Water is one of the most important raw materials for industrial production. For this reason, processes are now used in water treatment that not only produce the required water quality, but also allow for recycling. The treated water can either be fed back into the process, or reused for other purposes. Water recycling plants lead to a significant reduction in operational costs for production.
By EnviroChemie GmbH based in Rossdorf bei Darmstadt, GERMANY.
Direct reuse of wastewater in the product is not on the menu in the food and beverage industry, but the reuse of water for other purposes (e.g. washing) is now a priority. Most major F&B companies have made commitments to reduce their water consumption per unit of product, and reuse is an important part of the strategy for achieving this. Furthermore much of the growth of the industry is in emerging markets which typically have more limited, lower quality water resources than developed countries, creating water treatment challenges. In developed markets, emerging concerns about pharmaceutical by-products and other trace contaminants making their way into the product have lead to greater use of desalination technologies on the process water side. Value from waste propositions such as energy recovery, water reuse (not within the product) and materials recovery ensure that investment in water technology benefits the bottom line.
By Global Water Intelligence (GWI) based in Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM.
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