Why Industrial Wastewater Treatment Companies Are Vital For The UK’s Food & Beverage Industry

In the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of the food and beverage industry, wastewater management is crucial not only for maintaining environmental sustainability and regulatory compliance, but also helping businesses reduce their energy use and preserve resources. 

Industrial wastewater treatment companies, therefore, play a pivotal role in providing specialised solutions to address the unique challenges faced by this sector. In the United Kingdom, environmental regulations are more rigid than in other parts of the world, thus rising the demand for reliable and efficient wastewater treatment services. At LAT Water, we have engineered 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 helps reduce operational as well as producing high-quality results and up to 95% clean water following the wastewater treatment process. 

Learn more about the importance of effective wastewater treatment below:

The Role of Industrial Wastewater Treatment Companies in the Food and Beverage Industry

Providing Expertise In Complex Wastewater Composition

The food and beverage industry generates a diverse range of complex wastewater streams due to the large number of companies that fall under the umbrella of this industry as a whole. These wastewater streams often contain organic and inorganic contaminants, such as fats, oils, sugars, proteins, and suspended solids, as well as a range of preservatives and man-made chemicals which help our food maintain its taste and appearance for longer. Industrial wastewater treatment companies must therefore possess the necessary expertise to analyse, evaluate, and develop tailored treatment solutions for these intricate wastewater compositions. At LAT Water, we can facilitate sample testing using our MicroLAT system which mimics the results of our full-size treatment plant but on a smaller scale, allowing us to accurately detect all contaminants present in the water, and provide an estimate for on-site treatment. Once implemented, the full-size LAT Unit additionally analysis the wastewater in real-time and can be monitored remotely to check for any fluctuations in wastewater input (as well as ensure efficient removal of contaminants and the compliance of treated effluents with environmental regulations).

Ensuring Compliance With Stringent Regulations

The UK’s strict wastewater discharge regulations can pose challenges for companies, especially as regulations can change over time across Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland. Keeping up-to-date and compliant with these regulations is vital to avoid penalties, legal consequences, and reputational damage. Industrial wastewater treatment companies such as ourselves are well-versed in the regulatory landscape and understand the specific requirements of the food and beverage industry, as well as how to deliver the best possible results for your business. Alongside this, we can help companies navigate the complex regulatory framework, ensuring compliance and peace of mind, as well as further assistance in helping your company meet its wider sustainability and energy goals.

Providing Customised Treatment Approaches

Each food and beverage company (as well as individual facilities) will have its own unique wastewater characteristics and challenges – so there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to wastewater management. While industrial wastewater treatment companies do offer customised treatment approaches that take into account factors such as wastewater volume, composition, and discharge requirements, we go a step further in analysing your energy usage and identifying areas for optimisation and minimisation of energy waste. In one case study, our approach helped our client achieve a 70% reduction in energy consumption – allowing them to redistribute those extra resources into other parts of their business. By tailoring our solutions, we can provide companies with efficient and cost-effective treatment options.

Advantages of Industrial Wastewater Treatment for the Food and Beverage Industry

Environmental Sustainability

The food and beverage industry (like all others) has a corporate and moral responsibility to minimise its impact on the environment. Industrial wastewater treatment companies including LAT Water play a vital role in achieving this goal by effectively engineering and researching effective wastewater treatment and management options for companies around the world. This enables us to support businesses, prevent the contamination of natural water sources, and protect ecosystems and public health. Through our expertise as engineers as well as wastewater management specialists, we help companies in the food and beverage industry operate in an environmentally-sustainable manner – promoting a greener future.

Resource Recovery & Reuse

Industrial wastewater often contains valuable resources that can be recovered and reused (and we recently wrote about the importance of nutrient recovery) – which is why we and many other wastewater treatment companies will employ a range of technologies to extract these nutrients and enable repurposing. In the food and beverage industry, this can include recovering organic matter for energy generation or converting nutrients into fertilisers. By implementing resource recovery strategies, companies can reduce their reliance on virgin resources, minimise waste generation, and even create additional revenue streams as well as supporting other parts of the supply chain and reducing costs for smaller businesses. 

Cost Savings & Improved Efficiency

The main challenge for industrial wastewater treatment companies is to offer cost-effective solutions that improve their client’s overall operational efficiency – as each industry has varied needs and requirements, remaining competitive and continuously adding value can be difficult. At LAT Water, our innovative LAT Unit is designed to treat wastewater at your site (regardless of weather or terrain conditions!) 24/7. This helps our clients minimise their transportation costs, reduce reliance on external treatment facilities, and provide full control and visibility of output. Additionally, our optimised treatment processes and technologies can enhance energy efficiency by using waste heat as an energy source to power our treatment plant – resulting in an over 70% reduction in operational costs and a more positive environmental impact. 

Choosing the Right Industrial Wastewater Treatment Company in the UK

Consider the following:

Experience and Expertise

When selecting an industrial wastewater treatment company, it is crucial to consider their experience and expertise in serving your industry – LAT Water has a track record of working with companies in the food and beverage industry to analyse their wastewater requirements and can organise a sample test for your business on request. Our team are also highly successful at addressing wastewater challenges and complying with UK regulations – helping merge knowledge, technical expertise, and best practice. 

Tailored Solutions

Each food and beverage facility has unique wastewater treatment requirements – therefore it’s important to seek a wastewater treatment partner company that can offer customised solutions tailored to your specific needs. They should also understand the complexities of your wastewater composition, volume, and discharge limits. A company that takes a collaborative approach and works closely with your team will be better equipped to provide effective solutions.

Sustainability Focus

Choose an industrial wastewater treatment company that demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability (not greenwashing) by looking for companies that prioritise resource recovery, energy efficiency, and the use of eco-friendly treatment processes. This alignment with sustainable practices will ensure that your wastewater treatment goals align with your broader environmental objectives as well as the UK’s net zero goals

Contact The LAT Water Team

Meet us in person at Cereals 2023 at the Thoresby Estate, Perlethorpe (NG22 9EQ) next week – 13th-14th June – at stand 114.

You can also contact our team on +44 (0)1635 635900 or by emailing info@latwater.com. Download our corporate brochure for more details about our sustainable wastewater treatment solutions.

LAT Water at Cereals 2023 event stand 114
Elias Elia
09th Jun 2023