Let’s face it, we know that consumption is growing at every level. When the economy is good we consume more. This is especially true within the food and beverage manufacturing sector. With growing demands for food and our global population growing, food manufacturing is probably a good bet.
The challenges that many food manufacturers face is their water consumption. We’ve all heard the crazy amount of water that it takes to process beef, milk, potatoes and well…most things. Did you know that it takes 200 gallons of water to produce one bottle of wine? Many food and beverage facilities use large quantities of potable water in their daily operations, which have major imapacts on local water supplies and surface water quality. Reusing water is a logical way to minimize a facility’s environmental footprint.
Which leads to the question: How do we sustain our food manufacturing when we are very soon facing a global water crisis?
Recycling and reusing industrial waste, is one method food and beverage facilities can utilize to alleviate business risk, enhance sustainability practices and ensure water quality standards by decreasing the plant’s need for external water sources. While this idea of using reclaimed water produced by the plant seems like a no brainer, only about 10% of the usable water is being reclaimed for treatment and reuse. That means there are huge opportunities to improve. The purpose of these processes is sustainability and water conservation, rather than discharging treated water to surface waters such as rivers and oceans.
Water concerns have certainly been more and more prevalent in the news especially in the food manufacturing industry. As of late there has been a shift to focus on social responsibility and water stewardship. Companies are investing more heavily in their sustainability efforts than ever before and are better managing their water use.
While many have over looked water reuse in the past, there has been a great reevaluation of how to incorporate water reuse on a larger scale. Many companies are coming to the realization that water reuse offers dependability and allows them to have some control over their costs and availability of water. On-site water reuse also enables facilities and their communities to become less dependent on groundwater and surface water sources.
Most wastewater treatment plants in the US are not designed to take on industrial sewage, they were designed for domestic use only. There are some companies that have special permits that allow them to discharge their water into the public wastewater treatment plants but many do not. There are steep implications and challenges that come from industrial discharge and thus many pay hefty fees for us of the wastewater treatment plants.
As we move into the new era of technology advancements many companies are looking at alternatives to traditional wastewater treatment. Many companies are now realizing that on site treatment and reuse not only support their stance on sustainability but are cost effective as well.
Now that we know we can’t take our water for granted we must find ways to reuse what we have in a more efficient and cost effective manner. The newest player in the game of wastewater treatment and reuse is Active Water Solutions (AWS), is focused on manufacturing cost effective portable wastewater treatment and reuse system. The AWS systems are perfectly designed to help companies build sustainable waster treatement solutions that will allow for them to have more control over water costs and better treatment of waste.
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