“The final step toward 100% reusable water”, a Fresh Plaza report
Hans Blaak, from VAM WATERTECH, and Jacco van Kessel, from Van Kessel Fruit, explain the Van Kessel Fruit´s new water treatment system.
The final addition to Van Kessel Fruit's water treatment system is almost ready. This system removes the clay and sludge after the water has been drained. "You don't want to know what kind of rubbish sometimes comes out of the orchard," says Jacco van Kessel. In the Netherlands, the owner of Van Kessel Fruit decided to invest heavily in an optimal water treatment system.
He wanted to reuse his farm's water. That was four years ago. Jacco has managed to get that up to 90% so far. This last step should bring that to 100%. "Well, say 98% for sure," says Hans Blaak of VAM Watertech. This company supplied Van Kessel's systems. "Apples and pears always retain a bit of the water."
“The complete system consists of four steps. Water from the dumpers and channel flow along these," explains Hans. "Firstly, we use sedimentation to remove the clay. Here, 95% of the visible pollution is already removed from the water. A lot of water used to be lost here. It would remain in the silt. But we've been able to prevent that, using a post-draining process."
The report, published by Fresh Plaza, explains the ozone and UV treatment, that is more about just saving water, being the hygiene a first position benefit, and consierations about the investment "The investment in water treatment requires a slightly different approach than other machines. It doesn't lead directly to a turnover increase or improved margins. However, it's increasingly becoming a prerequisite for responsible water usage while maintaining or improving food safety."