Wastewater treatment is a major challenge for organizations across a variety of industries. To better understand why this is the case, consider the following scenario.
A privately held potato chip plant hoped to increase its snack production by 20% to roughly 72 million pounds a year. However, the plant faced a major obstacle to achieving this goal: While cleaning the fryers throughout production, large amounts of oil mix with wash water.
Not to mention the plant discharges a whopping 180,000 gallons of water each day.
After installing an oil skimmer to remedy the issue, the plant was able to successfully remove about 2,000 gallons of oil per week from the wastewater system.
Read on to see how this change benefited the potato chip plant in the long run, and how oil skimming could work for you too.
Oil Skimming for Wastewater Treatment: Here's What You Need to Know
An oil skimmer is designed to remove oil from both process water and wastewater. It helps a company remove oil from the surface of oily water at or near the point of origin (i.e. where oil initially contaminates water).
Oil skimming for wastewater treatment offers a variety of benefits, including:
- Reduced Operating Costs: An oil skimmer simultaneously reduces a company's overall water consumption by extending the life of its water and coolant fluids. It also helps prolong the lifespan of filtration equipment and reduce the amount of chemicals needed to treat process water and wastewater.
- Increased Revenue: Removing oil early in the wastewater treatment process helps retain its value for recycling, reuse or resale. In many cases, companies can resell oil to businesses that will reuse it. The more pure the oil, the higher its resale value.
- Enhanced Environmental Responsibility: An oil skimmer helps a company employ cleaner operations and eliminate water pollutants. It enables a business to lower its water consumption and usage, reduce or eliminate the need to use water treatment chemicals, and address oil-related environmental concerns. Plus, a company that uses an oil skimmer is better equipped to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and regulations.
With an oil skimmer, remove oil early in the wastewater treatment process for reduced operating costs, new revenue opportunities, an environmentally friendly brand image, among other perks.
After employing an oil skimmer, the potato chip plant wastewater treatment facilitator said, “For a relatively small investment, our operations have been improved dramatically.”