GLRPPR Sector Resource: Dairy Processing Methods to Reduce Water Use and Liquid Waste Load
Dairy Processing Methods to Reduce Water Use and Liquid Waste Load
As costs for water and treatment of liquid wastes have continued to increase, dairy processors and producers must be effective managers. They must balance the diverse issues of paying for these higher costs, being environmentally responsible, and conducting a viable business. Doing "the right thing" may mean carefully evaluating options that will satisfy environmental concerns and at the same time keep a plant operating. While a plant closing can have a devastating effect on the community, poor waste management of a facility also can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life in the area, be a burden to the waste water treatment system, and threaten the local environment.
In order to successfully save money and reduce impact on the environment, two major components must be
addressed in dairy waste management: 1) control the amount of water used, and 2) reduce the waste load in the wastewater stream.
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