Colruyt GroupIn 2013, De Watergroep constructed a process water installation for Vlevico (Halle), the meat-processing company of the Colruyt Group. The new installation was commissioned in early 2014. It allows Vlevico to reuse 81,000 m³ of its own effluent (= purified wastewater) on an annual basis.  In 2016, the Industry & Services business unit built a plant for the reuse of rainwater for the new site of Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat 2 in Halle. As a result, only 1% of rainwater is now discharged to the sewer system.

Own meat-processing unit

Vlevico (VLEes, VIande, COlruyt) is the meat-processing unit of the Colruyt Group. The Halle site employs 850 people for the processing, cutting and packaging of beef, veal and pork. In addition to meat, Vlevico supplies prepared dishes, meat salads and frozen meat to Belgian Colruyt and OKay outlets.

81,000 m³ of purified wastewater

VlevicoIn 2013, De Watergroep's Industry & Services business unit undertook the construction of a process water plant at Vlevico in Halle. The effluent of the water purification undergoes a treatment process in 2 stages: ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis. Lastly, another preventive disinfection takes place. The end result is low-mineralised drinking water that can be reused in the production process.

The new installation was commissioned in early 2014. “Vlevico's new water installation allows the company to reuse at least 81,000 m³ of its own purified wastewater on an annual basis. This also means that the same volume of drinking water no longer needs to be purchased," says Frank De Poortere, director of De Watergroep's Industry & Services business unit.

Potable rainwater for Colruyt

In 2016, the Industry & Services business unit developed a rainwater harvesting system for the new Fine Food Meat 2 site in Halle. It is also responsible for its long-term operation and maintenance. The installation was inaugurated at the end of January. This new site In Halle will be used for the production, cutting and packaging of cold meats, catering dishes and vegetarian products. 

The new installation in facts and figures

  • Peak production: 10 m³/hour
  • Purification = average annual water consumption of 120 households
  • Treatment: Ultra-filtration + Activated carbon filtration + post-disinfection• 70% of rainwater converted to drinking water quality
  • Only 1% of rainwater still ends up in the sewerage system.