When a company is evaluating the optimum solution for treating their wastewater it isn’t simply a matter of finding the lowest cost end of pipe solution. Understanding the different ways that water is used throughout the plant provides the basis for devising a long term cost effective strategy and a critical first step in this is reducing the volume of waste produced in the first place.

Waste Profile

An important starting point is to develop a full picture of the flow of water through the plant rather than focusing just on the amount being discharged . By looking at what happens to water at every stage of the manufacturing process and how it becomes waste, it may be possible to identify changes that can be made to production methods which will start to produce water savings.

High Waste Streams

A review of production processes will highlight if there are particular areas which produce highly concentrated waste which will particularly impact on total wastewater volume. At this stage it is worth evaluating if there are different ways of dealing with highly concentrated waste. It could be that such waste has a value either by using it in-house (for example as feed for a digester plant) or to produce a revenue stream (in the instance of fat, oil or grease being sold as feedstock to a bioethanol producer).

Return on Investment

An important part of the design of a good waste treatment system is making full use of by products from the production process to reduce input costs , for example heat or steam from production processes can be used to provide the power to run an industrial evaporator minimising the amount of electricity which is required. It is possible to achieve a wastewater treatment system which is self sufficient in energy, some systems can actually generate surplus power which can be discharged to the grid. Treating waste and production by-products effectively can produce a valuable Return on Investment.


A completely different approach to waste treatment which can be beneficial to cash flow by avoiding a large capital outlay is to engage with a 3rd party company and outsource the entire waste treatment function through a finance and operations package.

Established Contractor

Whichever route a company chooses for dealing with its effluent, it is imperative that they work with a supplier who has an established track record of working with similar businesses so that they can be confident that all relevant options will be considered based on actual experience of that sector. Reference plants are also an important part of choosing a reputable contractor.

Developing the best industrial effluent treatment approach for any company will take time and effort . But it is possible, by fully understanding the different stages of production, to produce a solution which can reduce the amount of waste which requires treatment and the associated costs by looking for alternate power sources and identifying any valuable by products. Finding an experienced contractor to partner with is an invaluable part of optimising any effluent treatment process.

Wasterwater Treatment

Belmar Technologies is highly experienced working with a wide range of effluent treatment technologies. You can contact us on 01327 586008 or mail@belmartechnologies.co.uk.