Achieving Water Authority Compliance with Automated Wastewater Treatment

Packaging manufacturers must meet EPA and local wastewater requirements for effluent, including those under the Clean Water Act. Failing to do so can result in severe fines that quickly escalate.

Fortunately, complying with EPA and local wastewater regulation has become much easier with more fully automated, wastewater treatment systems. Such systems not only reliably meet regulatory wastewater requirements, but also significantly reduce the cost of treatment, labor and disposal when the proper Cleartreat® separating agents are also used.

An example of successful automated wastewater treatment involves one of the largest independent corrugated manufacturers, which processes over 8 million square feet of corrugated packaging and displays per day. The corrugated manufacturer required more efficient treatment of wastewater that is generated from the washdown of its flexographic printing presses that use various inks in the manufacturing process.

For this, the corrugated manufacturer turned to an EconoFlow fully automated wastewater system as well as Cleartreat separating agent from Sabo Industrial Corp., a New York-based manufacturer, distributor and integrator of industrial waste treatment equipment and solutions, including batch and fully automated systems, Cleartreat separating agents, bag filters, and accessories.

The system reportedly included a high-volume flow-through mix unit, large capacity feed hopper, bag housing for solids removal, self-indexing dewatering table, and final polishing vessels. Sensors reportedly ensure proper material flow and operation, and onscreen audio-visual alerts indicate if anything requires attention.

However, instead of typical labor-intensive in-person monitoring of equipment, to correct a problem the mix chambers’ motors are controlled electronically by Human Machine Interface (HMI) and can be remotely adjusted, along with the mix motor speed, and powder feed by Sabo Industrial.

The industrial wastewater equipment provider could utilize the equipment’s integrated webcams as needed to view the mixing chambers for flocculant formation, floc structure, color and water clarity. Remote access also enables viewing alert conditions on the touchscreen and provides the ability to reset the machine, if needed.

Because of the importance of separating agents for wastewater treatment, Sabo Industrial reportedly uses a special type of bentonite clay in a line of wastewater treatment chemicals called ClearTreat. This line of wastewater treatment chemicals is formulated to break oil and water emulsion, provide heavy metals removal, and promote flocculation, agglomeration and suspended solids removal.

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