Sludge is a semi-solid slurry produced by a number of industrial and municipal processes.The goal of sludge dewatering is to concentrate wastes into high-solids filter cakes, which can be easily and cheaply disposed of. Sludge disposal is subject to stringent regulations.
What is Wastewater treatment plant sludge dewatering?
Sludge is formed during the treatment of wastewater before it is released back into the environment.
Sludge is a by-product extracted from slurry, during the process of industrial or municipal wastewater treatment, and has long been a source of concern. Dewatering the sludge with a dewatering filter press reduces its weight and volume, before disposal significantly.
Why is sludge dewatering required?
The two main goals of sludge dewatering are waste reduction and overall cost efficiency in disposal. Furthermore, stabilized sludge can be handled more safely and reduces health risks. Some sludges have a high potential for beneficial reuse and can be applied to land. In general, both the public and private sectors must dispose of sludge in ways, which are approved by regulatory agencies, meet their own organizational requirements, and are environmentally safe.
What is the sludge dewatering process?
Sludge must first be conditioned using mineral chemicals such as iron salts and lime, before the dewatering process can begin. Organic chemicals, such as coagulants and flocculants, are another option. Following conditioning, the sludge is thickened using flotation, gravity belt, a thickening drum/screw drum, or a centrifuge.
Once the conditioning step is complete, it is time to determine which dewatering technique is best. The selection of a sludge treatment method is influenced by a number of factors, including the characteristics, volume, timing, and disposal options available. Belt filters, centrifuges, and frame filter presses are the three most common dewatering methods.
Benefits of Sludge Dewatering
· Waste Volume Reduction: It focuses on weight and volume reduction to reduce waste disposal costs. Water removal is the primary means of reducing volume, before the sludge by-product can be economically disposed of.
· Transportation Cost Savings: Sludge management can be an expensive business. Cakes with a high solids content are less expensive. Dewatering equipment is an effective tool for managing sludge accumulation, and lowering transportation and storage costs.
· Recycling of Wastewater: Another advantage of sludge dewatering is the ability to recycle wastewater. Industries and communities can reclaim treated water from sludge dewatering, once it is free of hazards and contaminants. Even though the water is typically not potable, it has a wide range of applications. Steam powered plants are one example of how reclaimed water can benefit a business or community.
· Eco-Friendly: Finally, sludge dewatering is beneficial to the environment in several ways. The first is that it reduces the volume of waste to a more compact, manageable size for disposal. While, the dry cakes are discarded, reusing the filtrate can reduce the demand for new sources of water required for treatment in municipal and industrial wastewater plants, as well as the overall amount of water required for treatment.
When it comes to sludge dewatering equipment, filter presses are a tried-and-true, low-cost solution for waste reduction. Filter presses are efficient at removing excess water from a wide range of industrial and municipal wastewater sludges, and are effective for most types of sludge.
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