Experimental Pilot System for Obtaining Drinkable Water from Treated Water Coming from Cleaning Operation in a Raw Milk Collecting Company

By Jose Manuel Elizundia Álvarez, María del Rosario Moncayo Luján, Raúl Antonio Alvarado Arroyo, Erasmo Navarro Hernández and Daniel Chacón González.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability

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The activities of collection, reception, and processing of fluid milk in Transportadora de Alimentos, SA. de CV use large amounts of drinking water in the cleaning process, which creates competition for water between 730 people/day. Through the design and installation of facilities and equipment for the wastewater treatment and reverse osmosis purification to generate drinkable water, approximately 55% of the processed water is recovered and reused again in the cleaning activities, and consequently not extracting from the aquifer 60,225 m3 of water per year. This represents the consumption of 165 households per year in the Mexican region known as Comarca Lagunera. Helping to maintain the aquifer levels ensures the sustainability of the process operations of the company as it depends on it. The savings in water represents $194,400 per year, assisting in its economic sustainability. As this aquifer is shared with the city inhabitants and surrounding desert, the reduction in the extraction rate has a direct beneficial impact on the social and environmental sustainability in this region where the water is scarce and the aquifer is under severe stress.

Keywords: Sustainability, Water Purification

The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 10, Issue 3-4, pp.13-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 1, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 647.344KB)).

Jose Manuel Elizundia Álvarez

General & Plant Manager, Plant Direction, Transportadora de Alimentos, S.A. de C.V., Grupo LALA, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico

Dr. María del Rosario Moncayo Luján

Full Time Researcher Professor, Biotechnology Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Gómez Palacio,, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico

Raúl Antonio Alvarado Arroyo

Director of Academic Program, Biotechnology Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Gómez Palacio, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico

Erasmo Navarro Hernández

Chief of Maintenance, Transportadora de Alimentos, S.A. de C.V., Grupo LALA, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico

Daniel Chacón González

Maintenance Supervisor, Transportadora de Alimentos, S.A. de C.V., Grupo LALA,, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico