New Ekro wastewater treatment plant running at full capacity
Ekro intends to apply sustainable water management and to continue meeting the requirements of the Water Board district Vallei and Veluwe.
Last summer, our daughter company Ekro put a new wastewater treatment plant into operation. Following a testing period, the plant is currently running at full capacity and will soon be finished completely. Ekro intends to apply sustainable water management and to continue meeting the requirements of the Water Board district Vallei and Veluwe. In this way, the company hopes to reduce its environmental impact. The new wastewater treatment plant will lead to significantly lower pollution levels. In the Netherlands, pollution levels are measured in units of pollution (VE). The new wastewater treatment plant will lower the VE of wastewater by more than 30%. For Ekro, this was the right time to simultaneously tighten safety levels on site and take measures to reduce odour emissions.
Vincent Geven, Director Operations at Ekro, explains this approach: “Due to stricter environmental and licensing requirements, we have to ensure cleaner ways to dispose of our wastewater. In addition, we made plans right away to collect - under controlled conditions - unborn manure, a residual product from the intestines, which is released during the slaughter process. This product is transported to a processor just like the sludge from the wastewater. Collecting unborn manure under controlled conditions reduces odour emissions, which means that we take our responsibility as 'good neighbours' to our community.” The new technique enables Ekro to extract more dry matter from wastewater, too. This makes the wastewater cleaner and the dry-matter content of sludge and unborn manure is higher. As a consequence, fewer transport movements to the processor are required.
The construction of the wastewater treatment plant will offer even more advantages to Ekro, says Geven, adding that "This wastewater treatment plant complies with the latest safety standards, so we are taking a large step forward in terms of health and safety, and the well-being of our employees. Since certain parts of the site had to be dug up during construction anyway, we were able to increase site safety as a whole by installing walkways and clearer routing directions. In this way, we increased the safety of the site for our colleagues and truck drivers. This new wastewater treatment plant sets us up for the next 20 years at least.”