for standard chlorine-based wash systems.

“These products in combination allow our customers to manage their wash lines within acceptable food safety ranges while reducing the necessary water needed to dilute the concentration of organic matter,” Swarts said.

The survey sought to quantify resource management and other variable production costs.

“We discovered that each gallon of water, after all of the cost inputs, can cost up to $0.04 per gallon,” he said. “If we can save 10% to 20% in water consumption, it can be a significant financial savings.”

SmartWash is used in production sites in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.