Global water technology company Grundfos has announced plans to treat and reuse its own wastewater at a production site in Indjija, Serbia.
The Serbian facility is working towards a closed-loop environment, in which the company’s Biobooster system is a key element. The Biobooster will treat all domestic wastewater, which accounts for around 60-70% of the factory’s wastewater.
Additional wastewater treatment technologies, as well as rainwater harvesting, will help the company realise a closed-loop environment in which the Serbian facility operates with minimal water footprint.
“It is very important for us to have a company like Grundfos that takes care of the environment and which is at the very top in the development of modern technologies,” said Vladimir Gak, Mayor of Indjija Municipality. “This shows that Indjija is a place where every company has absolutely all opportunities for advancement and, for our part, we will continue to provide maximum support to such projects.”
Globally, Grundfos aims to halve its own water consumption by 2025 and save 50 billion cubic metres of fresh water by 2030.
“We have made a big investment here in Indjija because it is the right thing to do,” added Veljko Todorović, plant director at Grundfos Serbia. “As a company, we have an obligation to be first movers and clean our own water – to keep order in our own house so to speak. I am confident this can be a major inspiration within our company and to other companies as well.”
The facility in Indjija produces over four million pump units annually, and is the company’s third largest production factory globally.
“This is a major milestone, and I want to thank everyone who have helped make this possible,” concluded Stéphane Simonetta, group executive vice-president and COO at Grundfos. “We are the first to implement this technology in the area, we want to inspire and help take care of the environment in the whole region. We hope to continue our great working relationship with the local authorities in this respect.”
Grundfos is celebrating 10 years since the start of operations in Serbia, during which time the company has created 750 local jobs.
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