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Wastewater Treatment

Final ‘polishing’ step for wastewater for discharge to sewer or the environment

Wastewater treatment is the process of converting wastewater (used water) into an effluent that can be returned to the water cycle in an environmentally-friendly manner or directly reused by businesses for purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Wastewater has a huge impact on the environment and it is important it is treated effectively.

Arvia Technology employs its innovative Nyex™ systems against the most challenging waters. Designed and manufactured in-house, the unique systems can be combined, where necessary, with ancillary technologies to provide a fully operational tertiary solution which is tailored exactly to your treatment requirements.

Why is it important for organisations to treat wastewater?

We all know that clean water is vital to sustain life on Earth. With water shortages in many countries, wastewater is a valuable resource. However, wastewater contains many harmful substances that must be treated before discharge.  Discharging wastewater which hasn’t been treated poses a serious threat to the natural environment.

With clean water supplies diminishing at a fast pace, wastewater treatment is vital in restoring the water supply and protecting the planet.  Sustainable wastewater treatment processes mean the maximum amount of water can be reused instead of being wasted. The continued high cost of fresh water has led industrial plants to consider their water reuse options.

Many organisations have become concerned about the disposal of toxic compounds and the fines they could incur. In this context, it has never been more important to maintain safe and compliant limits by treating wastewater to required standards.

Why are wastewater discharge regulations important?

All businesses have a duty of care to ensure their wastewater is managed correctly and discharge regulations adhered to. Wastewater must be treated to meet strict effluent guidelines controlling what is being sent to the public sewer. Water emissions to sewer require trade effluent consent from the local utility provider. It is vital that limits are met to avoid costly fines for breaches.

Every industry produces industrial wastewater which contains a variety of contaminants each having a unique set of effects on the environment. Specific organic contaminants have unique discharge regulations to control what enters our waterways and protect the natural environment from harmful contaminants.

Regulations differ for each facility depending on the utility provider and discharge to the river or sea depends on the industry and the wastewater quality.

It is important to work with a treatment advisor to understand the best solution for your unique wastewater challenges.

What happens if organisations don’t comply with regulations?

The consequences of failing to comply with water discharge regulations can be far reaching. They include:

  • Reputational damage from negative press. There has been an increasing amount of media coverage highlighting organisations that do not have the correct permits for their operations and are not abiding by the conditions set out to protect the environment. Once negative press has appeared, damage to reputation is extremely difficult to overcome.
  • Environmental fines or fines from utility provider. Fines can be hefty and are intended to make business owners and management take notice of environmental responsibilities.
  • Interrupted production due to audits. Having effective wastewater treatment processes in place will minimise the risk of unscheduled downtime and the cost this incurs.
  • Licence revokes. It is an offence not to comply with the conditions of an effluent discharge license. The license could be reviewed and revoked which could be costly and attract negative attention.
  • Plant shutdowns. Failure to treat wastewater adequately could see a plant being shut down for noncompliance of water quality regulations. In a worst-case scenario, a person found guilty of non-compliance could also face fines and imprisonment.

How do Arvia’s technologies help businesses treat wastewater?

Arvia’s technologies ensure consistent compliance with stringent water quality standards. By carrying out a water audit with our expert Process Engineers, Arvia can also help organisations develop a treatment process to meet individual effluent and water reuse goals.

Arvia’s Nyex™ treatment processes contribute to environmental plans by removing recalcitrant organic contaminants from wastewater on-site, resulting in trace environmental impact and complete legislative compliance.

By installing an on-site treatment system for wastewater streams, Good Manufacturing Practice and compliant discharge levels can be maintained. By removing trucking and discharge fees for effluent, Arvia’s clients also benefit from a notable reduction in operational costs.

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