As the worldwide consumption of water goes up, the amount of wastewater produced also rises and global pollution increases. Only the most economically advanced countries have sufficient wastewater treatment systems in place, meaning that the majority of water used worldwide is released back into the environment untreated. This not only has adverse effects on the environment and human health but also exacerbates the global water scarcity problem.
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.
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, …