One of the most crucial resources for humans, agriculture and industry is freshwater. If we look at it from India’s perspective, freshwater availability is under grave strain, while the demand for freshwater is rapidly increasing with the current rate of growth in population and industrialization. Factors such as over extraction of groundwater, water contamination due to raw wastewater and sewage being constantly dumped into the ground, rivers, and other water bodies, as well as climate change related impacts, are the main reasons behind the ongoing water crisis. While India positions itself to become one of the strongest economies in the world by the end of this decade, the development of the country will certainly require new approaches, products and services in wastewater management. Effective and economical wastewater treatment and recycling is what the current situation demands, so that we can efficiently utilize the water that we have today in a manner that is sustainable in the long term.
Understanding today’s water crisis with the core objective to sustain and safeguard crucial natural resources for the future is imperative. With this goal, A.T.E. HUBER Envirotech (AHET) – a joint venture between the A.T.E. Group and HUBER SE – has developed a suite of comprehensive, innovative and cost-effective wastewater treatment and recycling solutions, including zero liquid discharge. A.T.E. is a multifaceted engineering group that has served the needs of industrial customers in India for more than 80 years, and HUBER is a world leader in sustainable wastewater treatment, recycling, and sludge management solutions. With a process-
driven approach, and with an in-house team of highly experienced engineers and professionals, AHET has built strong capabilities in industrial as well as municipal wastewater management in collaboration with HUBER, and became one of the leading wastewater treatment solution providers. AHET has executed numerous successful wastewater treatment projects across various industries including textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and petrochemicals, food and dairy, sugar and distilleries, in India and overseas.
Delivering the Best-in-Standard Wastewater Management Solutions
“We provide a range of well-established ETP solutions and can deliver a complete package including ETP, RO and MEE to meet zero liquid discharge requirements. Our AAA technology is a highly successful innovation that treats textile wastewater. AVR based anaerobic bio-methanation plants have been proven to effectively degrade fat in the dairy industry. AHR handles difficult-to-treat effluents from pharma and petrochemicals, whereas SUFRO, which consists of ultra-high flow submerged UF membranes followed by a reverse osmosis membrane system, provides simple and hassle-free recycling of wastewater. In addition we have HUBER’s solutions for sludge management,” says Bhushan Zarapkar, Director, A.T.E HUBER Envirotech while talking about the range of robust solutions to overcome current freshwater crisis.
Our portfolio of wastewater management technologies is designed to help customers comply with environmental norms completely, while reducing life cycle costs
One of the sludge solutions the company offers is the solar sludge dryer. This revolutionary product reduces sludge disposal cost significantly through a simple, sustainable, and eco-friendly process, which ensures the best mixing and aeration of sludge, minimizes odour and dust formation, optimizes evaporation efficiency with low energy consumption, and to top it off, reduces operating costs, thereby boosting profitability.
“Our portfolio of wastewater management technologies is designed to help customers comply with environmental norms completely, while reducing life cycle costs. In fact, these technologies are ecofriendly and go beyond the statutory environmental norms offering lower chemical usage, lower power usage and lower sludge generation,” said Mr Zarapkar.
When asked about the company’s future plans, he explained, “We will continue to focus on these segments for newer opportunities and diligently pursue our growth plans on a sustainable basis”.