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Increasing Sustainability by Reusing Food Process and Discharge Water

iStock-984369556 (2)Water scarcity affects all regions of the world, but the devastating effects of it can particularly be felt in the areas where food is produced and processed. The food processing industry is one of the largest consumers of water, using large quantities for various processing operations. The water and waste generated from food processing operations can have a significant impact on the environment, which increases the price of food for both producers and consumers.

In addition to this, treating process water can be challenging due to its complex constituents and constantly changing water quality. This requires specialized treatment strategies and frequent monitoring to ensure food safety and quality standards are met.

Due to regulatory and sustainability initiatives, the industry is increasingly interested in water recycling and reuse. This trend is set to persist as the industry strives to enhance sustainability and environmental accountability, optimize water management costs, and meet growing consumer demands. 

Benefits of Water Reuse in the Food Processing Industry 

The benefits of water reuse are driving a growing interest among food processors to adopt this practice. These benefits include:

  1. Reduced Water Consumption: Water reuse can significantly reduce the amount of freshwater required for processing operations, thereby reducing the overall water footprint of the industry. 
  2. Reduced Wastewater Discharge: By reusing treated wastewater, the amount of wastewater discharged from food processing plants can be significantly reduced, thereby reducing pollution and minimizing the environmental impact of these facilities. 
  3. Cost Saving: Water reuse can result in significant cost savings for food processing companies, particularly in areas where water is scarce or expensive. 
  4. Environmentally Sustainable: Water reuse can improve the environmental performance of food processing facilities, helping them to meet regulatory requirements and improve their reputation among consumers. 

Aquatech’s Sustainable Process Water Solutions 

Our process water treatment technologies provide comprehensive, low-footprint solutions leveraging our in-house membrane products that help increase capacity with little to no capital investment. The units can be retrofitted to work within existing production plants. Don't let your complex water needs keep you from making your food processing facility more environmentally and economically sustainable! Aquatech provides end-to-end service for your waste and processing needs, ensuring that your needs are always met by our team of engineers.

Aquatech's Cutting Edge Technologies

BioMOD Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF)
Application: Removes FOG, suspended solids, and insoluble BOD
Key Features: Microbubble diffusion and high loading rate

BioMOD MBBR Render 6

BioMOD Moving Bed Bioreactor (MBBR)
Application: Removes COD/BOD/N/P for discharge and reuse
Key Features: Lowest energy consumption per square foot

BioMOD MBR 6-1

BioMOD Membrane Bioreactor / EnviQ Membrane Bioreactor
Application: Removes COD/BOD/N/P for reuse
Key Features: Consistently high permeate quality suitable for RO

BioMOD EGSB Outside Render 4

BioMOD Expanded Granular Sludge Bed
Application: Treats COD/BOD at up to 10,000 ppm
Key Features: Optimized G/L phase kinetics and high biogas production

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 BioMOD Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor
Application: Treats COD/BOD at up to 100,000 ppm
Key Features: High-temp, high flex operability available

Aquatech’s Advantage 

Aquatech’s water process systems are both environmentally and economically sustainable, meaning our solutions will turn your process water into a valuable resource that can be used for clean-in-place (CIP), conveying products, general site cleanup, and even irrigation. Our systems will save you time, energy, and money, while also protecting the environment.


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