How to manage stormwater on industrial sites: tips and solutions from AKNO Group

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Jan 22, 2024

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How to manage stormwater on industrial sites: tips and solutions from AKNO Group

In the context of industrial sites, stormwater management is of crucial importance, both from an environmental and regulatory point of view. The responsibility to protect the environment and to comply with regulations requires conscious practices and innovative solutions. In this article, we will explore how to manage stormwater, focusing on wastewater, lamination tanks and rainwater harvesting. In addition, we will illustrate how AKNO Group can be the ideal partner for the construction of turnkey business parks, warehouses and industrial sites, offering tailor-made solutions that meet specific customer needs.


How to manage stormwater on industrial sites

Rainwater can present a significant challenge to industrial sites, especially if not properly managed. Water management solutions, such as storage tanks and rainwater harvesting, can provide effective methods to control and reuse water at industrial sites.

In addition to rolling and recovery, the implementation of urban green systems, such as green roofs and permeable pavements, can also contribute to effective stormwater management. These solutions not only reduce surface runoff, but also improve water quality by filtering contaminants through natural processes. Regular maintenance of these systems is essential to ensure that they function properly and efficiently. The planning and implementation of these measures require a holistic approach that takes into account the specific characteristics of the industrial site, such as geography, climate and type of production.


Regulations impacting stormwater management

Stormwater management in industrial environments is subject to strict regulations that vary by location. Legislation sets parameters and limits that must be met in order for industrial facilities to operate in a water-sustainable manner. It is crucial to understand the relevant laws and regulations to avoid penalties and litigation that could inflict serious financial and reputational damage on businesses.

AKNO Group, with its AKNO Energy division and extensive industry experience, is able to offer highly professional advice and ensure compliance with national and European regulations. Our team of experts can guide clients through the complex regulatory frameworks, providing key assistance in choosing the best environmental practices and implementing innovative stormwater management solutions.


How rainwater is collected and reused

The recycling of rainwater, through its proper storage and reuse, is an increasingly popular option at industrial sites. Rainwater harvesting leads to numerous benefits, such as reduced operating costs and environmental compliance.

The rainwater harvesting tanks designed by AKNO Group allow the storage of large quantities of rainwater that can be used for non-drinking purposes, such as irrigating surrounding land, washing outdoor areas or even supplying toilets. This rainwater collection and storage system contributes to reducing water consumption and saving valuable natural resources, as well as offering long-term economic benefits.


Innovative technologies for water management

Wastewater Regulations

Wastewater regulations have become increasingly stringent over the years, with the aim of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices in industries. For example, the use of holding tanks may be required to help reduce the impact of wastewater on local drainage systems.


Industrial waste water purification technologies, the path to sustainable water management

There are several wastewater treatment techniques that can be adopted on industrial sites. One of these is the installation of on-site sewage treatment plants, which are designed to remove contaminants through chemical, physical and biological processes.

In the context of the current global water crisis and the importance of preserving water resources, the proper purification of industrial waste water has become crucial. Industries are responsible for a significant amount of water pollution, yet technological advances make it possible to effectively address this challenge. Let us see together how primary, secondary and tertiary treatment systems can be properly addressed.


Primary waste water treatment

Primary treatment of industrial wastewater is the first stage of the purification process and is generally aimed at removing coarse suspended solids and floating materials. In this phase, the wastewater passes through screens or sieves to remove large solids. Subsequently, the flow is conveyed into settlers or decanters to allow gravitational separation of the heavier solids, while floating materials are collected and removed. This step significantly reduces the solids content of the wastewater.


Secondary waste water treatment

Secondary treatment is the main stage of the purification process, in which the organic substances in the water are removed. Commonly, biological systems are used that aim to break down nitrogen and organic compounds through the action of bacteria. These systems may include oxidation lagoons, aerobic treatment plants or activated sludge reactors. In aerobic treatment, oxygen is provided to promote the growth of aerobic bacteria, while in anaerobic treatment, the absence of oxygen promotes the growth of anaerobic bacteria. Both processes are crucial in reducing the organic and nitrogen content of wastewater.


Tertiary waste water treatment

Tertiary treatment, also known as advanced treatment, is used to remove inorganic components and suspended matter remaining after primary and secondary treatment. In this stage, advanced technologies such as membrane filtration, adsorption, disinfection and reverse osmosis are used. Membrane filtration employs a series of porous membranes to remove unwanted particles, while adsorption uses materials such as activated carbon to absorb unwanted substances. Disinfection is crucial to eliminate pathogens through the application of chlorine, ozone or ultraviolet rays. Finally, reverse osmosis uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove contaminants through osmosis.

Sustainable water management requires a holistic approach to industrial wastewater treatment. Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment systems provide an effective pathway to remove waste, organics, inorganic pollutants and pathogens from wastewater, thus helping to ensure that water used in industry is treated in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. The combination of these purification technologies is an important step towards sustainable water management, preserving water quality and the health of the global water ecosystem.

