The water and waste industry is a large one, incorporating several different sectors; waste, water treatment, sustainability, sewage treatment, environmental treatment and environmental engineering. While each of these components is an industry in its own right, they are closely interlinked.

While lifting equipment doesn’t find a great use in all of these areas, there are some where the sector simply couldn’t function without it. We examine this in more detail below.

The water and waste industry

With over 75% of our planet covered by water, it’s fair to say that this is an industry that has a pretty huge impact! Roughly 10 billion tons of water is used every single day around the world, from our showers to the food that we eat. The waste industry is just as large, with around 16 billion litres of wastewater drained through over 624,000km of sewers every day in the UK alone.

Water and waste industry

The water and waste industry

The primary use for lifting equipment in this industry comes in the water and waste management sector. This sector alone involves many different parts, such as:

- Water cycle management

- The design and incorporation of treatment technology

- Hazardous waste management

- Residuals management

- Water quality management

- Plant design

- Research and development

- Waste to energy solutions

With so many varying parts involved, and with such a vital importance for so much of the world, it’s crucial that this industry flows smoothly. Interested to know how lifting equipment helps with this? Read on below.

How does lifting equipment help in this industry?

As with many other industries and the technologies involved, the water and waste sector has evolved over the last few decades. This has seen pumps and mixers become bigger and heavier, alongside the plants that they are housed in. Lifting equipment is vital in helping to move and install these parts around, which have become far too heavy for humans to lift.

Alongside this, maintenance is an extremely common occurrence. Gantry cranes are a popular choice for this, particularly mobile gantry cranes which can be easily wheeled around a plant.

Aluminium products have also noticed an increased usage, given their lightweight yet strong nature. Furthermore, they have a high resistance to corrosion and rust, making them perfect in treatment facilities that may contain chemicals or moisture.

Overhead cranes have also become a standard installation in many plants, helping to move items back and forth along the facility with ease. With all of these cranes comes a heavy and widespread usage of lifting hoists.

Looking for more information?

This industry is just one place that you will find a heavy usage of this equipment. You’ll also find it being used in other industries such as:


- Construction

- Engineering

- Garages

- Shipyards

- Food and brewery

- Power and energy

If you are interested in discussing our range of lifting equipment further, or to find out how it may be of use to you, please get in contact with us here.



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