Industrial effluent is any liquid that is produced as part of an industry process; basically, wastewater that comes from a business, treatment plant or sewer. In an increasingly industry-led world, we are producing more and more trade effluent every year, and it is incredibly important that we use the correct effluent technologies to treat the liquid in order to make it safe for each other and for the environment. Without proper processing, this liquid can be harmful to wildlife and human health, so before it can be released into oceans and rivers, industries now use many of the emerging new technological processes available to process their waste. Businesses including the automotive sector, pharmaceutical companies and those working in chemical processing are all harnessing the power of new innovation in treating wastewater – such as reverse osmosis, coagulation and filtration. |
So why is this treatment so important? Let’s have a look at three main reasons.
It protects ecosystems and humans Left untreated, it can contain substances that are toxic to humans and wildlife. New effluent technologies can purify the water and eliminate these harmful components. Unclean water can threaten health in myriad ways, and is responsible for over 1.7 million deaths a year, through widespread diseases such as cholera. Furthermore, treating industrial waste supports our ecosystems - aquatic organisms require fresh water in order to survive, and releasing excessive amounts of chemicals such as nitrogen and phosphorus can throw off their balance. It is impossible for untreated wastewater to decompose naturally; the pollution from it permeates our water sources and causes untold damage to the organisms living there. Therefore, it is vital that we make use of the latest and most effective effluent technologies in order to protect our wildlife and ensure future sustainability.
It can address water shortage issues Recycling and treating wastewater contributes to a greater supply of clean water that we can then reuse. Residential and industrial water usage have increased massively over recent years, so wherever we can reuse it will make a difference to shortages.
It can support businesses Perhaps counterintuitively, those industries that harness effluent technologies to properly treat their wastewater can find that they have lower operational costs as a result. It is much more affordable to recycle water that has already been used than to constantly secure a new supply, and as sources of fresh water become more scarce, the costs associated with this will only become higher. Therefore, businesses will find it increasingly economical to properly treat their effluent.
Overall, it is clear that treating effluent carefully is vital, not only to uphold your legal obligations, but also to protect the environment and support the long-term health of our planet. When seeking solutions to your wastewater treatment and deciding on the best effluent technologies to use, be sure to find a reputable and experienced company to support you. This can be a complex choice, and utilising the expertise of others will help you to make the best decisions for the environment and your business.
Author Plate Sean Clifford is an advisor at AllWater Technologies Ltd, a wholly independent company providing consultation and water treatment equipment using the latesteffluent technologies and reverse osmosis water systems. Bringing together a host of experience and specialist knowledge, the company is committed to building and maintaining long-term relationships and creating maximum value and benefit for their customers.
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