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Three trends shaping the future of the wastewater industry

The world is changing and we must change with it. That is as true for industrial water and wastewater as it is for any other industry. Advancements in technology and increasing environmental issues are contributing toward the need for evolution. Fortunately, all signs point towards a sustained growth. In this article, Fluid Controls examines which trends are shaping the future of the wastewater industry.

Key wastewater industry trends

The changing requirements for water treatment have prompted both the government and the industry alike to react promptly and look toward the future. Whilst we have noticed a rise in individual trends, the following are the three which are occurring most prominently in the wastewater industry:

Advancements in wastewater reuse

While the practice of wastewater management is hardly anything new, there have been advancements in industry practices and the technology used. As stress on our water supplies continues to grow, the holy grail for wastewater treatment to become increasingly cost-effective.

Industrial operations now seek to increase the recovery of their produced water and will be turning to more advanced technology to do so. Both direct and indirect potable reuse practices have become more palatable and technologically efficient.

With an increased focus on affordable alternatives to augment water, this will also help depletion related events such as seawater intrusion or groundwater salting. As a result, industrial recycling systems can be further developed for wastewater treatment operations.

Decreased groundwater pumping

As a knock-on effect of water reuse, there has been a reduction of groundwater pumping. Industrial operations have reduced the usage of underground aquifers following after years of over-pumping. This, in turn, has contributed to sustained drought.

However, in order for wastewater treatment to move forward, sterner regulatory approaches must be introduced. Once this has been achieved, water companies can look towards the implementation of sustainable industrial wastewater recycling systems.

Improved seawater desalination

Scientists around the world have been working towards improving saltwater purification. Making desalination a more affordable process will offer further growth opportunities to those in the industrial water and wastewater treatment market. As desalination technology grows, so too will its popularity.

Due to the consumption of chemicals and energy, the practice of seawater desalination has been known to have substantial environmental costs. Therefore, there has been a renewed focus on creating a greener desalination process. By implementing an eco-friendly approach, desalination can be used longer-term at reduced costs.

Industrial wastewater treatment with Fluid Controls

While the future looks positive for the wastewater industry, it’s the present that often concerns clients. As we wait for advancements and improvements to take shape, our range of flow controllers can help provide effective treatment in here and now.

Our automatic flow rate controllers from W.A. Kates can be successfully applied to a wide variety of industrial wastewater recycling systems. These controllers compensate for any changes in supply and discharge pressures, whilst maintaining a constant flow.

Whether you are looking to apply them within a filtration system or to help improve the deionisation of water, W.A. Kate’s Flow Controllers can help improve a multitude of industrial water and wastewater systems.

For more information about our range of Flow Controllers, contact Fluid Controls today on 0118 970 2060 or via email at fluid@fluidcontrols.co.uk

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