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Industrial Drainage Systems in the Food Industry

As fastidious as most production plants are concerning health, hygiene, and cleanliness, arguably one of the most overlooked areas in their operations is the drainage systems in the food industry. There is no escaping the importance of a clean drainage system for any facility that is involved in food preparation. Unsanitary drainage systems can be a major offender for incubating bacterial growth. Dangerous pathogens like E. coli, salmonella, and listeria have been found to thrive in unkempt drains and could lead to cross-contamination in other areas of operation. The leading professionals at Pescatech know the importance of effective drainage solutions in food production and related industries.

Drainage Systems in the Food Industry

The Importance of Efficient, Effective Drainage Systems in the Food Industry

Regardless of the product being produced, in between production runs, during shift changes, or before closing time, the facility should be comprehensively sanitised to acceptable health standards, especially the floors and drainage systems in the food industry. It is, therefore, advantageous when all working surfaces, preparation equipment, and affected areas are easy to clean while wastewater and other fluids are safely, quickly, and efficiently disposed of through an effective drainage system. An efficient drainage system is one that predominantly self-cleans, is durable with an extended lifespan, and can maintain flow capacity.

In contrast to unrelated industries, the drainage system in a food production facility plays a vital role in keeping the working area clean. However, it is usually out of sight with most of its components lying level to or underneath the flooring surface. Since it is such an integral part of the cleanliness of the facility, it is imperative that it is installed correctly the first time. Subsequent changes to the system can be a costly exercise in itself, notwithstanding the consequential loss caused by operational downtime.


Two Favoured Drain Types Used in the Food Industry

Here are two types of drains used in the food industry:

Surface Drainage Systems: These systems remove excess spillage, liquids, dirt, and water from surface areas through channels or troughs. They are usually used in large food-producing factories like meat abattoirs, for example. The factory floor offers a slope gradient towards the channel. The troughs or channels are covered with grates or grids to catch larger solids or pollutants, which might block the drain. The size of the grating varies in relation to the size of the solid pollutants that need to be trapped before wastewater run-off.

Subsurface Drainage Systems: As the name suggests, subsurface drainage solutions are buried beneath the floor. From a central drainage point, water flows down into the ground and is channelled away through a system of pipes, pre-installed for this reason. Grid configurations are also used with this system, and in some instances, grease (or sludge) traps are installed to separate harmful pollutants from the water before the liquid gets carried away to the municipal drainage infrastructure.


Who to Turn to for Quality Drainage Systems in the South African Food Industry

At Pescatech, we have travelled the globe to learn from our globally acknowledged suppliers, who are industry leaders in their fields, and have applied everything we have learned to the local food safety and related industries. The quality of our products is only surpassed by the level of our service excellence. For quality drainage systems in the food industry, consult with us for professional assistance, internationally renowned products, and industry-leading products and services.


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