METCON Water Systems: Solving Present and Future Water Challenges

Manish Varma
Manish Varma

As a modernizing civilization, collectively, we are facing the future’s harshest nightmare in the face – augmenting water challenges. To solve this severest of issues, we urgently need many more innovative solution providers like – METCON Water Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Company’s DirectorManish Varma shares that driven by its strong mission of providing innovative and technologically advanced solutions to industries; METCON Water Systems is helping them to manage their fresh and waste water in an environmentally sustainable manner. The motivations of the sustainable environment approach continue to inspire the company to make its services meaningful beyond the normal.

A rich legacy of over five decades in business speaks volumes about the company’s expertise, experience, and commitment. From its inception, it has successfully adapted to changing times and emerging technologies and continued delivering valuable solutions to its diverse clients across India and several other countries.

An In-Depth Acumen

With technical expertise and an in-depth understanding of the sector, METCON Water Systems Pvt. Ltd. can provide integrated and strategic solutions tailored to the specific needs of industrial and municipal clients. With rich technical expertise and an in-depth understanding of the water treatment sector, it can deliver high-quality products and maintain excellent service networks. METCON can provide holistic solutions encompassing multiple water and wastewater treatment aspects by offering various multi-disciplinary engineering services. The company ensures its clients receive reliable and efficient water and wastewater treatment systems that meet their requirements.

Having implemented numerous plants and projects across industry sectors, the company has gained valuable experience and insights, allowing it to approach each new project with a cohesive and well-informed strategy. This experience is a solid foundation for designing and implementing ideal treatment solutions. “With a dedicated team comprising of highly skilled engineers with expertise in process engineering, structural engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation and control, and mechanical engineering, all specialized in water and wastewater projects, enables us to offer the best integrated and strategic solution,” says Manish who is actively involved from 1998 in driving the company’s initiatives in various categories related to water and wastewater treatment equipment and solutions, chemicals, RO plants, water vending machines, and more. His innovative business approach and extensive knowledge contribute to the company’s success in business planning and development, financial planning and policies, product development, and operational management.

The Lord of Intelligence

As a leader, Manish is focused on setting up policies and procedures that ensure the efficient use of resources to drive growth and innovation within the company. He plays a vital role in shaping the company’s strategies and guiding its expansion in India and abroad.

In addition to his business acumen, Manish has also introduced modern business tools and digital technology within the company. By front-leading the company, he provides strategic direction to the vast team of sales and marketing professionals and enables them to make quick and informed decisions with proper technology support from the head office. Technology integration enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the company’s sales and marketing operations.

Manish has over 25 years of rich industry experience. He earned an MBA in marketing and brought a wealth of experience to his role as Director; he possesses a strong people management and development vision, leading the organization towards growth and success.

Sharing the firm’s journey, Manish says that METCON was set up by their founding father, Mr Nandalal Varma, in 1968. His vision and aim for perfection and complete customer satisfaction paved the way for a strong foundation and success. He adds, “My inspiration was to take on the legacy of my late father, whose inspiration, ideology and knowledge have defined the path for us to hold a place in this sector. My stimulus was to promote sustainable water treatment and management, to empower people and industries to thrive on safe and clean water.” Water is a precious resource, and ensuring its availability and quality is crucial for individuals’ well-being and industries’ success.

The Origin of Every Being

Sustainable water treatment practices not only safeguard the environment but also contribute to the health and safety of people and the long-term viability of industries, thus contributing to economic progress. Accessing safe and clean water is essential for individuals, households, and businesses to prosper. By offering solutions that promote sustainable water treatment and management, METCON is actively contributing to the well-being and development of society.

According to Manish, the company’s success lies in the expertise and dedication of its team members, including planners, engineers, and subject experts. Their collective efforts and collaboration enable the company to consistently deliver effective and efficient water and wastewater treatment solutions to their clients.

METCON believes in innovative solutions with deep industry experience like:

  • Water Treatment (Industrial and Community).
  • Waste Water Treatment (Effluent and Sewage).
  • Water Treatment Chemicals.
  • High-purity Water Treatment (Medical, Pharmaceutical and Power Plant).
  • Recycling and Zero Liquid Discharge.

METCON works on many innovative and disruptive technologies in water and wastewater. The company has added Mill X filters, an innovative technology in removing scale in TMT quenching and wire rod mill and block mill. It has also implemented projects with technologically advanced Ultra High Rate Solid Contact Clarifier (UHRSCC) ideal for oil and other contaminant removals in steel plants, and projects up to the capacity of 1600m³/hr have been executed. “Our benchmark for success has been our commitment to quality and service to our customers. The make-in-India products manufactured by us are receiving wide acceptance in many countries despite having strong competition from European and Chinese producers.”

