Published Monday, 13 January 2014
Aquest, Colsen and Unica have realised a process water treatment for a citrus packhouse near Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape. This installation consists of a biological pre-treatment (trickling filter), sand filtration, UV disinfection and a reverse osmosis installation. The realisation of this installation is part of a research project partly funded by the Dutch Parners for Water program. The installation provides a water consumption reduction of 50% to the packhouse. In addition, the aim of the installation is to remove spores of the green mold (Penicillium digitatum) from the process water, being one of the major threats to the fruits. The commissioning of the installation took place in June 2013. The performance of the installation is monitored online by Aquest and process technologists from Colsen in the Netherlands. The research phase will include extensive validation tests of the performance of the installation. Research results will be published in the SA Fruit journal in 2014.
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