Most industrial and manufacturing processes, whatever the industry sector, tend to use good quality or even purified water in one or more of their stages. Despite it being such a commonly used resource, there are a lot of misconceptions about how we reuse water which could have a major impact on how effective our processes are, both from a cost and environmental perspective. Read on to find out about the most common misconceptions surrounding the use and reuse of water in manufacturing processes, and what we can do about them.
This brief guide is about the process of rainwater harvesting and reusing water for alternative purposes. Rainwater harvesting describes the process of capturing of rainwater and water run-off for reuse, as opposed to allowing it to run-off to the drainage system.
Reverse osmosis, often abbreviated to RO is a purification procedure that uses membrane technologies to filter and purify liquids. Reverse osmosis is now commonly used around the world for the treatment and purification of water used for drinking (potable water) and industrial processes.
Reverse osmosis makes use of a semipermeable membrane to separate unwanted materials found in the raw water (solute). These materials can include salts and minerals, bacteria and other contaminants.
Rainwater harvesting is an environmentally friendly process that focuses on capturing, harvesting and then recycling as much rainwater as possible for re-use that would otherwise be lost down drains when it rains.
The most obvious example of rainwater harvesting is when one fits a diverter to a surface water drainpipe so that the rainwater run-off is collected in a water butt or other water storage tank, rather than simply being allowed to discharge to the drain.
In the UK if your business generates wastewater as part of its operations it is typically referred to as industrial wastewater or trade effluent and must be dealt in accordance with specific rules and regulations set by the local sewerage undertaker.
As a responsible business it is incredibly important that you treat this wastewater in the best possible way. It’s not just a matter of making sure you deal with it effectively, it is also required under the law.