DAYTON, OHIO, U.S. — Cargill said on May 17 it received the 2011 Dayton water award at the 2nd annual Dayton Water Conference held by the Waters Innovators Alliance, a Washington, D.C., U.S.-based industry association focused on reducing regulatory barriers, increasing collaboration and raising awareness for cutting edge water technologies and the problems they solve.

“Cargill is being honored for their good water stewardship and conservation of our valuable, yet vulnerable natural resource,” said James McDonald of the Dayton Water Roundtable. “As a major water customer in Dayton, Cargill continues to examine and implement ways to conserve, protect and reuse water and therefore was recognized for their outstanding efforts.”

Over the past five years, the Dayton, Ohio, U.S., facility has seen a 22% per unit reduction in waterborne waste streams and over the past three years, the Dayton facility has seen a 12.8% per unit reduction in water usage. In February 2011, the facility continued to look for continuous improvement processes for efficiency gains and water savings by conducting water “kaizen” events to analyze operations and find additional opportunities around water.

“We are honored to receive this award because we have been working on reducing our environmental impact for a long time,” said Marty Muenzmaier, sustainability director, Cargill Corn Milling North America. “Water is vitally important to our business and our continual focus on preserving and reusing water in our operations benefits the communities where we operate. We are gratified by the Dayton Water Roundtable’s recognition.”