There are many different processes used to treat wastewater, depending on where it comes from and the contaminants it contains. Some wastewater must undergo the removal of waste solids, aeration, chemical treatments, and several filtering processes before it is deemed safe for discharge (such as with sewage water treatment).
Commercial or industrial water treatment, on the other hand, could involve different processes, different equipment, and different results. Only one thing is certain: laws require that harmful wastewater be treated before it is recycled or discharged.
For some business organizations, this can be a real problem. Just look are remote operations like some mining outposts, for example, that are neither near readily available energy nor water sources needed to run a typical water treatment system. How are these companies supposed to uphold wastewater treatment standards?
This is where integrated treatment systems (ITSs) come into play. These portable treatment stations are designed with remote applications in mind, although their compact nature makes them suitable for many other types of wastewater treatment, as well. How do such systems work? Here is a brief rundown.
Portable and Compact
The average wastewater treatment system could require more time and money to set up than some small, remote operations have on hand. By comparison, integrated treatment systems are much more affordable and convenient.
They are not necessarily designed to support large, long-term operations, so if remote businesses intend to grow, their plans should include enhanced wastewater treatment capabilities. However, when an immediate solution is called for, an ITS can be put into place and get up and running in no time.
How Does it Work?
The ITS is designed to perform many of the functions of a much larger wastewater treatment facility, with units that will separate waste solids, control chemical dosing, and mix chemicals and water during the treatment process. The end result is water that can be recycled and reused by remote operations, saving time and money.
Processing wastewater with the ITS will remove suspended solids and disinfect the water. The end result may not be potable, but it can definitely be reused for the same industrial processes that turned clean water into wastewater in the first place. Companies paying an arm and a leg to bring in clean water will still be responsible for treating and discharging the wastewater they produce, so why wouldn’t they want to save some dough by reusing their own wastewater?
With ITS, companies can not only meet their own needs in terms of cost, convenience, and efficiency, but they can also remain in compliance with EPA and other guidelines requiring the treatment of wastewater.