Saving water conserves one of Australia’s most precious, scarce and increasingly expensive resources. It is a major goal of cleaner production.
A. Raptis & Sons processes and distributes seafood, operating a large prawn processing factory in Hindmarsh, Adelaide. It has 180 employees and an annual turnover of $65M. The major process is defrosting, cleaning, sorting and packaging of frozen prawns. Some fish processing is also done at the site.
The company evaluated its water usage with the assistance of the University of South Australia's Food Science and Technology Centre. The evaluation brief was to find water treatment and waste minimisation strategies that were commercially viable. Raptis obtained a grant for the project from the SA Environment Protection Agency, with support from Environment Australia.