Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics

Offering a unique portfolio of technologies and services to support purified water and wastewater treatment

Veolia Water Technologies is the world leader in purified water and wastewater solutions. We can support you in meeting all regulatory requirements, from water system design, installation, commissioning, validation and ongoing performance qualification, throughout the life of your system. 

Veolia understands the unique challenges that pharmaceutical and cosmetics face related to their water needs, such as:

  • Product Quality
  • Product Safety
  • Regulatory Compliance 
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Variability in Wastewater
  • Sewer Surcharge Reduction
  • Increased Resource Recovery
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Corporate Sustainability Initiatives

Veolia provides equipment, as well as custom-tailored solutions to leading pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies to meet their water quality, environmental, and economic challenges. 

Leading companies around the world have trusted Veolia with their high purity water and wastewater treatment challenges. When it comes to high purity water for pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, high performance and sustainability is critical.  Additionally, having an operator-friendly, easy-to-use system that can plug-and-play into your existing process expedites the project timeline and minimizes engineering costs. 

Related to wastewater, production facilities within this industry create a unique set of challenges, such as inconsistent wastewater characteristics and flows. Additionally, these sites have a large variety of pollutants in varying concentrations that need to be treated prior to discharge to the environment or municipality. 

Veolia provides its clients with an integrated approach to water management using innovative technologies, equipment, chemistry, and services. In addition to this integrated approach, our large team of global experts is able to provide comprehensive lab analysis, pilot-testing, and full-scale system design.

Request Your Free Pharmaceutical Wastewater Treatment Guide

The production of chemically synthesized and biological drugs uses large quantities of water and a variety of compounds that inevitably find their way into the plants’ effluents in varying concentrations. This guide aims to give an overview of the treatment processes applicable to this industry.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Veolia is experienced in helping clients reduce their financial exposure and comply with discharge requirements and stringent environmental regulations.   

High Purity Water
Facilities producing pharmaceutical and cosmetic products rely on a consistent, high-quality, supply of water that is free of contaminants. Veolia offers a variety of plug-and-play products that can be integrated into the facility. These systems have various levels of treatment capabilities, from providing water for plant utilities, as well as for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals / cosmetics.

Robust and Flexible Wastewater Treatment Processes
Pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing facilities commonly produce a wide-range of products. This creates a high degree of variability in wastewater composition or flows. As a result, Veolia is experienced in designing systems that can accommodate these variances to ensure consistent and reliable wastewater treatment. 

  • Primary Separation / Solids Removal
  • Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • Evaporation & ZLD (Zero Liquid Discharge)
  • Emerging Pollutants Treatment

Water Footprint Reduction
To reduce a facility's water footprint, Veolia offers a wide-variety of water reuse technologies. These technologies can create significant value by allowing water to be reused within other parts of the facility. For example properly treated water can be reused in a facility's cooling tower or boiler systems. 

Mobile Water Treatment
Veolia Water Technologies provides mobile water and wastewater treatment solutions to cover emergency, temporary or long-term water treatment needs. 

Case Study - AstraZeneca

Technology: AnoxKaldnes® MBBR (Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor)

Leading pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, was in need to treat wastewater from its manufacturing location in Sweden. The facility discharged treated wastewater to a very sensitive body of water and needed a reliable and robust wastewater treatment system to remove toxic chemicals and organic content. 

Veolia installed a multi-stage AnoxKaldnes® MBBR system to treat for the various pollutants in the wastewater stream. The different stages within the wastewater system utilize very specific microfungi and other bacterial communities in order to target, detoxify, and reduce residual organic compounds within the wastewater stream.  

The wastewater facility was designed to treat up to 1,800  m3/d  (0.48  MGD) with loading rates up to 440  kg/d of TOC (Total Organic Carbon).  The system is able to remove 97% TOC, 80% Nitrogen, and 99% of Phosphorus. More importantly, environmental studies of the discharge point have shown that the receiving lake has not been subject to any negative effects.

Key Technologies

ORION™ Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems

ORION™ is a skid-mounted, multi-technology purified water system. This system is specifically designed for the pharmaceutical, generics, healthcare and biotechnology markets. This system combines powerful reverse osmosis membrane treatment with continuous electrodeionization (CEDI) to supply a very high-quality water source. Additionally, the system can be fully or partially hot water sanitized.

Learn More

Ionpro™ LX

The IONPRO™ LX systems produce high purity water with low bacteria levels. Using advanced reverse osmosis combined with CEDI (continuous electrodeionization), this technology is able to produce very high quality water for flow rates from 500 to 1,000 liters per hour.

Learn More

Biothane® High-Rate Anaerobic Treatment System

This advanced anaerobic wastewater treatment technology allows for the treatment of wastewater streams that have high concentrations of organic material. These systems provide flexible and stable biological treatment, require low energy consumption, and produce low amounts of sludge when compared to other biological processes. 

Learn More

AnoxKaldnes™ MBBR (Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor)

These high-performance biological systems are a versatile and reliable system for pharmaceutical and cosmetic wastewater treatment. The unique configuration of the biofilm on the media within the reactor allows for the system to adapt to varying conditions, without minimizing treatment capacity. The system can also be configured in series where unique micro floras can be cultivated to target specific pollutants and help clients achieve strict wastewater discharge limits. 

Learn More

Hydrotech Drumfilters & Discfilters

Filtration technology that uses woven media panels to remove suspended solids greater than 10 microns.

Learn More

IDRAFLOT® Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF)

This unique flotation technology creates powerful removal of FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease), TSS (Total Suspended Solids), and non-soluable COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) in a very small footprint. IDRAFLOT® requires lower chemical dosing when compared to traditional DAF systems and are able to reach  very high levels of sludge thickness and effluent quality.

Learn More

EVALED® Evaporators

For very difficult to treat wastewater or "point-source" wastewater treatment upstream of the wastewater plant, EVALED provides highly-efficient evaporation in a very compact footprint. These systems are extremely energy efficient by allowing for the evaporation of water at low temperatures. These systems are also able to generate value from wastewater by creating a high-quality distillate, which can be reused within the facility. Additionally, the system is able to recover valuable by-products from the waste stream

Learn More

Featured Resources

Case Study - Leading Life Science Company 

Technology:  ORIONTM 500

The leading life science client needed to replace their existing aging water purification units. Veolia provided an ORION™ 500 high purity water system on the site to treat water that is used in production, as well as sanitization. The ORION system is able to meet the water demands of the site by creating a very high quality permeate at flows up to 500 liters/hour. The system also reduces their energy and water footprint. During periods of where the system is not in operation or in recycle mode, no RO reject water is discharged to the drain. A cooling heat exchanger also prevents high temperature water from being  discharged to the drain during extended recycle periods.

Meet Our Team

Matias Navarro

Business Development

Plainfield, IL

Rob Frankin

Senior Director of Business Development

Pennsauken, NJ

Aymeric Simon

Aymeric Simon

VP of Strategy & Marketing - Sales Light Industry

Canada

Phil Stanga

Phil Stanga

Director  of Business Development

Dayton, OH