There are already more than seven billion people on the planet. In the near future, there will be nine billion. The world is growing and it needs new resources. This means we need to be more inventive, more responsible and more efficient. Today, we recover water, waste and energy. What is discarded by some becomes a resource for others.
Give Water Several Lives
Reintroducing wastewater into agricultural and industrial production cycles, and even domestic consumption, is one solution for overcoming water shortages and the growing cost of the water treatment process. Worldwide, we provide tailored solutions for each need and each resource typology. Water is a precious commodity. Saving it, conserving it, multiplying its uses and methods for sharing it better are becoming crucial. However, no sustainable and rational action is possible without solid knowledge of the state of the resource. For this reason, we have developed tools to designed to improve the assessment of footprints and help take more appropriate action with your water treatment process.
Multiple Uses for Wastewater Sludge
Attitudes are changing and wastewater sludge should no longer be viewed as a waste product; it can be used in a real circular economy. Wastewater sludge can be converted into organic waste into biogas for local consumption, organic soil improvers for agriculture and bio-plastics. Reusing and recycling wastewater can offer even more significant savings, due to the high cost of discharging wastewater. There is reticence within some industries to reusing and recycling water, due to the fear factor around using treated wastewater, for example to clean a tank involved in food production. But greater understanding of how efficient and effective wastewater treatment can be should alleviate any industry concerns. After all, every drop of mains water has at some stage been reused and recycled.
Seawater desalination provides a precious alternative resource. As world leader for desalination, we have extensive expertise in the very latest filtration technology and are working actively on limiting its ecological footprint, in particular through the use of renewable energy.
Responsibilities and regulations
There are considerable costs associated with water processing – whether it’s before or after use – and making the best use of this paid for resource can make a significant difference to profit margins. All industries have a responsibility to ensure that their trade effluent meets regulatory requirements, but companies should be encouraged to look beyond these statutory requirements to see how, once they’ve paid for it and treated it, water can be used and reused to best effect before disposal. This can not only reduce overall consumption and waste costs, it can also potentially provide valuable byproducts for use in other areas of the business.
It is hard to deny the strong business and environmental arguments for changing our approach to water management. Ignoring our water consumption is no longer a viable option and industries can benefit from implementing technology to deliver water and energy savings, as well as reaping financial benefits.
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