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Increasing Sustainability by Reusing Food Process and Discharge Water

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 water consumers, using large quantities for various processing operations. The water and waste generated from food processing operations can significantly impact the environment, increasing the price of food for 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 meet food safety and quality standards. 

Due to regulatory and sustainability initiatives, the industry is increasingly interested in water recycling and reuse. This trend will 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

Water reuse's benefits drive 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 food processing facilities' environmental performance, helping them 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 our team of engineers always meets your needs. 

Aquatech's Cutting-Edge Technologies

BioMOD™ Dissolved Air Flotation
Application: Removes FOG, suspended solids, and insoluble BOD 

Key Features: Microbubble diffusion and high loading rate

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BioMOD™ Moving Bed Bioreactor
Application: Removes COD/BOD/N/P for discharge and reuse 

Key Features: Lowest energy consumption per square foot 

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BioMOD™ & EnviQ™ Membrane Bioreactor
Application: Removes COD/BOD/N/P for reuse 

Key Features: Consistently high permeate quality suitable for RO 

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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 Digestion
Application: Treats COD/BOD at up to 100,000 ppm 

Key Features: High-temp, high flex operability available  

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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 protecting the environment. 

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