Due to the diversity of products in the beverage industry, there is also a great variation in waste water composition (flow and load) from this type of industry. This requires special attention and tailor made solutions for the design of a waste water plant for this industry.
In general, after a pre-treatment step, the high concentration waste water stream (> 1500 ppm COD) is an ideal substrate for anaerobic treatment sometimes followed by aerobic treatment, depending on the local discharge requirements.
Fruit juice and soft drinks production facilities all around the world have anaerobic waste water treatment plants, like the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (HydroThane STP ® UASB) process and the External Circulation Sludge Bed (HydroThane STP® ECSB) process from HydroThane.
HydroThane plants for beverage industry are constructed in such a way (odour-free) that their plants can be located close to urban areas and have a limited foot print.