Ultrafiltration at WPC De Gavers in Harelbeke

To secure the supply of water for industry, the capacity of the drinking water production centre was increased.

Various companies from the industrial area situated along the E17 motorway were looking for an alternative to pumped-out groundwater from the Sokkel that could be used as process water.

 

Initially the aim was to use water from the waste water treatment plant in Waregem, and offer this to industry. The problem was that the transport costs would be much too high, since a new pipeline network would have to be constructed to bring the water to the businesses. As a result, the initial plans had to be scrapped. It was then decided to increase the capacity of the WPC de Gavers in Harelbeke, operated by the Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Watervoorziening (De Watergroep). This water was only cleaned via a sand filter and activated carbon filter. To improve the quality of the water and adapt it to the quality demands of drinking water, the water passes through ultrafiltration, in which four skids ensure production of 440 m³ of filtered water an hour. The permeate from the ultrafiltration then passes again through the activated carbon filter, before it can be integrated as “process water” for the companies in question.

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Various companies from the industrial area situated along the E17 motorway were looking for an alternative to pumped-out groundwater from the Sokkel that could be used as process water.

Initially the aim was to use water from the waste water treatment plant in Waregem, and offer this to industry. The problem was that the transport costs would be much too high, since a new pipe network would have to be constructed to bring the water to the businesses. This line was therefore not followed. It was then decided to increase the capacity of the WPC de Gavers in Harelbeke, operated by the Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Watervoorziening (De Watergroep). This water was only cleaned via a sand filter and activated carbon filter. To improve the quality of the water and adapt it to the quality demands of drinking water, the water passes through ultrafiltration, in which four skids ensure production of 440 m³ of filtered water an hour. The permeate from the ultrafiltration then passes again through the activated carbon filter, before it can be integrated as “process water” for the companies in question.

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