Crystal Clear H2O

He furthers that earlier, the challenges in the water treatment field included:

  • Limited access to clean water sources.
  • Inadequate infrastructure for water treatment and distribution.
  • Lack of awareness about waterborne diseases.

The cost and efficiency of water treatment technologies also posed challenges earlier due to limited membranes and treatment equipment suppliers.

Nowadays, rivers are contaminated, and groundwater is also polluted due to the high development of industries; there is pressure upon enterprises to eliminate minimum liquid waste from industrial processes. The challenge is reducing water wastage from the water treatment plant within three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. “We are working on some new dimensions to reduce water wastage, and Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) is an innovative technology that involves treating wastewater and helping in Water Conservation, resulting in no fluid discharge into the environment.”

Water treatment gradually became a most sought-after and challenging job with emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and microplastics, requiring an advanced treatment level. Other significant challenges revolve around water scarcity and the increasing demand for water in various sectors. Additionally, ongoing concerns include the following:

  • Maintaining an ageing water treatment infrastructure.
  • Ensuring water quality monitoring.
  • Addressing the impacts of climate change on water availability and quality.

Moreover, achieving sustainable and affordable water treatment solutions for urban and rural areas remains challenging.

Ultra Technovations

Being an experienced leader, Manish believes that technology is playing a crucial role in every walk of life, and it is also transforming the water treatment sector, leading to improved efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability. “We have advanced treatment technologies like membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet disinfection that have enhanced the removal of contaminants and microorganisms, improving water quality.”

Smart sensors enable real-time monitoring of water quality parameters, facilitating early detection of contaminants and timely intervention. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms aid in analyzing large volumes of data collected from sensors, optimizing treatment processes and predicting system failures. Energy-efficient technologies facilitate low-energy treatment processes, thus reducing water treatment plants’ carbon footprint and operational costs.

High Recovery Reverse Osmosis, an innovative breakthrough in reverse osmosis membrane technology, recovers 90-95% of the water volume being processed and removes up to 99% of the impurities from the makeup water being used.

Since technology is continuously evolving, we can expect further advancements in water treatment.” Nano-materials and nanofiltration membranes may enhance water treatment efficiency and improve contaminant removal. Innovations in advanced oxidation processes, such as electrochemical and photocatalytic methods (FENTON), may effectively combat emerging contaminants. Widespread adoption of IoT devices will enable real-time monitoring, predictive maintenance, and optimization of treatment processes. “We can foresee that robotics and automation may be employed for inspection, repair and maintenance of water treatment infrastructure, improving operational efficiency and reducing human intervention.” Overall, advancements will contribute to more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable water treatment processes, ultimately improving access to clean water for a larger population.

An Ocean of Knowledge

In his advice to the aspirants willing to venture into the field of the water treatment sector, Manish says that for a successful innovation investment strategy, you need four things. You need entrepreneurs, you need scalability (which means a new market), you need the tech, and you need perfection with deep knowledge. You should have passion because, without the combination of those three, it doesn’t matter how big an idea you’ll be unable to sustain it!

The water treatment industry is quite large, and the scope of incremental growth is quite high. People willing to enter this field must be compassionate to bring change. They should build a diverse skill set with technical skills relevant to water management. It may include proficiency in water treatment processes, hydrological modelling, water quality monitoring, data analysis, and GIS. Technical expertise will enhance your credibility and enable you to effectively tackle complex water management issues.

Familiarize yourself with local, regional, and national water policies, regulations, and frameworks. Understanding water management’s legal and regulatory aspects is essential to navigating compliance requirements and contributing to sustainable water practices.

Establish connections and collaborate with professionals, organizations, and institutions in water management. Networking will provide you with valuable insights and opportunities and foster collaborations and partnerships that can enhance your impact and broaden your reach.

Last but not least, enter into the water treatment field with passion, dedication, and a genuine desire to make a positive impact. Water management is a required field that requires long-term commitment and perseverance to address complex challenges and create sustainable solutions.

Water – Future’s Liquid Luck

On envisioning scaling the company’s scope and offerings in future, he divulges that METCON Water Systems has a legacy that only a few companies in India can match for being a consistent performer for over five and half decades. He adds that they continuously evolve with their vision and scale up the company’s scope and offerings with long-term strategies. They identify new geographical markets and customer segments that could benefit from the company’s products and services. They are leveraging the company’s expertise and technology to address water challenges and expanding their offerings into relevant market segments. They invest in infrastructure and operations to increase production capacity and efficiency with relevant certifications adhering to quality, environment, health and safety parameters.

They continue to invest in research and development to stay at the forefront of technological advancements in the water treatment sector while expanding their global footmarks into newer territories. “We are utilizing the digital and modern communication mediums to strengthen the company’s brand presence and marketing efforts to increase visibility in the water treatment industry. Attracting and retaining the best talents and expertise to support the company’s growth objectives have been our top agenda for growth,” he concludes.

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