Traditionally the sugarbeet industry has been a heavy consumer of water and a big producer of organic pollution. This paper presents and discusses the plant modifications at the ACOR-1 sugarbeet processing factory at Valladolid, Spain. These changes were carried out to achieve an integrated water management. The segregation of streams, the installation of a biological anaerobic treatment plant and cooling towers and the recirculation of effluents allowed a reduction of water consumption from 330 L/s in 1984 down to 35 L/s in 1990, the pollution discharged to the environment being reduced by more than 90%.

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