In Tilburg today the first shove of soil was turned for the first wide-scale collective water treatment of companies in the Netherlands. From left to right: Antoon Wallays (Agristo), Rein de Jong (Coca-Cola), Peter Struik (Fujifilm), Hans Boot (Cofely), Jack Turner (IFF) en Peter Glas (Waterschap De Dommel).
Coca-Cola, FUJIFILM, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF Nederland), Agristo, Cofely and Water Board De Dommel today gave the starting signal with Cofely for the construction of a common waste water treatment plant (AWZI) on the premises of FUJIFILM in Tilburg. This project, in which four regional companies combine their waste water flows, will result into the first wide-scale collective waste water treatment of companies in the Netherlands. This afternoon the first shovel of soil was turned for the construction of the AWZI. With this important milestone the four companies live up to their ambitions to minimise the impact of their activities to the environment. The waste water treatment plant will process about 10,000,000 litre per day or more than 3,500,000,000 litre waste water per year. Cofely is responsible for the construction of the AWZI. Social and technological innovations converge as a result of a close collaboration between the four companies, the water board and Cofely.
“Even more than in the past Water Board De Dommel anticipates on new initiatives and chances. This means that we look beyond our own activities and investigate if it is possible to join forces. Therefore, the water board has participated in this project from the start as a stakeholder as well as an advisor,” states Peter Glas, Chair of Water Board De Dommel. “The AWZI will offer a better quality and quantity of water. This enables us to minimise the impact on our sewage treatment and create more room for future developments. Through the implementation of technology that is deployed for specific waste flows of the four companies it is a more sustainable and more cost-effective process. I am proud that we are able to contribute to this innovative and sustainable project.”
Low energy consumption
Collective waste water treatment has a lot of benefits. The new plant has a low energy consumption and Cofely implements the latest technology in the field of water treatment. After treatment, the waste water will be discharged as clean water in the Wilhelminakanaal. This enables the reuse of this water by the four companies or another sustainable deployment in the Tilburg region. Moreover, it is possible to to upgrade the sludge that is released after waste water treatment into biogas. Furthermore, for the Tilburg region extra capacity will be created for sewage treatment by Water Board De Dommel. Currently the treatment system is being adapted to an energy plant that derives energy from the residues of waste water, which makes extensions less necessary. The four companies are able to lower the costs of waste water treatment and can treat their waste water in a more efficient and effective way. The waste water treatment plant will be operational in 2016.