Wastewater is any water that’s been used and are by-products of domestic, commercial, industrial, or agricultural activities. Surface runoff and stormwater are also considered wastewater. However, one of the leading producers of wastewater (and pollution) are commercial and industrial establishments as they continuously introduce chemical, physical, and even biological pollutants to the water.
Industrial and commercial wastewater can come from all types of industries, from food processing and manufacturing to energy (power plants). Even office-based firms produce wastewater simply from using the bathroom or when cleaning the facilities. Improper wastewater management leads to water pollution and could affect a company’s finances and reputation in the future.
If you’re still not convinced about working with a wastewater treatment company or investing in a wastewater recycling system, there are ways that wastewater recycling can positively impact other businesses.
One of the immediate benefits of recycling is the fact that it cuts the cost of “buying” more fresh water, as you can immediately reuse recycled or treated water. Additionally, for companies and industries that produce high volumes of wastewater, on-site wastewater recycling means you wouldn’t have to worry about wastewater transportation, which could be costly.
Since you would be using recycled water in your production, this would lower operational costs, resulting in either being able to provide products at a lower price or having a higher profit margin.
Improve Production Processes
Having an on-site water treatment facility allows your company to better manage the supply and demand for fresh water for your operations. Wastewater recycling could be incorporated into your production flow as an almost self-sustaining process.
Lower Risks of Pollution
The problem with untreated wastewater is that it fills and pollutes our streams, lakes, and oceans. Not only does that deteriorate water quality and adversely affect the surrounding ecosystem; poor management of wastewater could also come with huge fines.
Being known as a company that properly recycles wastewater allows your company to be branded as “green”, “eco-friendly” and “environmentally and socially responsible”. This would generate good PR for your company and attract environmentally-conscious consumers to be loyal to your brand. Employees would also be more motivated to work knowing that they work for a company that doesn’t only care about profit, but also the environment.
A Form of Contingency
Having your own wastewater recycling system would allow your company to continue its operations even during drought or if the local water company has damaged lines or any issue that prevents them from supplying your company with fresh water. In extreme cases of drought or water shortage, your company may even be able to supply the local community with treated wastewater for domestic use.
One of the major benefits of wastewater recycling is that it’s applicable to almost all industries; not just in manufacturing. Any company can adopt it and enjoy the benefits. So, it might be time to call your local wastewater treatment company and invest in a wastewater recycling system for your facility. Show the world how you care about nature, your people, and society.