Process Water Overview
Process water is an umbrella term used to refer to a wide range of water streams. It could include treating city water for an ultrapure application, recycling wastewater in a closed loop system, or discharging designated process water to a sewer or surface system. When treating on the use side, there are often quality or compliance requirements that are critical to a company’s operations. When treating for reuse, there is often a need to ensure that the treated water doesn’t negatively impact the reuse process in question. When discharging water, customers are often trying to comply with various discharge requirements related to their process operations. WaterTectonics provides a turnkey approach to addressing process water treatment issues and developing sound technical and commercial solutions to complex problems.
How WaterTectonics Evaluates Process Water Applications
Process water treatment projects can be driven by several factors including changes to a company’s process/product, changing costs/options related to current treatment or disposal options, and/or changing regulations around supply or discharge of water. Our team works closely with customers to better understand project goals and techno-economic drivers so that we can uncover opportunities for value. Once we have a clear understanding of the goals, we can engage clients through a suite of pre-engineering services like as-built audits, mass balance analyses, and bench-scale testing services. Once we’ve developed a sound plan, we can provide treatment systems through a variety of purchase, rental, and cost-per-volume basis to meet the customer’s commercial goals for the project.
Important Considerations for Process Water Applications
Many process water projects involve a stream that is generated on a continuous basis but may not necessarily be homogeneous over time. Understanding the stream variability on both a quality and volume basis are key for designing a successfully operating system. Depending on the nature of treatment required, it can also be the case the operational costs sometimes outweigh capital costs. In these scenarios, we work with our customers to model liquid, solid, and sludge wastes and evaluate the benefits of further processing of these streams.