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Grundfos Serbia to treat and reuse its own wastewater

09 Oct 2019 by Grundfos

Grundfos, a global water technology company committed to pioneering solutions to the world’s water and climate challenges and improving the quality of life for people, is opening a highly rare and technically sophisticated water treatment plant at one of the biggest production sites in Serbia.

The facility in Indjija is working towards a closed-loop scenario, where the Grundfos Biobooster system is a key part of the puzzle. The Biobooster facility will treat all domestic wastewater, which accounts for 60-70 percent of the factory’s wastewater. Additional wastewater treatment technologies, as well as rainwater harvesting technology, will provide the additional steps towards realizing a closed-loop scenario where the large-scale industrial facility operates with minimal water footprint.

“It is very important for us to have a company like Grundfos that takes care of the environment and which is at the very top in the development of modern technologies. This shows that Indjija is a place where every company has absolutely all opportunities for advancement and, for our part, we will continue to provide maximum support to such projects,” says Vladimir Gak, Mayor of Indjija Municipality.


Ambitious water targets

On a global scale, Grundfos aims to halve its own water consumption by 2025 and save 50 billion m3 of fresh water by 2030. Water efficiency and water treatment is at the core of these ambitions with the factory in Indjija a shining example.

“We have made a big investment here in Indjija because it is the right thing to do. As a company, we have an obligation to be first movers and clean our own water – to keep order in our own house so to speak. I am confident this can be a major inspiration within our company and to other companies as well,” says Veljko Todorović, Plant Director, Grundfos Serbia.


Major milestone

The Indjija production site produces more than 4 million pump units a year and is Grundfos’ third largest production facility worldwide. As such, the introduction of a closed loop gives a high-level and scalable example of how factories can be developed with sustainable ambitions in mind. 

“This is a major milestone, and I want to thank everyone who have helped make this possible. We are the first to implement this technology in the area, we want to inspire and help take care of the environment in the whole region. We hope to continue our great working relationship with the local authorities in this respect,” says Stéphane Simonetta, Group Executive Vice President, COO, Grundfos.


10 years in Serbia

The opening ceremony also marks 10 years of Grundfos in Serbia. It has been a decade at breakneck speed with Grundfos rocketing into the top 10 of Serbian exporters and creating more than 750 new jobs in the local area.

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