Although water is a scarce resource, the demand for clean water continues to grow rapidly due to an increasing population and improving lifestyles. Therefore, we need to protect our scarce water resources by water reclamation, enabling sustainable and safe water reuse and wastewater recycling.
Many industrial operations generate wastewater streams. Often, these wastewater streams are discharged into the environment although they represent valuable resources, which could be reused for various industrial applications and purposes or sold for irrigation. Yet, in order for wastewater to be reused, it needs to be reclaimed through a water recovery treatment process. Water reclamation is a filtration process, which removes wastewater contaminants and pollutants, allowing wastewater and effluent to be reused for various other applications and processes. It is a safe and sustainable method to reuse water, which would otherwise have been discharged.
Water reclamation and effluent reuse bring about financial, social, and environmental benefits. When you reclaim water, e.g., groundwater or backwash water from sand filters, you can reduce your water consumption and the related costs significantly.
Water recycling will only become a greater industrial focus as it is a cost-effective and sustainable solution. Water reclamation and reuse contribute to reduced operational costs due to lowered water consumption while it also reduces wastewater discharge and the fees linked to the disposal of wastewater. Moreover, as more and more places experience water scarcity and water stress, freshwater prices are on the rise. Thus, it is a more cost-effective solution to reuse water rather than produce desalinated water or transport potable water.