Larger organisations have a social responsibility to ensure waste products and chemicals are disposed of correctly. As large quantities of water and products are used in manufacturing processes, the impact they have on the environment is huge.
Due to the seriousness of incorrect wastewater disposal, companies saw fines of an average of £440,000 in 2017 with the added risk of imprisonment. Water companies are creating awareness around this issue, providing an environmentally friendly solution.
How Do Companies Benefit From Correctly Managing Wastewater?
There are many benefits of disposing of wastewater using modern membrane technology that is also good for the environment. Older methods such as using chemicals are slowly dying out due to the many hazards and health and safety risks they impose.
Benefits of using membrane technology include:
- Operating costs are low
- Reduces disposal costs if the water is reused/treated on-site
- No hazardous chemicals to handle
- Low maintenance – only a daily check-up required
- Self-cleaning self-contained units
With the environment being a topic that’s not going away, people will start to look to the bigger culprits as they can have a bigger impact on making improvements.
The automotive industry as an example, requires half a million litres of water to produce one small car. As so many car parts are made in different locations with different machinery requiring water to function and let's not forget the finishing process required to paint the car, it’s easy to see how this amount is so big.
This is why it’s so important that the water can be treated and reused where possible as when 70 million cars are produced globally, small improvements in the process can have a revolutionary impact.
How Can Companies Correctly Manage And Treat Wastewater
Modern membrane technologies allow for the treatment and management of wastewater to be an all in one system.
Dependent on your specific water issue, sometimes a number of units are combined to provide you with your unique water treatment solution.
Industrial wastewater is treated through the use of membranes. As water passes through, impurities are captured. This leaves you with clean water to re-use in production or to re-enter the water cycle safely.
There are a number of water filtration solutions, all dependent on the water quality you already have and the quality of water you want to achieve, a water expert would advise the best option.
Below is a list of water filtration systems available:
- Reverse osmosis
- Water recycling units
- Ceramic filtration
- Coarse filtration
- UV light
Each one allows a different level of water through, capturing certain impurities dependent on the membrane size. Reverse Osmosis for example only allows water to pass through.
Membrane technologies are the latest innovative solution to treating and managing industrial wastewater correctly with minimal hazards, upkeep and power.
With water being a key ingredient to the majority of manufacturing processes its benefits to treat it and reuse it where possible. Not only is this benefiting the environment but it’s a cost-effective way of managing wastewater.
The first step is to analyse your raw water, Membracon offers a free water analysis test to help you identify your water issue.
They design and build every unit fully bespoke to each customer's requirements.