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Under the strong pressure from environmental regulations of China, many industrial wastewater treatment plants and industrial end users are increasingly facing difficulties to meet the required effluent standards with their current technologies and funding.
According to the environmental statistic data of China in 2016, industrial wastewater accounts for 27 per cent of the total wastewater discharge in China in 2015. Among the 27 per cent, more than half of the wastewater came from the top 5 industries contributing to the discharge, which are paper, chemical, textile, coal and agricultural food industries.
With ever-increasing discharge standard to meet, industrial parks with mixed wastewater from various industries have even harder challenges to monitor and ensure wastewater standards are met before reaching a centralised wastewater treatment plant.
Singapore, on the other hand, faces a different set of challenges when it comes to industrial wastewater treatment. Being a small city-state surrounded by the sea, Singapore has limited water resources.
To ensure sustainability in the long run, achieving energy efficiency in wastewater treatment is also a priority. In 2018, Singapore’s Public Utilities Board published 2 RFPs for wastewater treatment technologies to deliver the target of achieving 5 per cent water saving and improving the energy efficiency of MBR wastewater treatment.
Industries such as electronics, petrochemicals/chemicals, and pharmaceutical were highlighted due to their high water consumption with low recycling rate (14-45 per cent, 15/9 per cent, <5 per cent respectively).
To address the problems of both China & Singapore, Umore is looking forward to cooperate with PUB in bringing together global industrial wastewater treatment companies in China, Europe, US and Singapore to promote technologies exchange in Singapore, PUB’s Water Exchange.
Aw Boon Jun