The Importance of Water Recycling and Filtration in Glass and Stone Fabrication
Glass and stone fabrication processes both generate a large volume of wastewater. Glass and stone fabricators are finding that they need to recycle and filter their wastewater for many of the same reasons.
The Clean Water Act makes it illegal to discharge the wastewater that comes from glass and stone fabrication processes without a permit.
However, the EPA will not generally approve discharge permits in these applications because the technology to recycle this water is readily available.
Municipalities will not permit discharge to sewers because stone and glass particulates can clog pipes. Glass fines accumulate and harden like concrete!
Equipment Problems Resulting from Recycling Unfiltered Wastewater
It is important to not only recycle wastewater to comply with environmental regulations, but to also use industrial filtration equipment to remove the solids.
Glass fines, also known as swarf, can wreak havoc on glass fabrication equipment when water is recycled but not filtered. This is also the case with stone particulates and most stone fabrication equipment.
Unfiltered recycling can lead to greater maintenance costs, increased downtime, decreased production, and shorter equipment life.
Glass and stone fines not only cause excessive wear on moving parts, but they also accumulate in pipes – sometimes clogging them completely. In order to avoid costly repairs and downtime, while complying with environmental regulations, it’s important to have a filter press the shop can rely on.
Custom Wastewater Treatment Equipment
For over 15 years, M.W. Watermark™ has helped businesses from a wide range of industries and applications, including glass and stone fabrication, with their wastewater treatment needs. We offer custom industrial filter presses specifically tailored to glass and stone processing operations. If you have any existing tanks or pumps, we’ll be happy to incorporate them into the system design.
About M.W. Watermark
M.W. WATERMARK wants to make a difference. We are passionate about the world’s water. We are innovative, focused on customer service and always try to exceed expectations. We are an environmentally conscious company with people who are energized, encouraged and inspired to make a difference on our planet by helping to keep our shared, finite water supply clean and usable for generations to come. We build amazing, custom water and wastewater treatment equipment. Together, we can make a difference.