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Industrial water cycle optimization

Waster optimizastion

Industry is one of the main water users in Europe, accounting for about 40 % of total water abstractions, according to Eurostat, the European statistics agency. Statistics don’t differ much in other parts of the world. Water is used at every step of the production process (for cooling, heating, polishing, cleaning/washing, diluting…).

From an environmental issue, water has become more and more an economic and social challenge for most industries around the world.

An economic challenge, because water scarcity or fluctuation in its quality can threaten the whole industrial process. And a social issue, because more and more, local communities fight for their own right to water and where there are usage conflicts, industrial companies are sometimes susceptible of losing their license to operate. Thus, according to the CEO Water Mandate, two thirds of the world's largest companies are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth. No industry is untouched nowadays from Food and Beverage, to chemicals, Oil & Gas, Power, Mining or Pulp and Paper. 

Who are our customers ?

All industries

The Veolia Solution


In today's global economy, industrial companies are constantly challenged to improve productivity and efficiency, reduce costs, comply with ever more stringent environmental standards and ensure constant water supply.

Veolia has developed innovative, competitive solutions and top-level expertise that manage industries’ entire water cycle: from abstraction or desalination to producing process water through to treating and recycling wastewater and sludge.  
Veolia has hundreds of industrial references throughout the world. Expertise ranges from, design, to installation, commission and operation of the complete water installations of its customers: 

→ Turnkey projects via a one-stop shop approach
→  Custom, standardized and hybrid solutions
→ Extended offering through maintenance and operating services
→ Portfolio of 350 technologies
→ Risk Management (water supply, environmental compliance, revenue loss, safety)
→ Water Sustainability Management using tools such as True Cost of Water and Water Impact Index to help our customers achieve their corporate sustainability goals.


In today's global economy, industrial companies are constantly challenged to improve productivity and efficiency, reduce costs, comply with ever more stringent environmental standards and ensure constant water supply.

Benefits for our customers

Reliability - avoiding costly downtime 

Efficiency - developing solutions that help clients get more from each drop of water

Compliancy - engineering systems that ensure compliance with environmental legislation 

Focus Innovation

Innovation: WIIX, a decision tool for water

The Water Impact IndeX (WIIX)  is a tool developed by Veolia to measure the impact of activities on a local water resource. It is unique in that it integrates volume, quality and local stress factors into a single indicator. Vallourec, the world leader for tubular solutions, has adopted it on 7 of its biggest plants worldwide. 

They chose this solution



Nestlé, Mexico: getting water from milk

In the water-parched Mexican state of Jalisco, Nestlé’s success in implementing zero-water dairy production offers hope for improved stewardship of water in a country where the resource is under serious stress. A unique technology is being implemented – and recognized – worldwide. Veolia treats effluents from the water used to produce dairy products in two steps. First, a membrane reactor removes solids and then the reverse osmosis step allows the water to be reused.



l’Oréal, China: water and carbon footprint reduction

In Suzhou, China, Veolia and L’Oréal have designed a unique solution to treat and recycle wastewater at the plant, covering engineering-design and operation of treatment facilities. The new facility, which has been gradually ramping up operations since November 2012, will ultimately cut the plant’s operating costs thanks to a 8.5% reduction in energy use.

shell qatar: closing the loop


Shell, Qatar: closing the loop

The Pearl Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) complex operated by Shell in Ras Laffan, Qatar, is the largest plant of its kind in the world.  Shell and its partner, Qatar Petroleum, were looking to operate a model facility that would have zero liquid discharge as part of a closed-loop system. Veolia has developed a unique process for recycling water generated during the gas-to-liquid transition so it can be fully reused on site.