Advances in Wastewater Treatment: From Sludge to Clean Water

When discussing municipal wastewater treatment equipment, “sludge” is the term used to signify a toxic semi-solid slurry made up of all of the different types of wastewater that end up at a water treatment plant via sewage systems. Sludge typically is a kind of toxic cocktail made up of industrial waste, hospital waste, commercial waste, human excreta, stormwater runoff, and many other kinds of hazardous, toxic, and biological waste materials, including heavy metals, steroids, and pharmaceuticals.

Sludge Must be Returned to a Non-Hazardous State Using Advanced Wastewater Treatment Equipment

When sludge accrues in a water treatment facility, it must eventually be restored to a non-hazardous state through a highly advanced filtration process. Due to the preciousness of our planet’s limited water supply and the serious effects of improperly treated water to the health of consumers, water treatment facilities and wastewater treatment equipment must remain constantly adaptable to advancements in technologies with regards to sludge water treatment. Legal regulations examine and dictate stricter sewage guidelines, which require treatment plants to adopt new and constantly more efficient standards and methods.

The most recent requirements in agricultural treatments, for example, require that filtration systems are able to reduce the presence of toxic particles in wastewater (or sludge) and wastewater treatment equipment by at least 20 percent within the course of two years. Effectively, this means that the current most common means of dealing with wastewater sludge, a process called “membrane filtration” must update and improve its methods and components.

M.W. Watermark Tubular Microfiltration Membrane Modules
M.W. Watermark Tubular Microfiltration Membrane Modules

How Membrane Filtration Works for Wastewater Treatment

Membrane filtration, the most advanced sludge filtration process in use by most water treatment facilities, utilizes very small filters to trap not only toxic particles, but also microorganisms, such as bacteria or viruses. The process is similar in theory to the process by which home pool filtration systems operate. The process of membrane filtration, used to separate the damaging particles from sludge, is sometimes used in conjunction with other processes to restore sludge into a type of commercial fertilizer.

At M.W. Watermark, our membrane microfiltration process prevents many types of pollution from contamination and chemicals. To learn more, explore our line of tubular membrane modules.

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Advances in Wastewater Treatment: From Sludge to Clean Water