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Olimpias' new unit to recover 100% of textile dyeing water
Oct '15
Olimpias, a company controlled by the Italy based Benetton family, has opened the first European water treatment plant capable to recover up to 100 per cent of the processed water from textile dyeing plant.
“Before renewing the water treatment plant, the textile factory in Osijek, Croatia, used 1,600 cubic metres per day of water where only 10.5 per cent was coming from recovery treatments. Today, thanks to the innovations introduced, the percentage of the recovered water has increased to about 70 per cent, or 1,000 cubic metres per day,” the company said in a media statement.
This has resulted in considerable reduction (less than 600 cubic metres per day) in the amount of water taken from the well, which lowers industrial cost while giving environmental benefits. Normally, 1,000 cubic metres of water is equivalent to daily use of a population of 7,000 individuals.
Olimpias new treatment plant is able to recover gradually, up to 100 per cent of the water used—the most tangible result of the Water Saving Process for Textile (Wasatex) project financed by the European Union as part of the Eco-Innovation programme, with the involvement of companies specialised in engineering systems and water treatment processes, Aspel and Europrogetti from Padua.
“In our vision there cannot be sustainability without innovation. By revolutionising the treatment of the processed water we can significantly reduce water and energy consumption resulting in an important positive impact on the environment, costs savings and improved finished product thanks to the higher quality of the reused water,” stated Olimpias Group CEO Gianni Zanella.
“The project is part of a broader strategy that the company started years ago to support its eco-friendly supply chain. It began with the elimination from our processes of all chemicals harmful for the environment and health,” Zanella added.
The earlier water treatment plant could effectively remove only the organic substances but could not treat the inorganic components such as hardness, alkalinity, silica, chlorides, sulphates and heavy metals, making it impossible to use the outlet water in production. In comparison, the new purifying unit includes a number of advanced technologies such as a membrane bioreactor, resin bleaching filters and softeners filters in addition to a reverse osmosis system capable of producing water that is technically perfect and stable, with very low values of hardness and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS).

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