Aquabio Wins Major Water Reuse Project in South America


Aquabio has secured a major water reuse project with a large maltings facility in South America. The new wastewater treatment and water reuse plant will enable up to 75% recycled water being returned to their production process, whilst ensuring very stringent local discharge consents are met. The solution was critical to meet increasing production demands whilst balancing the management of local water supply and discharge challenges.

Aquabio have worked in partnership with their South American Licensee Partner, Aguas y Procesos (A&P). A&P will take responsibility for the local construction of the facility supported by Aquabio at design, procurement, process and commissioning stages. The new treatment facility will be able to receive and treat wastewater from mid-2022.

The treatment solution has been designed with consideration given to initial capital expenditure and ongoing operation costs, in addition to providing a process that is robust and reliable, and with a view to the remote operability and maintainability of the equipment in this part of the world.

Remote access through Aquabio’s proprietary software platform is critical to these types of contracts, enabling smooth commissioning, operation, process configuration and optimisation. Aquabio has a significant number of MBR references within the maltings industry, and this prompted the end client to visit existing Aquabio operations in the UK, giving them confidence in their procurement decision.

One of the challenges of the project was to meet very stringent phosphorous consents on the final water discharge, predominately the concentrated reject from the water recycling process. Aquabio were able to provide an enhanced biological phosphorous removal system (EBPR) which works in conjunction with the main MBR biological process ensuring parameters are controlled and achieved.

The relationship Aquabio has with A&P and the understanding of each other’s skill sets and responsibilities has grown into a formidable partnership, allowing treatment solutions to be undertaken in numerous industrial sectors across South America.