Case Study: Food & Beverage Industry

LAT Water has developed a unique approach to wastewater treatment that uses waste heat as a sustainable energy source to power the cutting-edge LAT Unit system. This method not only reduces operational costs and energy use, but also produces high-quality results and up to 95% clean water following the wastewater treatment process. 





Water Recovery Rate

High – up to 95%

Overview & Wastewater Composition

Wastewater from the food and beverage industry can include a very wide range of organic and inorganic substances – creating complex wastewater streams with variable flow rates depending on each production facility’s capacity and niche, e.g. meat processing, dairy, breweries, and more. Although it’s one of the main contributors to wastewater generation, the food and beverage industry is highly regulated regarding wastewater discharge and compliance with local, regional, and national regulations is essential to minimise potential environmental impact and safeguard freshwater resources for the future.

Depending on the sector and specific processes employed by the production facility, food and beverage wastewater can contain various contaminants, including suspended solids, bacteria, oils and greases, as well as chemicals such as cleaning agents disinfectants, and food additives. Alongside this, the wastewater is also often rich in nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which can lead to eutrophication if not properly managed.


Due to increasing concerns over water scarcity and the desire for sustainable practices, many food and beverage companies are implementing water reuse and conservation strategies. With the LAT Unit, businesses can not only recycle water but also reduce their energy consumption, lower their carbon footprint, and create new revenue streams by selling the byproducts of the treatment process such as dewatered fertiliser.

LAT Water’s innovative LAT Unit wastewater treatment plant can be configured to manage and treat even the most complex wastewater streams, producing up to 95% clean water from waste. As the system uses waste heat as an energy source, the operational costs associated with running a LAT Unit system are much lower than conventional solutions. In a separate case study, our client saw an 80% reduction in overall treatment costs by switching to LAT Water.

The LAT Unit can be configured based on your requirements and monitored remotely 24/7 to ensure consistent, high results.


Water Quality

  • Maximum water recovery: 95%
  • Safe to discharge following treatment using the LAT Unit alone
  • The concentrate produced as a byproduct of treatment can be used as feed to anaerobic digestion plants


  • The table values have been rounded up for the purpose of this case study.
  • Distillate values can be optimised on a case-by-case basis depending on each site’s discharge limits and specifications.
Paramater Feed Waste Water Clean Distillate Water
COD (mg/L) 36,000 <250

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