Another effective method for treating industrial wastewater is the use of advanced filtration technologies, such as reverse osmosis and nanofiltration. These systems can remove a wide range of contaminants, including heavy metals and organic compounds, ensuring that the water is clean and safe for reuse or discharge.

The choice of the most suitable waste water treatment depends on a number of factors, including the type of pollutants present, the size of the industrial site, available financial resources and local regulatory requirements. It is important to note that regardless of the solution selected, an ongoing monitoring and maintenance programme is essential to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the water treatment system.

Wastewater from industrial sites can contain pollutants, but thanks to these tanks, the risk of uncontrolled material discharges into the surrounding environment is greatly reduced. These tailor-made solutions prevent flooding and contribute to environmental protection, thus falling in line with the industry trend towards sustainability.

AKNO Group also provides various filtering and treatment options, ensuring the proper purification of wastewater before it is released into the environment, in accordance with the quality standards set by current regulations.


Innovative technologies for water management

Water management technologies are constantly evolving, offering more opportunities for efficient rainwater control. Rainwater harvesting, for example, is a practice that is gaining popularity. This method not only reduces drinking water consumption, but also minimises wastewater pollution.

Over the years, many innovative solutions have been developed to manage stormwater. Among these, lamination tanks have proven to be particularly effective in reducing peak runoff. AKNO Group‘s lamination tanks incorporate advanced flow control and water retention technologies, allowing for the filtering and eventual reuse of water.


The use and implementation of lamination tanks

Lining tanks are structures designed to temporarily store stormwater during heavy rain events, helping to prevent flooding and minimise the impact on existing drainage infrastructure. These tanks, also known as detention basins or lamination reservoirs, delay the discharge of the collected water, allowing a gradual release into the drainage systems or the surrounding environment.

The implementation of a lamination basin requires careful planning and design. First, an analysis of the terrain and hydrology of the site must be conducted to determine the optimal size and location of the basin. This step is crucial to ensure that the basin can adequately handle rainwater runoff during periods of heavy rain.

Once the characteristics of the tank have been determined, the construction phase can begin. This process may include excavating the site, constructing the walls and bottom of the basin, and installing pumps and other flow control mechanisms, if necessary. After construction, the rolling basin must be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure its long-term functionality and durability.

Lining tanks are an effective solution for stormwater management at industrial sites, with benefits that go far beyond flood prevention. These structures can help improve wastewater quality by filtering out sediment and other contaminants, and can also provide opportunities for water reuse, helping to reduce dependence on drinking water supplies. In addition, with proper design, ponds can be integrated into the surrounding environment, providing green spaces and habitats for local wildlife.


AKNO Group and the effective management of reclaimed water

AKNO Group, a leading industrial real estate company, has successfully implemented a reclaimed water management strategy at its sites. This initiative is guided by the company’s philosophy of promoting sustainable and responsible practices in industrial development.

One of the main elements of AKNO Group’s water management strategy is the installation of on-site wastewater treatment plants. These systems use advanced filtration techniques to remove a wide range of contaminants, making the water safe for re-use. This not only reduces the demand for drinking water, but also helps reduce the amount of wastewater discharged into the environment.

In addition, AKNO Group has adopted the use of lamination tanks to manage stormwater. These structures temporarily store rainwater during heavy rain events, preventing flooding and minimising the impact on existing drainage infrastructure. In addition, the water collected in these tanks is treated and reused, further contributing to the company’s sustainable water cycle.

As we have seen, water management is a key element in the sustainable operation of any industrial site. Through the adoption of innovative technologies and responsible practices, AKNO Group demonstrates that it is possible to reconcile business success and environmental sustainability. Remember that each of us has a role to play in conserving water resources. Therefore, we invite you to consider adopting similar strategies in your own business contexts to ensure effective and efficient water management, creating a greener, more sustainable future for all.

Stormwater management at industrial sites is a key element in protecting the environment and complying with current regulations. AKNO Group is a reliable and competent partner, able to offer tailor-made and innovative solutions for industrial sites, warehouses and turnkey business parks. By relying on our consolidated experience, you can guarantee efficient stormwater management, reducing the impact on the environment and complying with current regulations.

If you have questions, concerns, or would like further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact AKNO Group, your trusted partner for the construction of turnkey business parks and industrial sites. Our team of experts is at your disposal to provide customised advice and solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Contact AKNO Group today for additional enquiries, information and clarification on stormwater management solutions for industrial sites. By choosing AKNO Group as your partner, you will be relying on an industry leader that will provide you with the support and solutions you need for optimal stormwater management, along with the advantage of integrated design and turnkey construction. Don’t miss the opportunity to create a sustainable, state-of-the-art industrial environment!

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