A water treatment investment is typically made for one of two reasons. Most often it is due to stringent environmental standards. Or, it may be a good corporate citizen who wants to do what’s best for the environment.
Many businesses, small and large, are being required to make adjustments to their cleaning practices. Although the Clean Water Act has existed for over 20 years, it has been only in the last 5-10 years that increased enforcement has created a growing market for point-of-use water recovery systems
While recycling systems can remove suspended solids and FOG’s (fats, oils and greases), they typically cannot eliminate contaminants such as leftover detergents, acid, alkalis and salts. The sophistication of the state-of-the-art equipment to remove these contaminants makes such systems expensive and not user friendly.
For this reason, it is important to carefully monitor what is allowed to enter the system. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by managing your waste streams.
Recovering water for reuse is often misunderstood. Water is the “universal solvent”. It dissolves salt, coffee, sugar, iron, calcium, magnesium, etc. It makes up the majority of what is in emulsions and homogenous mixtures such as milk, machine coolants, blood, perfume, Coca Cola, beer, etc. It is used to leach out color from plants, clay, etc., for dyes. It is used to make tea, soups from meat, beans, peas, corn, carrots, and potatoes to name a few.