How to Treat Wastewater from Iron and Steel Industry?
The iron and steel industry is frequently regarded as one of the primary forces driving a country's economic and technological progress. Historically, it has experienced tremendous growth as a result of globalization and industrialization. Steel consumption is increasing across India, and so is water consumption.
In India, for example, producing a metric tonne of steel necessitates the use of 60 m3 of water.
Unfortunately, steel production is also associated with widespread pollution. Water is used in a variety of processes, including cooling, descaling, and dust scrubbing. However, very little water is actually consumed, with the majority being reused or discharged. Fresh water is typically used for processes and cooling, whereas seawater is typically used in once-through cooling systems following pretreatment.
How is water used in the steel plants?
Water is used in every shop of a steel plant and for almost all water-related functions. Water is essential for the operation of a steel plant. As a result, steel plants are typically built near abundant sources of fresh water in order to ensure the availability and quality of water required by the steel plant. However, greater emphasis is now placed on the management of available water resources in the steel plant environment, particularly in terms of water quality, quantity, and usage.
A steel plant uses a large amount of water for steam generation, cooling, water transfer, and dust control, among other things. The plant's processes cannot take place unless water is available. Every stage of production necessitates a massive amount of water. Less than 10% of this water is actually consumed, and the remainder is usually returned to the system.
Remediation of Water
Many steel plants are in desperate need of new water treatment technology. Legacy treatment methods cannot completely remediate water for reclamation, but newer techniques such as membrane separation show great promise.
Hazardous compounds found in typical steel industry waste streams include the complex organic compounds, benzene toluene xylene (BTX) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), cyanide, ammonia, thiocyanate, phenols, and cresols. These compounds present difficulties in treatment.
Many different technologies may be used during the treatment stages. Physical separation, such as gravity settling, screening, and oil removal, is commonly used in the initial stages, but membrane technology such as Reverse Osmosis is now a viable alternative. The method of coagulation-flocculation is then commonly used. Then, advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are commonly used for disinfection as well as total dissolved solids reduction (TDS).
UV photolysis, hydrogen peroxide oxidation, photo-oxidation, electrochemical oxidation, and ozonation are some examples.
Water recovery in the steel industry entails cooling and desalinating water to control salt concentration in circulation systems, as well as reducing fresh water consumption and discharge while improving steel quality and equipment service life. Combining treatment methods such as membrane separation, chemical treatments, reverse osmosis, and ultrafiltration can produce high levels of contaminant removal and deliver reusable effluents that are easier on equipment, eco-friendly, and more cost-effective than discharging untreated water into the environment.
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