This article describes the water purification and recycling plant located at Brussels National Airport. The plant was required because of the need to eliminate toxic substances resulting from technical overhaul activities, the shortage of pure water for special industrial purposes and, regulations governing the discharge of toxic substances required SABEWS to equip itself with a water purification facility. The plant operates on the closed-cycle principle, water used by the workships is pumped through a specially designed pipe and once purified is returned to the shops for re-use. The various stages of the purification process are manually or automatically checked by means of electronic sensors. The effluent is not discharged into the sewer system until a final automatic check has been made. It is expected that the next stage will be the purification of lubricating oil and solvents from workships. The construction of a water purification plant associated with the cleansing of airframes to combat corrosion is being contemplated as well as using this recycled water for feeding the boilers of the heating system. In the long-run, a policy of rain water re-use is expected to be pursued. This would enable Brussels National Airport to become independent of the city water supplies, as far as industrial purposes are concerned.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Civil Aviation Organization

    Attn: Document Sales Unit, 999 University Street
    Montreal, PQ  Canada  H3C 5H7
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 28-29
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174341
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ICAO Bulletin, Public Information Office
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM