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A wastewater treatment plant collects sewage from residents, businesses, and rain water. The plant treats the sewage and releases the treated water back into the natural environment.
AQUIRIS, a branch of the international group VEOLIA, was founded following a call for tender issued by the Brussels-Capital Region for the design, construction and operation of a wastewater treatment plant in Brussels-North for a period of twenty years. This plant treats the wastewater produced by 1.4 million inhabitants. Operations started in March 2007.
Wastewater generally has two origins:
Depending on the type of sewage network, rain water may also mix with these two types of water. The wastewater thus carries an amount of pollutants, which can be harmful to the flora and fauna. This is why it has to be treated before being returned to the environment.
The wastewater undergoes two different types of treatment processes:
The sludge generated by the wastewater de-pollution process is put through a special treatment that enables the final residue to be recycled or sent to landfill.
Wastewater is collected through a sewage network. It is then channeled through large collectors to the wastewater treatment plant where it is depolluted before being discharged into nature (generally a river).
Avenue de Vilvorde, 450
Tel. : +32 (0)2 243 96 60
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