Small in size, densely populated and very urbanized, Belgium is a country with a high level of water usage that impacts on the water supplies of other countries when water used to produce imported goods is taken into account. This short article takes a look at how much water Belgium consumes compared to other nations, where that water goes and what can be done to reduce water use in Belgium.
If a company can connect to the sewage system for the disposal of industrial waste water, its own waste water treatment is quickly regarded as an unnecessary and unprofitable investment. However, if one takes on the necessary expertise to calculate the cost, in many cases the opposite turns out to be true.
Have you ever wondered why water drops have that circular form instead of, for example, a squared one? The answer is simple, circular shape allows molecules to hold the liquid together by occupying minimum surface area, resulting into spherical drops, as we already know.
For many years, sustainable water management was not a top priority for real estate companies. Sustainable construction was considered expensive and nothing more than a way to comply with the regulations. Today, however, sustainability has become a key aspect in the sector and an opportunity to create added value. Sustainable buildings are more profitable, and not only for the obvious reasons.
Many companies have their own plant for the treatment of their sanitary or industrial waste water. This cannot simply be discharged, but must undergo a number of purification steps so that it can be discharged in accordance with the applicable discharge standards, such as chemical oxygen demand, nitrogen, phosphorus, metals, …