A leading European wastewater treatment and water reuse company has secured a 20-year partnership agreement with a major global chemical manufacturer to futureproof its water supply through water reuse.
Evides Industriewater, headquartered in Rotterdam and with operations across Europe, has successfully trialled the supply of process water from effluent with Dow Benelux, which has led to the company securing a long-term partnership to supply the company with 100% reuse water, whilst also reducing freshwater intake for the site.
And the company’s UK Business Manager, Colin Robinson, alongside Otto Schepers, Process Engineer at Evides Industriewater will be providing a seminar at one of the industry’s most prestigious events – Utility Week Live – which will see the well-known figureheads present the work that the company is successfully underway with at Dow Benelux.
Due to take place online on the 26th November, Colin and Otto will be presenting the full water cycle operation – set to be one of the most innovative and sustainable water systems in the world – at Dow Chemical’s complex, located in Terneuzen in the Netherlands.
The chemical manufacturer was keen to invest in more innovative approaches as part of its ambitious global sustainability plans which included not using any water that is specifically for drinking purposes.
As such, it worked in partnership with Evides Industriewater – having previously already supplied the sites industrial water – to launch a pilot wetland scheme with the goal of reusing water.
This seen a pilot wetland being built on Evides Industriewater site – comprising two constructed wetlands with vegetation and a newly built research facility – located on the border of an industrial park where Dow Benelux has several factories.
Through adopting a circular approach, the effluent from the local industrial and domestic wastewater treatment plants undergo a natural pre-treatment before being purified to the high quality, as required for the industrial process, before being recirculated back into Dow Benelux’s site for reuse.
The successful pilot, along with other research conducted, including the reuse of rainwater, has seen the quality of water improve, whilst being more sustainable as fewer chemicals are required to get the water to the required quality.
Speaking about the 20-year partnership agreement, Colin Robinson said:
“Sustainability and innovation are at the very forefront of this project and we are delighted to have secured this agreement following a successful trial.
“Businesses are becoming increasingly more aware of their water usage and that they need to be more sustainable in their processes to save such an important resource – water.
“As such, we are very much looking forward to sharing this project at Utility Week Live as a great example showcasing that through optimising processes, reusing wastewater and using rainwater, significant water savings can be made and processes can be much more sustainable.
“The fact that Dow Chemicals has signed up to a 20-year agreement, really shows their confidence in Evides Industriewater and we are delighted to play an integral role in launching innovative and sustainable processes.”
Evides Industriewater has been operating in Rotterdam since 1968.
The company prides itself on providing an entire water cycle for its industrial clients that improves the efficiency of business processes, reduces environmental impact and significantly reduces operational risk.
Evides Industriewater supplies 100.3 million m³ of process water and purifies 98.8 million m³ of wastewater every year.
The company boasts clients including BASF, Royal Dutch Shell, Huntsman and AkzoNobel amongst its extensive customer base and – on behalf of these – Evides Industriewater operates 77 water treatment, wastewater treatment and water reuse plants across Europe.
By Evides Industriewater UK Ltd