A cool glass of wastewater please
A farmer purifying cow manure to give to his cows to drink? Astronauts who make water from urine? The technology is there to make perfectly drinkable water from anything. Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat, our meat processing division, also purifies its waste and rainwater to make drinking water. Every day, we use recycled drinking quality water to clean machines and even for meat preparations. We’re the first company in Belgium to do this. Cheers!
Mains water and cost savings
Meat processing uses a lot of water every day. So if we can use recycled wastewater, this already has a large impact. With the drinking water project, Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat saves 81,000 m3 of mains water a year. That’s equivalent to the average annual water consumption of 920 families. By using less mains water, we maintain groundwater reserves and reduce our water bill. So lower costs, which mean that you can continue to enjoy competitive prices at out Colruyt, OKay and Spar chains.
Thanks to recycling, our meat processing division also releases less wastewater into the public sewerage system, allowing the nearby sewerage plant to function more efficiently.
Perfectly drinkable water
In our current water purification plant, all the wastewater from the meat processing is biologically purified, so that it reaches river water quality. Installed in 2014, our new drinking water plant filters the purified water further, to drinking quality water that’s free from organic compounds. This pure water flows straight through to the production site, where it's on tap just like mains water.
Did you know that the drinking water we produce is as pure as tap water? So good news the next time you eat our pork sausages. De Watergroep, the owner and operator of our drinking water plant, continuously monitors the quality of the water online and takes weekly samples. So our meat processors can use this water safely. You won’t notice any effect on the taste and quality of the products you buy in our shops.
From rainwater to drinking water
In 2016, Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat opened a second production site. There, it’s also possible to purify rainwater to drinkable quality. Using the PURA (PUrification of RAinwater) process, we can purify an average of 10,000 m3 of rainwater per year. That’s equivalent to the annual water consumption of 120 families. The recycled rainwater is used for the same applications in meat processing as the purified wastewater.
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.