Water reuse of industrial wastewater

The Client

L’Oreal has a history of success when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions, having made a 50% reduction between 2005 and 2015. Now, at one of its largest factories, the global cosmetics company wants to proceed further in reducing the environmental footprint of its production plant. As well as reducing waste quantities, L’Oréal has committed to a 60% reduction in water consumption, per finished product, by 2020 (using a 2005 baseline). Achieving this ambitious goal is only possible by optimization of water consumption and by recycling water on site.

The Background

After a successful water reuse pilot trial in July 2017, L’Oréal commissioned Nijhuis as its partner to build one of the most modern and state-of-the-art water reuse plants at its Warsaw factory. During the pilot study, Nijhuis proved its credentials as a partner by deploying the highest level of technological support and application knowledge across the complex scope of the turnkey project.

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Installation Facts

  • Customer: L’Oréal Warsaw
  • Industry: Cosmetics
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
Scope of Supply
  • Contract type: Turnkey
  • Added value services: Design, project management and engineering, manufacturing, delivery, installation, commissioning, training on site and monitoring.
  • Solution: Cloth filter, flocculator, flotation, continue aeration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, solid separator for sludge
  • Intelligent Services: i-MAINTENANCE and i-MONITORING
  • Proposed start date: 2019

Customer Benefits

  1. Almost 50% of wastewater reuse to wash manufacturing tools and cooling processes
  2. High-tech water reuse solution, based on the experienced Nijhuis application knowledge
  3. Successful pilot trial to prove the hightech concept
  4. Improved sustainability and green image with reduced water footprint


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Nijhuis designed a complete water treatment solution which covers the civil works and technology, consisting of filtration, flocculation, flotation, MBR treatment, reverse osmosis and dewatering system. Due to the selection of the proposed design, the customer will reuse almost 50% of water from 400 m3 wastewater per day.

The reused water will be used by the production plant to wash manufacturing tools and cooling processes. To meet the customer demands, the teams of L’Oréal and Nijhuis developed, in close consultation, not only an installation which will be future-proofed, but also designed an attractive operators’ building which fits into the environment of the production facility of L’Oréal.