A hot, arid Michigan summer has prompted Ford Motor Company to take steps to reduce water use at its Michigan plants and non-manufacturing facilities.
As part of a water conservation program, the company has put a restriction on watering grass at all Southeast Michigan Ford properties until it is notified by Detroit Water and Sewerage Department that the water-use restriction has been lifted. Additionally, Ford has stopped washing company-owned vehicles at Ford service centers, or it will wash company-owned vehicles during non-peak water usage times -- late morning and early afternoon. Ford also is turning off any decorative outside water fountains that use city water.
The elimination of watering grass at 17 Michigan plants results in saving about a half million gallons of water per day, which is equal to the amount of water used daily at 1,250 average households.
"Water is one of our most valuable resources, and these actions are another example of Ford's commitment to act responsibly and play a leadership role by reducing the amount of water used at Ford plants and facilities during these dry weather conditions," said Ford Land Chairman Sean McCourt.
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department supplies water to the city of Detroit and the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Genesee, Washtenaw, and Monroe.