Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. is installing a new wastewater treatment system – System HydroKleen from Altech Technology Systems Inc. – at its Oshawa, Ontario plant.
System HydroKleen is Toronto-based Altech’s membrane bioreactor. It’s designed to treat 40,000 gallons of wastewater daily from the weekly fresh-cut processing of 100,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, according to a news release.
The membrane bioreactor will treat regulated sewer discharge contaminants to below sewer bylaw limits for the Region of Durham, eliminating sewer surcharge penalties.
The new Canadian plant was announced by Del Monte Fresh Produce in August 2013, when it was still in development.
Altech’s proprietary technology aims to reduce water consumption and save money, according to the company. System HydroKleen eyes users interested in demonstrating sustainable practices while keeping food processing operations cost effective.
Altech Technology Systems installation sites include Algoma Orchards, Bowmanville, Ontario. System HydroKleen was installed there to treat wastewater effluent from juice and apple processing. It upgrades treated water to potable standards for reuse in process equipment sanitation. It’s in compliance with Canadian Food Agency Inspection standards.