Times are changing: Wastewater as a resource

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Courtesy of LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

Times are definitely changing. It used to be that wastewater from whatever source – domestic, agricultural, industrial – was something to collect and pipe away as quickly and efficiently as possible. There was more water coming out of the ground or falling from the sky, so why bother investing time and money cleaning water that had already been used? Now, thanks to issues like population growth and climate change, more and more people around the planet are realizing that water can be treated and reused.

In fact, this year’s World Water Day was focused on wastewater. UN-Water, the United Nations agency that deals with issues related to water resources, recommended that the amount of untreated wastewater be halved by 2030 and the water recovered from increased treatment efforts be used for things like energy generation and irrigation.

Innovative technologies are emerging that will help us meet the UN’s goal. New methods using wood fibre filters, sunlight and even human waste as an energy source show promise. However, large, city-scale treatment plants will not always be appropriate. Finding systems that are both portable and inexpensive to operate will be key considerations in many parts of the world.

At LuminUltra, we recognize that microbiological monitoring will be a key component in the growth of recycled water as a resource. No matter what technology is used to clean the water, monitoring and testing to make sure it’s safe for human consumption will be crucial. Our products stand out for their ease-of-use and reliable, rapid results. For us, water re-use starts with monitoring and measurement.

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