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Wastewater – A Resource, Not a Liability

Submitted by Vignesh Ramanan

The present are testing times. Availability of water for the future is one of the biggest concerns of Governments, Regimes, Urban Local Bodies and Industries around the World. The same is cemented by the recent United Nations Water Intel which states that 783 Million people are devoid of access to Clean Drinking Water across the Globe. More than often, the future lacks Optimism. It is in this challenging scenario that technology companies like WABAG help sustain water supply by providing alternative sources of water.

WABAG’s reuse offerings for both municipal and industrial sectors are based on the conviction that “Water is too precious to be used just once”. The company has numerous standout references that employ advanced multi barrier systems and testify to its expertise in the domain of water reuse. The company’s references, totaling to around 50 plants which effectively reuse around 2000 million liters every day globally. These value propositions validate the brand’s tagline: Sustainable Solutions for a better life.

In the municipal sector, testifying to the feasibility of the reuse model is the world’s first direct potable reuse plant at Windhoek, Namibia which treats wastewater to levels fit for potable consumption. Another reference which ensures water security is the reclamation plant at Baotou, Mongolia which employs WABAG’s patented filtration technology: BIOPUR. The tertiary treated wastewater is used as cooling water in a nearby power station.

In the industrial sector, the Panipat Refinery Water Reclamation Plant of IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation) at Haryana, India, is a unique recycling plant treating & recycling complex refinery/petrochemical process effluents. The Plant which has been in operation for over a decade employs advanced multi-barrier systems in order to meet the strict quality requirements for recycling as boiler make-up water. The process flow comprises a wide range of technologies from clarification, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis to demineralization, using mixed bed ion exchange filters.

To reiterate, water is a finite resource, not a rightful commodity & we must pay serious thought to managing it efficiently. This thought is key to ensuring the sustainability of this precious resource, which is key to the socio economic well-being of the global population.

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The WABAG Group with its internationally operative companies in Vienna and Chennai has a work-force of around 2,000 and is represented via companies and offices in 25 countries. The Group’s focus is on emerging markets in Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, India and south-east Asia.

With a history dating back more than ninety years, the WABAG Group represents both a traditional and highly modern business organisation in the field of water technology.

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