Water is a critical ingredient in pharmaceutical manufacturing operations; consistent and high-quality supplies are needed for a range of purposes including production, material processing, and cooling. Advanced treatment such as custom-built microfiltration systems are used extensively in the pharmaceutical industry water treatment applications. Diminishing water supply particularly disruptive to industries that are reliant on high quality process water for use in manufacturing. Direct water reuse is limited within the pharmaceutical industry because of contamination risks to the consumer. Although recycling from non-manufacturing point sources for reuse in irrigation or boiler system cooling water is commonplace in many pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, treating waste streams for reuse as feed water in the product manufacturing process is limited.
Consistent with industry trends toward water efficiency, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities are coming up with more holistic and sustainable water treatment practices and designs. In the past water treatment was mainly focused on pretreatment requirements, not more and more companies are assuming higher responsibility in terms of treating their wastewater streams.