Waste Water New Sensors for Britannia Food Ingredients' Waste Water Monitoring

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Food manufacturers have to be especially careful when handling their water water streams,as they often contain fats and semi solids. Analytical technology and sensors can help to ensure safe wastewater disposal: Only recently, Britannia Food Ingredients has selected electrochemical sensor manufacturer Analytical Technology to provide analytical and monitoring technology for their waste water streams.

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Turbidity measurement equipment
Turbidity measurement equipment
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Manchester/United Kingdom – Located in Goole, England, Britannia Foods Ingredients formed in 1966 produces a range of speciality fats for the chocolate, confectionery, biscuit and snack food industries. Like all manufacturing companies, Britannia Foods must comply with strict regulations to ensure that trade effluent entering the public sewerage system is pre monitored to ensure it does not contain any harmful chemical levels.

Britannia Foods Ingredients trade effluent is handled by Yorkshire Water, who issue trade effluent consents relating to factors including the rate and maximum volume of the discharge, the temperature of the discharge and where the discharge may be made.


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The conditions of a trade effluent consent are set for a number of reasons including preventing the corrosion of sewer fabric, overloading of sewers and possible flooding of properties, blockage of sewers and hazardous situations involving employees conducting maintenance within the sewerage system.

In order to comply with its trade effluent consent and ensure protection of human health, Britannia Food Ingredients selected Analytical Technology’s Q45P AutoClean pH monitors and D15-76 monitor with an Air Blast AutoClean system to indicate water quality and the presence of suspended solids in its waste water stream. The D15-76 monitor has enabled Britannia Food Ingredients to realise turbidity measurements down to 0.001 Nephlometric turbidity units (NTU) and as high as 4000 NTU, eliminating the need for separate high and low ranges.