fpatalbotindustrialunitq.jpgIndustries in Africa constantly investigate ways to manage their industrial water and wastewater more effectively. This not only refers to the correct and safe disposal of the wastewater but also to how they can reduce their dependency on a sometimes-insecure water and energy supply. The greater the insecurity of supply of these two essential resources, the greater the costs. Besides, water is not a never-ending resource and more regard should be paid to its usage.
Encouragingly, wastewater management is higher up the list of industries’ objectives now more than ever. Talbot & Talbot encourages industries to investigate the options and benefits available to them to better manage their wastewater discharges.
Discharging effluent to municipal facilities, for many industries, is often not an option. Even if they exist, these are often in a state of disrepair due to maintenance neglect and overloading.
In this instance industries are required to revert to on-site wastewater treatment, and it is highly recommended that the industries approach a waste management programme in an integrated manner. In order for the exercise to be meaningful and sustainable it requires a stepped, holistic approach that should begin with a wastewater management plan (WWMP).
A WWMP is a comprehensive undertaking that considers all site-specific conditions and reduces the risk of effluent plant failure in the long run by establishing water management measures from factory floor to end-of-pipe treatment and beyond.
Talbot & Talbot’s focus is on how best to derive benefit from industrial wastewater streams. We believe water and wastewater to be two sides of the same coin.
Major industries are driven by stringent targets to reduce production costs, reduce impacts left by their production processes, and deal with authorities less tolerant of non-conformers. Moreover, many industries in Africa belong to progressive, environmentally-aware companies that uphold internal wastewater discharge standards which are often more stringent than those imposed by local regulations.
In instances where industries have access to piped water supplies and a sewage treatment works for effluent discharge, the economics of on-site treatment and re-use can be financially beneficial.
Disregarding the financial aspect, however, the downstream benefits include reduced pollutant load being discharged to the environment, recovery of wastewater to reduce dependency on a possibly uncertain supply, and the harvesting of a valuable biogas as a green energy source. Biogas production is particularly relevant to the food and beverage industry or other organic-rich effluent-producing facilities
Talbot & Talbot’s core business activity is in the management of industrial wastewater. Our multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers provides industries with turnkey solutions for wastewater management and energy recovery.
Our approach to projects is comprehensive – the company comprises four business divisions:

  • Talbot Laboratories.
  • Talbot Engineering.
  • Talbot Green Energy.
  • Talbot Operations.

All are vertically integrated and share a common goal. This goal is to manage industrial wastewater to drive down production costs and reduce our clients’ environmental footprints. The aspects that distinguish us are our fundamental understanding of numerous industry sectors, our ability to provide turnkey solutions from wastewater management planning through to treatment plant design and construction (maintaining project responsibility throughout), our fundamental impartiality to any specific technology and our understanding of a broad range of technologies.
We endeavour to build long term relationships with our clients, while our values speak of professionalism, excellence and quality in all that we do.
Talbot Operations provides industries with a fully outsourced plant operation service for treatment plants that have been built by Talbot Engineering or others. Service packages can be tailor-made to meet clients’ specific needs. Among the many tasks Talbot Operations achieves, it nurtures the relationship between factory floor and treatment plant operators that is paramount for the sustainability of the treatment plant, particularly in the case of biological processes.
The division comprises a process hub with process specialists and data managers who proactively anticipate the health of the plants and advise operators of the required action accordingly.
Talbot Laboratories, which has achieved ISO17025 accreditation, provides rapid and reliable results to both Talbot Engineering and Talbot Operations, and operates on a commercial basis.
Talbot Engineering relies on these results to correctly characterise effluents to design treatment plants accordingly.
Water and energy are among the major contributors to production costs; therefore becoming more self-sufficient in terms of wastewater recovery, and energy production has both environmental and financial benefits.
Talbot & Talbot: Tel +27-33-3461444;
rosemary@talbot.co.za ; website: www.talbot.co.za