Jul 31, 2012 in Blog Articles

Seven billion and counting. That’s what the world population reached in October 2011. And it’s rising at the rate of 80 million every year which means the 8 billion level should be reached in 2024. In theory it could reach that level by 2019 if there were not 42 million annual abortions.More and more people are competing for a limited supply of water. Already there are problems over water between India and Pakistan…the former is building a 330MW hydroelectric dam on the Kishanganga river in the Gurez valley before it flows into the latter where its waters are needed for agiculture. In north eastern Africa there is growing concern between ten countries through which the Nile river flows with treaties signed over a century ago now being disputed. Talk of water wars is not far fetched.So what can be done? One of the most practical ways is for humans to consume less water. How? According to UN-Water to “produce one kilogram of beef it consumes 15 000 liters of water whereas one kilogram of wheat consumes just 1 500 liters.” But as the middle class in both China and India grows, so does the appetite for meat. So rule out this suggestion.The viable solution is for each “dry” nation to formulate a “wastewater reuse” policy. Australia, for one, set a target in 2007 to recycle wastewater by 18.7-20.3% to be reached in 2015. Now they are looking at reusing stormwater. Singapore treats 30 percent of its water demand with a combination of conventional wastewater treatment, screen filtration, membrane microfiltration and reverse osmosis, UV and hydrogen peroxide disinfection. Israel is a world leader in wastewater reuse recycling 75 percent of its wastewater.Filcon Filters is a leading distributor of conventional filtration equipment such as bag and cartridge filters which are imported from international manufacturers. And now Filcon is manufacturing in line basket strainers, centrifugal separators, purge strainers, automatic back flushing filters and made to order bag housings. Filcon Filters is at the forefront of wastewater reuse or reclamation…the 21st century growth industry.