Some Reasons to Invest in A Water Treatment Plant
For municipalities responsible to provide residents and businesses with potable water, a sophisticated treatment plant is essential for them to ensure they deliver a quality product. That said, these local utilities are experiencing increasing difficulties in keeping pace with the rising demands of the consumer. Coupled with the effects of the increased frequency of drought in South Africa, the problem is steadily becoming more serious.
While efforts to reduce the demand by applying stiffer tariffs may have stirred some domestic consumers to exercise more restraint, those engaged in commerce and industry are less well positioned to respond to these financial pressures, as the need to increase productivity is even greater. Instead, for them, the more practical alternative is to recycle with the aid of their own water-treatment plant. During use, water used in industrial processes tends to pick up a variety of contaminants and, to comply with the regulations regarding its safe disposal, it is normally necessary to subject industrial wastewater to some form of suitable pre-treatment. Rather than subsequently disposing of the treated liquid into the environment, many companies have been finding that it makes more sense to reuse it. For a factory owner, this is a decision that has the potential to contribute to a considerable saving for a company with a high monthly usage. In addition, the act of using a water-treatment plant to recycle that which has been previously used can also be a means to extend a little relief to the relevant municipal service providers from the steadily mounting pressure on the nation’s already-overtaxed reserves.
It is often said that charity begins at home and this is probably a concept that should also be applied to economy. While domestic users account for a relatively small portion of the country’s total consumption of water, agriculture guzzles a massive 60% to raise fresh produce for local consumption and export. However, whether your home may be a rustic farmhouse in the Free State or an apartment in a gated community in Johannesburg, a water-treatment plant can offer its owners precisely the same important benefits and will differ only in terms of degree. When fed from grey wastewater sources, less processing is required than when treating black wastewater, and the processed effluent may be used safely in its non-potable state for tasks such as watering the lawn, irrigating a field, washing the family car, or clearing the mud from a farm tractor. With further processing, all sources can, of course, be rendered suitable for drinking.
Different situations call for different forms of processing and the importance of one type of application was made abundantly clear during the recent, near-disastrous drought in Cape Town. On this occasion, the emergency water treatment was provided by a desalination plant used to remove the salt and other impurities from seawater as a means to bolster the city’s rapidly dwindling potable reserves. Once, desalination technology relied exclusively on the use of heat evaporation and condensation as the means to prepare a salt-free effluent. However, this process consumed a lot of electrical energy, making it too costly for widespread adoption. More recently, reverse osmosis (RO) has provided a welcome, low-energy, and highly scalable alternative technology that has led to a rapid increase in the number of desalination plants now operating around the world.
Reverse osmosis has also become the technology of choice for use in water-treatment plants where the requirement is for an exceptional degree of purity. Typical of those who have embraced RO are the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries. However, as a result of its scalability, reverse osmosis has also been leveraged for use in small, portable water purifiers that can be used by the military when operating in inhospitable regions to treat brackish or dirty water or by aid workers to provide some relief for those who live in areas where the local supply is contaminated.
The reality remains that, as our population continues to grow, the capacity to assist nature in its efforts to recycle this life-giving liquid will need to intensify, and this means that it cannot be left solely to service providers. Water treatment plants are available to all and are our best hope for a sustainable future. You can find them at WaterIcon. Talk to us about the appropriate type for your needs.