wastewater testing in industrial areaThe answer to the question posted in the title is a resounding yes as demonstrated in the case study featured in this post.

Typically, industrial production and consumption can often result in large quantities of waste and toxic chemicals. Many Northern European countries have adopted sustainable waste management systems in order to preserve the environment for future generations and utilize its limited resources for multiple purposes.

 

Wastewater Treatment Solutions in Finland

In Finland, as many industrial processes are water intensive, the local experts have  developed functional solutions in wastewater treatment by involving different service providers, encouraging recycling, and adding automation for improved energy efficiency. They have further honed their expertise in their challenging Arctic environment where temperatures can range from – 30 to + 30 °C. Read more details at the Finnish Water Forum.

The Finnish Act on Water Resources Management (1299/2004) incorporates the EU Water Framework Directive, outlining water management arrangements and ordering regional forestry centers to design a water management plan that involves their stakeholders.

In addition, the plan establishes environmental targets and required measurements for groundwater analysis (264/1961) especially in the forestry industry. The law also prohibits the pollution of groundwater and forbids any hazardous substances from leaching from soil into groundwater (link to report by the Finnish Forest Certification Council).

 

Finnish Plant Installs a Non-Toxic Analytical Solution

On the northern shore of the Gulf of Bothnia in the city of Kemi, Finland there is a paper and packaging plant called Stora Enso. Raw materials are sourced from local forests and renewable processes are used at every step of production from pulp production to material production to recycling, providing solutions in packaging, biomaterials, and wood and paper.

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The laboratory within the plant functions in a contract service capacity for the analysis of water and wastewater samples from the surrounding area. Testing standards are extremely strict since the water is used for multiple purposes in the community. To ensure the safety of the local population of 184,000 people, drinking water is tested for taste and smell by the laboratory once per week.

Previously, analysis of water samples required the handling volatile compounds. The laboratory manager was asked to reduce the toxic load to which her employees were exposed and with a modification of methods to discrete analysis (Thermo Scientific Gallery discrete analyzer), they were able to reduce their chemical exposure. Tests are done for silica, iron, and aluminum in addition to chlorine, chloride, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, nitrite, and total nitrate.

Read more in the Case Study: Quick and Toxic-free Analysis in a Paper and Packaging Mill (link to the case study).

 

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Are toxic compounds complicating your water and wastewater analysis and is automated photometric determination of interest to your laboratory? If so, we would like to hear about your experience.