TREATED WASTEWATER FOR CROP IRRIGATION CAN BE SAFE

It would seem that the outbreak of E coli and subsequent HUS deaths is going to be traced to contaminated irrigation water. That is, contamination caused by farmyard manure or slurry produced on farms or else it is from inadequately treated wastewater from municipal treatment plants. And this outbreak is happening in Germany, not in Africa.

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CONTAMINATED SPROUTS POSSIBLE CAUSE OF GERMAN E COLI DEATHS

The number of deaths caused by the E coli infection in Germany has risen to 22 with over 2000 people ill. The latest theory as to the possible cause is bean sprouts and other sprout varieties from a farm in the Uelzen area of northern Germany. Whether this proves to be so or not is academic. What is of concern is that the possible farming methods used may have allowed this particular strain of E coli to contaminate the crops.

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POSSIBLE CAUSE OF GERMAN E COLI OUTBREAK IS CONTAMINATED WATER

The outbreak in Germany of Escherichia coli or E coli is believed to be the very rare strain 0104. Latest figures claim that 1150 people have been infected which has resulted in 373 becoming very ill resulting in the death of 16 with Haemolytic uraemic Syndrome (HUS). Most E coli bacteria are normally harmless and are very common but a few strains can cause severe illness …the rare 0104 strain is one such. HUS symptoms include bloody diarrhoea, kidney failure and epileptic fits.

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POLLUTED DRINKING WATER THE CURSE OF MODERN MANKIND

Are you aware that polluted drinking water claims more lives each year than all the forms of violence, including war, according to a UN report? Do you know that one child under the age of five dies every 20 seconds from water related diseases? Think about it…by the time you have finished reading this article four children will have died!

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CRYPTOSPORIDIUM CONTAMINATION IN MUNICIPAL WATER

More than 2000 resisdents of Ostersund, Sweden became sick after drinking municipal water contaminated by Cryptosporidium. The disease-carrying protzoan Cryptosporidium gained public notoriety during the cryptosporidiosis outbreak in 1993 when thousands of Milwaukee resisdents were affected resulting in excess of 100 fatalities.

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INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROBLEMS

In our blog entitled “Causes of Water Pollution” we dealt with the various organic and inorganic causes. Today it is perhaps pertinent to discuss an innovative solution to wastewater treatment problems, and that is biomass engineering with special emphasis on bioremedial treatment of sewage, industrial waste water, oil and diesel spills and organically contaminated ground.

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WASTEWATER TREATMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa’s 850 municipal water treatment plants treat 7.6 billion litres of waste (industrial, sewage etc) per day…that amounts to more than 150 litres per person daily…almost all wasted. This country cannot afford to allow this water to be wasted, instead, it should be viewed not as waste but as a resource. As an example the Durban Water Recycing (DWR) project, purifies 40 000 m3/d of biologically treated municipal wastewater daily and sells the water to major industrial users for industrial processes.

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CAUSES OF WATER POLLUTION

Not only is water running out worldwide but it’s getting more and more polluted, dirtier and dirtier by the day. There are four main categories of the causes of water pollution: municipal, industrial, mining, and agricultural. And water pollutants are either organic or inorganic.

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OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Filcon Filters believe that we have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we operate. We are fully committed to improving environmental performance across all our business activities, and will encourage our business partners and members of the wider community to join us in this effort. We are especially concerned about the decline of water quality in South African and believe we are contributing to raising the standard by promoting and distributing filtration equipment and water treatment systems.

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