Top Sources of Industrial Wastewater

A Look at Wastewater-Heavy Industries

Almost all industries produce some form of wastewater. Equipment designed for solid-liquid separation, such as a filter press, provides for the reuse of water and cost-effective disposal of dewatered solids. Here are some wastewater-heavy industries in the U.S. today.

Pulp and Paper

Paper manufacturing is an energy-and water-intensive industry. From biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) to chemical oxygen demand (COD), solids to chlorinated organic compounds, the pulp and paper industry generates a high volume of wastewater.

Mines and Quarries

Mining of metallic ores and precious metals can produce wastewater contaminated by rock particles, metals, acids and salts, as well as hydraulic oils.

M.W. Watermark 1200mm filter press. Built for a neutralized mine wastewater application.
M.W. Watermark 1200mm filter press. Built for a neutralized mine wastewater application.

Oil and Gas

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, produces large volumes of wastewater as a process for extracting shale gas. The wastewater may contain high concentrations of dissolved solids, radionuclides and metals.

M.W. Watermark 1200mm trailer-mounted filter press. Built for produced water recovery.
M.W. Watermark 1200mm trailer-mounted filter press. Built for produced water recovery.

Iron and Steel

The most common pollutants in the iron and steel sector are BOD, COD, oil, metals, acids, phenols and cyanide.

M.W. Watermark 1200mm filter press manufactured for sand filter backwash dewatering.
M.W. Watermark 1200mm filter press manufactured for sand filter backwash dewatering.

Food Industry

Wastewater produced as a by-product of the food industry is often biodegradable and nontoxic. However, it may contain high concentrations of BOD, suspended solids (SS) and even pesticides.

M.W. Watermark 800mm filter press with a semi-automatic plate shifter. Application: Egg production wastewater.
M.W. Watermark 800mm filter press with a semi-automatic plate shifter. Application: Egg production wastewater.

Chemicals

Using complex organic chemicals, the chemicals industry can generate wastewater contaminated by COD, organic chemicals, heavy metals, SS and cyanide.

M.W. Watermark 1200mm filter press with diaphragm squeeze plates and EnduroLiner™ chemical resistant coating. Manufactured for nickel carbonate filtration and washing.
M.W. Watermark 1200mm filter press with diaphragm squeeze plates and EnduroLiner™ chemical resistant coating. Manufactured for nickel carbonate filtration and washing.

Treating Industrial Wastewater

Since wastewater contaminants vary by industry, there are various approaches for separating solids from liquids for efficient disposal of waste and the reuse of water. Visit our Industries and Applications webpage to see more examples of wastewater-intensive industries and the types of equipment that is utilized.

Also, be sure to contact a member of our Sales and Service Team to learn more. M.W. Watermark can work with you to recommend the best equipment for your particular application.

M.W. Watermark offers wastewater treatment equipment across a wide range of industrial applications
M.W. Watermark offers wastewater treatment equipment across a wide range of industrial applications.
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Top Sources of Industrial Wastewater

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