Sulphate Removal from Waste Waters: Why It Shouldn't Be Ignored

Sulphate Removal from Waste Waters: Why It Shouldn't Be Ignored

Sulphate is a common chemical found in waste water plants. It’s also commonly found in drinking water. While it doesn’t have a damaging effect on the body in low levels, it will act as a laxative if consumed in high quantities. In terms of waste water, it’s important to eliminate sulphate due to the effect it can have on the environment.

How sulphate effects the environment

Sulphate has been known to cause all kinds of problems for the environment. Firstly it can have a really negative impact on the aquatic ecosystem. For example, if it manages to get into rivers and streams, it can poison fish. It can also contribute towards acid rain. It’s because of these potential negative effects that sulphate removal has become so important in the waste water industry.

How is sulphate removed?

There are a number of treatments used for sulphur removal from water. Membrane separation and precipitation are two recognised methods. However, the most common by far is the biological method. It tends to be a lot more cost effective and also uses less energy consumption than other methods.

If you hire a professional waste water company to take care of your sulphate removal needs you’ll find they often have their own methods in place. Integrated Effluent Solutions for example, uses its own PURGOSO sulphate removal technology. This uses a patented combination of chemical precipitation and ultrasonic reactor to reduce the amount of sulphate to acceptable levels. Sometimes it isn’t possible to completely eliminate sulphate from the water. However, the goal should be to ensure it reaches acceptable levels.

There are many advantages that come with using proper, well-known sulphate removal systems. The benefits that come with using Sulphate Technology such as the one IES provide include:

·         A lime scale-free process

·         Removal of other contaminants

·         Water could be re-used

·         One stage settlement as well as dewatering

·         Can be used in a wide range of industries

The removal of other contaminants is a definite advantage. It’s like having an all-in-one system that eliminates all contaminants from the plant. Sulphate water treatment does come in many forms, but it’s important to make sure you’re using a reliable, well-known company. Not all sulphate removal products are as effective as they should be. Take a look at testimonials and clients that sulphate removal companies have worked with before choosing one for your waste water needs. That way you’ll get a good idea of which ones offer the best and most reliable service.  

If you’re concerned with the environment, the fact the water can be potentially re-used will come as good news. Reverse Osmosis will need to be carried out before the water can be safely re-used.

Overall sulphate removal technology is essential for any industry that has sulphate in their waste water system. There are various environmental regulations that companies need to follow. If you’re unsure about what the environmental regulations are, it’s definitely worth looking them up. IES also provides training for companies to ensure they are up to date with the latest laws.