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With drought crippling many parts of the nation and the environment top of mind, Aerofloat’s managing director Ray Anderson talks about the need for better wastewater management.

There is increasing pressure on our food and beverage industry to show its commitment to keeping Australia’s waterways clean. An up-to-date and efficient wastewater treatment system minimises risks of harmful pollutants entering the environment and ensures businesses meet strict regulations.

Change can seem daunting, but the sector is capable of creating sustainable solutions to meet rising environmental concerns.
Adding to our already stretched water supplies, our capital cities are experiencing significant population growth. In September 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures that showed Melbourne’s population grew at 2.5 per cent every year between 2011 and 2017, and Sydney 1.8 per cent.

Melbourne is in the top five growth rates in the world, on par with cities in China, India and South America. This growth puts further pressure on industries to meet strict environmental regulations and to recycle wastewater and food waste wherever possible.

Finding affordable and reliable wastewater solutions is vital to businesses in both regional and urban centres. The food and beverage industry demands significant amounts of water usage, with water integral to most operations, such as food production, cleaning and sterilisation, boiling, chilling and even transport. For example, a prominent dairy plant in Australia has a peak flow of around 48 cubic metres per hour of wastewater – which is around 450,000 litres per day.

Ensuring sewer discharge meets or exceeds targets will become even more important to the industry as the nation strives to meet its environmental targets for the coming decade.

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