5 Benefits of Sludge Dewatering
Written by AOS Treatment Solutions on September 7, 2016
Too much water on the ground can be costly and bad for business. However, sludge dewatering can be a viable solution to this issue without breaking the bank. Discover the five major benefits of sludge dewatering treatment.
1. Cost Savings
Sludge residue from water treatment costs cities thousands of dollars each year to eradicate. Conventional wastewater and water treatment methods can produce large amounts of the destructive substance at city water plants. When this sludge gets out of control, costs rise and taxes can increase, affecting both businesses and area residents. Many of the costs are due to the associated storage and transportation needs.
It’s vital to employ technical applications such as dewatering to reduce these expenses. Sludge dewatering helps cut down on disposal costs by reducing the volume of water-saturated soil. It can also help save between 75 to 80 percent of transportation and storage expenses. But, you can save the city or your company money when you use delivery systems that use dewatering techniques in bulk.
2. High Productivity
When sludge dewatering is used to treat water and wastewater, productivity typically increases. Cities large and small power the water that goes to businesses, which rely on it to be free of toxins so they can continue to operate without disruption. For example, textile companies that dye fabric need large quantities of clean water to produce colorful products, such as jeans and pillows.
The residue from production can run off to create sludge, which can destroy the foundations of buildings. If this sludge is not disposed of efficiently, sites can shut down, completely halting productivity. However, employing sludge dewatering techniques can prevent these issues.
3. Environmentally Friendly
Although some water treatment applications offer agility, many lack sustainability. Large city water plants and industrial companies sometimes use treatment methods that use large volumes of water. Furthermore, the disposal of the waste requires heavy machinery, extensive amounts of energy, and transportation methods that often rely on gases that contribute to carbon emissions. Applying dewatering techniques that use organic chemicals, such as flocculants, reduces these environmentally harmful practices, making sludge dewatering a sustainable technical application.
4. Enhanced Performance
Using sludge dewatering to take care of sludge deposits from mineral or biological bodies can significantly enhance the performance of the disposal process, in comparison to conventional methods. Sludge dewatering handles different types of sludge, including slimy or oily sludge, with agility. Also, performance is enhanced since it does not require storage for the sludge or thickeners.
5. Preserves Foundations
When soil is drenched with water from snow run-off or torrential rainfall, it can collect at the base of a building and corrode its foundation. This becomes a huge issue for buildings, especially those that are more than 50 years old — creating a drain to alleviate the saturation of the soil is not a good solution for historic buildings that must retain their original exteriors. However, you can apply the technique of sludge dewatering to remove destructive moisture from the ground while preserving a building’s foundation.
In summary, when it’s time for the final step of treating wastewater and water, sludge dewatering is an optimal technical application to use. Industrial and municipal water treatment plants stand to experience better performance, increased productivity and lower costs when employing this efficient method.