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What do you need to know about wastewater today?

Lauren Ertl

16 Jan 20


From regulation to recycling and beyond, it will come as no surprise to hear that there is an awful lot of information to take in around the nuances of wastewater. With this in mind, we asked our experts to share some of the wastewater questions they most frequently find themselves answering on a day-to-day basis.

Without further ado, let us begin exploring some of the things you want to know…


“Does Waste water treatment always have to cost?”


Like many parts of industry, it is easy to see wastewater treatment as little more than a mandatory, regulatory cost. It isn’t just the environment that benefit from responsible wastewater management; there are a number of ways that businesses can cut the costs associated with their wastewater…

Recycling your wastewater is an effective way of reducing costs to discharge (whether you’re doing this via environment or sewer). Some businesses can get quite creative with how they make use of this practice. Here’s how one brewery launched a beer produced from recycled water.

Which leads us nicely onto question two…


“How can I recycle wastewater?”


There are a few different approaches to consider when looking to recycle your wastewater.

For example, Reverse Osmosis and Ultra filtration are two ways you can repurpose your water for use in cleaning, cooling or other functions within the original production process.

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a very beneficial approach to give serious consideration to. This process produces biogas to use as fuel and is a valuable source of renewable energy. Amongst other things, this energy can be used within the waste treatment process itself or elsewhere in your factory.

For a more in-depth look at the processes involved in AD – and some myth busting for good measure – read Steve Wilcox's blog here.


“Who decides what my wastewater effluent quality should be?”


When it comes to regulating wastewater management and monitoring treatment efforts, the decision-makers change depending on where your wastewater discharge is going.

If your wastewater is going to ground, river or elsewhere in the environment, the Environment Agency will be the body responsible for determining the effluent quality. Their judgement will depend on a range of factors, including the state of the environment you’re operating in, the wildlife in the region and even the impact being felt by other processes discharging in the area.

If your trade effluent is going to the sewer then your activity will be regulated by your regional water supplier – for example, Anglian Water.

These companies will give you clear parameters to stay within based on your process, factoring in any likely contaminants. This is what your costs will be based on.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the topics we’ve explored, be sure to browse our blog and resource libraries for further insights from our industry experts. If you have any other questions we’ve yet to cover, visit our Twitter or LinkedIn pages and let us know!


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