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Posted: Monday 1st February 2021

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Recently, water treatment specialist, Veolia Water Technologies UK (VWT UK) worked with an international beverage manufacturer to supply and install a new system for the treatment of its process water and wastewater.

When constructing its new production site, the manufacturer approached VWT UK for help. The major production facility houses a number of crucial manufacturing lines, producing over 20,000 bottles and 36,000 cans per hour. After production, the goods are exported to all corners of the world.

The client needed a system that could treat incoming mains water to a level that was suitable for its process needs. Additionally, it was important the system met local discharge standards without the need for month-to-month alterations. Finally, space was limited at the client’s site and the updated solution needed to be fitted within an existing space.

Following an updated consultation, design and review process with the client, VWT UK recommended the BERKEFELD PurBev® Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant in combination with a FiltrafloTM filter for treatment of process water. The PurBev® removes any organic contaminants, whilst the FiltrafloTM uses activated carbon to remove any chlorine and micropollutants, protecting the RO membranes.

Similarly, an IDRAFLOT® dissolved air flotation system was chosen for wastewater treatment, in conjunction with an AnoxKaldnes™ moving bed biofilm reactor. This treats the medium and high strength waste – removing the settled organic compounds and solids from the system – before its discharge to the sewer. Prior to VWT UK’s installation, the client was within the discharge limits but was paying a higher rate due to the level of contaminants they were discharging. The new wastewater plant has resolved this issue and reduced the water discharge fee.

Prior to the specification, VWT UK’s Chemical Department had visited the site for a testing day. This included research on the cooling towers and boiler systems to find out the most suitable water treatment solution. After the assessment, the team recommended HydrexTM 2112, HydrexTM 7611 and HydrexTM 7310 for the cooling towers, with HydrexTM 1110, HydrexTM 1568 and HydrexTM 1258 recommended for the boilers.

To further minimise manual monitoring requirements, the client is considering installing VWT UK’s AQUAVISTATM online monitoring system (part of Hubgrade). The innovative solution is accessible anytime, anywhere and on any device. If installed, it will give the client remote access to digital monitoring, enabling them to check on performance levels at any time of the day. The online system is also easily upgradable, allowing the client to expand capacities if necessary.

Furthermore, the AQUAVISTATM system (part of Hubgrade) will allow the client to remotely monitor operations even when away from the plant. There are only a small number of staff employed by the client, so this feature will allow the team to automatically capture important information, which would otherwise be missed.

Ivan Henin, Project Manager at Veolia Water Technologies UK commented: “On this project, we found a way to use innovative solutions to reduce the installation timeline, whilst maintaining a high level of quality, which helped meet the client's process plant commissioning dates. It was challenging, but our expertise in the field helped make it happen. The completed water treatment solution is robust, economical and highly efficient. What is more, it was installed quickly and meets all the relevant regulatory standards and limits.”

This project underlines what is possible when working with an expert like VWT UK. The new system has helped the client to minimise water loss, save energy and cut its carbon footprint. As well as being more reliable, the solution can be upgraded should the facility expand, or regulations change. The client’s original brief was fully fulfilled, and the new system is due to be commissioned in quarter one of 2020.

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