Building a Sustainable Wastewater Management System At a Pharma Plant: A Win-Win for Business and the Environment

    About the Case Study

    The release of untreated pharmaceutical wastewater, containing contaminants, into water sources and river channels has adverse effects on both the environment and human health over the short term as well as in the long term. For businesses in the sector, therefore, it becomes a high priority to find dependable wastewater management systems – that can thoroughly filter out effluents.

    During the same process, the business can also reap the dual benefit of recovering a precious resource – water – thereby reducing the environmental impact even further.

    Permionics worked with a reputed pharmaceutical and herbal extracts business with these objectives and delivered a cost-effective membrane system, designed particularly to fit their needs. This case study highlights the significant results achieved in terms of, wastewater management, water recovery, regulatory compliance, cost-savings as well as a positive step in sustainable business practice.

    The positive outcomes achieved through these advanced treatment methods pave the way for more sustainable and eco-friendly business practices, in the pharmaceutical industry.

    What does this case study cover?
    • Key objectives of the pharma and herbal extracts business – designing and implementing a wastewater management system and water recovery process.
    • Adoption of innovative practices to improve Improving cost economics, by reduction of costs in existing processes and adopting better, cost-effective processes in the long term
    • Methods of improving cost-economics by recovering maximum water from the wastewater stream, thereby reducing the dependence on new, fresh water sources for industrial use
    Technologies implemented:
    • Ultrafiltration (UF)
    • Reverse Osmosis (RO)


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