The challenges of the wastewater treatment industry and how WABAG can help your business achieve sustainability

The current global economic and social context is forcing companies to rethink their strategies and opt for actions that can minimize the impact of their activities on the environment. In Romania, the groundwater reserves are not only exhausted but also heavily polluted in many places due to sewage discharges and other polluting emissions. Over 50% of total wastewater comes from commercial activities and industries play an important role. Therefore, all players in the economy are responsible for securing the water cycle, which has minimal impact on the environment.

For companies in the industrial sector, environmentally friendly wastewater treatment is one of the most sustainable ways to participate in the development of their communities, to contribute to the socio-economic development of present and future generations, while ensuring sustainable growth. of the company. Proper wastewater treatment supports natural processes by bringing the wastewater to a certain level of quality, which later allows for the recycling or sustainable reuse of the treated water in the production process or for wastewater. service or returned without impact on the environment.

“Globally, two million tonnes of sewage, industrial and agricultural waste are dumped in the world’s waterways. *)

Industrial wastewater can be toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive, and can have dramatic consequences for people and the environment if not handled properly. In terms of environmental impact, industrial wastewater can affect natural ecosystems with serious consequences. They can also cause serious health problems to the public, such as trouble breathing, skin disease, or worse.

The new report “Sick water? – compiled by an interagency collaboration led by UNEP and UN-HABITAT – reports that at least 1.8 million children under five die of water-related illnesses each year, or once every 20 seconds. However, few companies are aware and aware of their environmental footprint and the fact that natural resources are finite, scarce and alarmingly depleted over time.

Main challenges of wastewater treatment plants and their operation

Not only the proper treatment process and equipment of sewage treatment plants are important for ensuring environmentally friendly wastewater management, but also the professional operational management of these plants.

“The wastewater challenge is not just a threat, but a challenge where we can find opportunities for green jobs, social welfare and ecological health.” **)

Many challenges can arise in the operation of wastewater treatment plants due to the inexperience of the operator, lack of qualified personnel, energy consumption or lack of automation.

Efficient and qualified personnel are essential for the proper functioning and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants.

Like many other industries in Romania, wastewater treatment faces staff shortages and an insufficient level of automation. Nevertheless, it is essential to monitor the way wastewater is collected, treated and disposed of, as it contains various contaminants such as heavy metals, pathogens, organics and micropollutants. Poor management of wastewater treatment plants can lead to significant economic problems for industrial companies as well as for people and the environment.

Resource-protecting process diagrams for wastewater treatment plants make an important contribution to climate protection.

Wastewater treatment plants consume large amounts of energy. Modern and innovative treatment technologies can help to significantly reduce the demand for energy, reaching energy-neutral installations. As a result, operating costs are minimized, which has a positive effect on cash flow and the economic success of producing companies. WABAG is an expert in resource-efficient wastewater treatment plants by promoting sustainable water recycling concepts and closed water cycle systems as well as personalized and energy-optimized treatment processes and automation systems intelligent.

Advanced technologies and tailor-made solutions for water and wastewater from WABAG

Sustainable solutions and investments in reliable and safe wastewater treatment plants are essential for any business aiming to minimize its footprint and use natural resources wisely. Increasing the level of automation is an important way to improve efficiency and performance. WABAG Water Services offers a full range of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment to comply with regulations, minimize environmental impact and reduce costs at the same time.

The company’s experts provide comprehensive and professional support and advice to identify the most appropriate and sustainable solutions and strategies for efficient and environmentally friendly management of wastewater and effluent flows.

WABAG offers suitable treatment concepts based on the characteristics of the incoming wastewater, ensuring the effluent characteristics required for conventional or high-performance landfill facilities to ensure water recycling and reuse. Bespoke process diagrams are designed for individual customer needs, including both proven technologies as well as combinations with innovative and patented processes such as our BIOPUR® (biofiltration system), FLUOPUR® (MBBR technology) , MARAPUR® (MBR technology). The wide range of technologies enables WABAG to realize individual concepts for efficient and flexible wastewater treatment plants according to requirements.

WABAG aims to achieve the optimum combination of efficiency and profitability for our customers. Reducing operating costs for wastewater treatment offers our customers additional investment potential in production facilities.


WABAG Water Services SRL is part of the WABAG Europe group. As an internationally renowned group, WABAG is a specialist in the provision of comprehensive services. WABAG has comprehensive expertise in the design, construction and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants for municipalities and industry.

The WABAG Group and its subsidiaries are represented by companies and offices in more than 20 countries. Since 1995, WABAG has built more than 1,440 water and wastewater treatment plants around the world with a permanent workforce of around 1,500 employees. We offer unique technological know-how, innovative and patented technologies and long-standing experience.

Through the conservation and ecological use of the world’s most valuable resource, WABAG has made a sustained contribution to improving the quality of life of over one hundred million people, being one of the world’s leading partners for investments in a future worth living.

*) Quote from Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, and Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT. Source: Sick water? Report compiled by an inter-agency collaboration led by UNEP and UN-HABITAT, 2021)

**) Quote from HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Chairman of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. Source: Sick water? Report compiled by an inter-agency collaboration led by UNEP and UN-HABITAT, 2021)

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