Understanding the Industrial Effluent Treatment Process

Understanding the Industrial Effluent Treatment Process

Industrial effluent treatment is such an important part of the business, yet it’s something not many people understand. Do you know how your waste water treatment system works? Below you’ll discover the three stage process typically involved in effluent wastewater. By understanding the process you’ll be able to establish whether you are using the correct techniques to make the waste water your company produces a lot safer.

Stage One: Primary

The first stage of industrial effluent treatment is known as the ‘primary’ stage. It aims to eliminate the solids from the water. The waste is allowed to settle where it forms different layers. Heavier waste gets deposited at the bottom of the tank, whereas lighter waste materials float up to the top.

Stage Two: Secondary

The secondary stage sets about eliminating the microbes found in larger waste materials. A filter bed is typically applied during this stage. Its main role is to help with oxidation and purification that takes place in the third and final stage.

Stage Three: Tertiary

Referred to as the tertiary stage, it is here that extensive purification takes place. It enables the waste water to be safely released back into the environment and it can also be reused.

The purification phase is the most important as it makes sure the water is decontaminated. Any impurities are eliminated and therefore it protects the environment. If waste water is released into the environment without being purified it can reduce oxygen levels within rivers and streams; causing aquatic life to really suffer. It also poses a health risk to those living and working around the plant.

Choosing the best industrial effluent treatment

It is important to note that all industrial waste water plants require a different type of treatment. The industry you work in will determine which type of treatment you need. For example, if you own a sulphate removal plant, you will need specialised sulphate removal technology. If you work with any heavy metals you will require a specialised treatment to ensure you eliminate them before the water is released into the environment.

Always make sure you are choosing a reliable company to supply your waste water treatment. Integrated Effluent Solutions has been providing the highest quality products for over 20 years. The company even has its own patented technologies that are used throughout the industrial sector.

A good way to determine what type of waste water treatment you need is to make use of the pilot plant trial supplied by IES. This lets you test out specific treatments and plants before you invest. Choosing the right industrial waste water treatment will ensure you are running the plant as cost effectively as possible.

Overall waste water treatment can be a difficult thing to get to grips with when you’re just starting out in the industry. You have a legal responsibility to ensure you are effectively treating the waste water before it leaves the premises.  

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