High-quality, purified water is critical in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Various methods such as reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, and aerobic/anaerobic treatment are employed for treating wastewater in pharmaceutical production plants. These are essential for the release or reuse of water in keeping with government guidelines to deal with water scarcity.

Finding providers of water purification and wastewater treatment

Pharmaceutical Technology has listed some of the leading providers and suppliers of water purification and wastewater treatment products and services, based on its intel, insights, and decades of experience in the sector.

The companies on the list provide various products and services, including spray-drying solutions, pharmaceutical water, pure water and water for injection equipment, water treatment plants, pharmaceutical-grade water purification systems, and environmental solutions for water and industrial waste.

The information in the download document is intended for pharmaceutical executives, installation and commissioning site engineers, design engineers, water treatment plant operators, managers, technicians, suppliers, and other individuals involved in water purification and wastewater treatment operations within the pharmaceutical industry.

Wastewater treatment in the pharmaceutical industry

Various processes and technologies are adopted in the pharmaceutical industry for wastewater treatment. These include preliminary treatment, aeration, neutralisation, flocculation and coagulation, biological degradation, filtration, and recycling.

Water treatment and recycling technology providers need to understand the pharmaceutical industry’s requirements and the nature of their discharge to fulfil their requirements.

Pharmaceutical water purification systems

Purified water is used extensively as a raw material, ingredient, solvent or catalyst in the processing, formulation, and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates, and analytical reagents.

Water reduces solid impurities and helps in attaining the level of chemical purity required to prevent pharmaceutical product contamination. Pharmaceutical industries prepare purified water using different purification methods. Three of the most common types of pharmaceutical water purification systems are:

  • Ion exchange
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Distillation

The ion exchange method is one of the most commonly used water purification methods due to its minimal maintenance cost and ease of operation.