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Addressing Wastewater Challenges at IFAT 2020

28 February 2020

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We live in a world with continual growing demand on the single most precious resource in the world, water. UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 identifies we must do all we can to ensure sustainable management of sanitation and water availability for all.

By 2030 the global target is to improve water quality by reducing pollution, halving the amount of untreated wastewater and substantially increase recycling and reuse[1]. UN Development Goals are crucial calls for action, and the wastewater industry is already striving to meet these targets to shape the future of water availability, but they cannot do it alone.

Our Wastewater Sector Manager, Kevin Mooney, outlines the challenges facing the wastewater industry and what we can do to solve them.  

Challenges facing the wastewater industry

By 2025, the World Health Organisation has reported half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas[2]. With every positive step we take to produce clean drinking water, we discover new risks and challenges as we continually drain our natural water resources throughout the world. We must question whether it is sustainable to continue treating millions of gallons of water sourced from the natural environment for drinking water. Most of which is discharged again to the natural environment. Instead, we should be closing the loop by treating wastewater to produce clean drinking water which would preserve our natural water environment.

Pollutants are the cause of major water quality degradation around the world. Legislation can end additional contamination risk to our water, but it does not address the environmental legacy left in our waterways after decades of industrial pollution. The technology exists to remove contaminants such as dissolved heavy metals, microplastics, hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, and manmade chemicals. The wastewater industry is seeing an ongoing increase in the volume of solids its sewage treatment works receive. We can address these risks by using solutions that can effectively process sludges and in the future, we will continue to effectively solve the next problems.

Another major challenge is managing the perception of risk in investment. Wastewater is one of the most innovative industries full of new developments to meet current demands for water and limit future challenges. Often, we see companies choosing to move away from investing in the best solution and instead opt for the lower-cost one. This trade-off leads to possible compromised or reduced output which results in a continuing risk to our most vital resource. This must change. Experts in the industry must be encouraged to think about their investment not just in financial terms but in terms of improved output and environmental gain over decades.

Wastewater solutions engineered for you

At CDEnviro we do things differently, not just in terms of the solutions we engineer but how we see the impacts of what we do. We don’t conform to what others in the industry are doing; instead, we look ahead to ensure we meet customers’ needs by providing bespoke solutions that help future proof our customers’ businesses.

We do this by listening to the problems facing the industry. We design and engineer new technology to create solutions that achieve results, promote our vision of turning the world green and help customers strive towards a circular economy. As a business, we believe we must make a positive impact on our world and we do this whilst refusing to compromise our ethics or quality.

CDEnviro will be launching its newest solution, MSU:10G at IFAT 2020 in May. The small but mighty MSU:10G is a compact multi-purpose solution for solid liquid separation. It can be used in various applications including tank cleanout operations, gully waste and interceptor cleanouts, mobile decanter protection, backup and emergency screening, drilling muds dewatering.

Existing customers expressed a need for a multi-purpose liquid screening system that can deliver the same results as our D:MAX but in a smaller footprint to tackle jobs with limited site space. So, we listened to their problems, brainstormed and delivered a solution. It has design specifications for feed rate, feed solids, feed pH and temperature. It produces screened solids above 6mm, capture high-density solids below 6mm and screened liquid. It offers a huge reduction of up to 90% of disposal costs.

We understand that for our customers removing rag at every stage of the downstream process creates huge cost savings. The grit cyclone technology ensures the removal of grit, sand, and plastics at the pre-treatment stage to allow tank capacity further down the line for biomass power generation. This reclaims resources for further processing and re-use including pipe bedding and landscaping. Due to faster screening and higher sludge solids, it will reduce the number of hours per day tankers emit particulates and CO2.

Our team of wastewater experts will be at IFAT from 4th-8th May on stand A1.308 to showcase our wide range of recycling wastewater solutions.  We hope to see you there to discuss how we can work together to reduce the impact of water related stressors across the world.

For more information about IFAT and to book a meeting with a member of the team please visit


[1] last accessed 20/02/2020

[2] last accessed 20/02/2020

IFAT Waste water MSU:10G