Water Journal : Water Journal December 2012
industry news regular features 28 DECEMBER 2012 water goal to operate a ‘no waste’ sewerage system. Pentair’s Water & Environmental Systems division is also involved in the burgeoning coal seam gas industry in Queensland. Pentair is involved in treating, moving, storing and reusing groundwater as well as helping mining companies achieve environmental compliance through intelligent monitoring systems. Pentair has 30,000 employees worldwide, revenues of $8 billion and provides solutions for a full range of filtration, processing and flow management applications, thermal management solutions and equipment protection. Water Recycling: A Key Ingredient in Food Production and Manufacturing? Increasing the use of water recycling in food production and manufacturing is among new research being undertaken by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. Led by CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences, the project will collaborate with industry to demonstrate higher-value water recycling opportunities that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to the agri-food industry and community. The research will examine opportunities for water recycling across the agri-food chain, with particular focus on food manufacturing, dairy and meat industries. Project director Jay Sellahewa said the project will focus on current industry challenges, including regulatory and policy pressures, and the value proposition (an analysis of all factors to determine if water recycling stacks up as the best option). It will also develop strategies to increase acceptance by consumers and enhance the sustainability positioning with customers. “The ultimate goal is to reduce the reliance of fresh water throughout the agri-food supply chain,” Mr Sellahewa said. “This could be achieved by increasing the amount of water used for irrigation of crops by treating effluents from food processing plants and by increasing the amount of water recycled within food manufacturing plants”. “Outcomes of this work will include the development of fit-for-purpose water recycling guidelines for industry, a tool to enable industry to make decisions on recycling water based on the value proposition and available technologies, and communicating positive messages in consuming foods associated with recycled water to help increase consumer confidence”. The Centre’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Mark O’Donohue said the project was a good example of the multi-disciplinary work being done by the Centre. “This project is using rigorous science-based research in partnership with some of the biggest and most credible industry organisations in Australia such as Meat and Livestock Australia, Dairy Australia and the Australian Food and Grocery Council,” Dr O’Donohue said. “As a centre focused on water security the applications of this research for food security are very exciting.” The Australian Government has committed $20 million in funding over five years to the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, through the Water for the Future initiative. For more information on the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence visit www.australianwaterrecycling.com.au. 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