What comes to mind when you think of wastewater? You’re probably thinking about your restroom or the murky mess that is left after you’re done scouring your pots and pans. Yes, that’s wastewater, but so is the run-off from your washing machine, the puddles in the street on a rainy day, the excess liquid from irrigation farming, or the splashes on the road when you wash your car.
Water is a finite resource which means unlike sunlight or oxygen, it’s possible for water to run out. For this reason, we often recycle our wastewater so that we can use it again. Even if the water is not intended for re-use, it needs to be treated so that it can be safely disposed of in a way that doesn’t damage the environment.
Of course, you don’t want to drink the water that has just washed your car, and you definitely don’t want the blue-green liquid from the swimming pool. In order to make water suitable for re-use or disposal, it needs to be treated and processed to remove germs, bacteria, dirt, and other toxins. This treatment is done using a complex system of tools, pipes, chemicals, and recycling machinery.
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You may have done simple filtration experiments in science class. The kind that involved pouring water into a plastic dishes and passing it through several layers of soil, sand, silt, and stone. While this process is useful in removing basic dirt from wastewater, commercial filtration needs to be much more thorough and use heavy duty design and machinery.
Toxins in wastewater can range from mild detergents to toxic chemicals or fatal biological organisms. If any of these materials leak into the environment, they can do a lot of damage to human beings, animals, plants, or even buildings. Wastewater can be corrosive and can thus destroy metal, plastic, wood, or concrete.
Using safe, stable, heavy duty filtration systems ensures that leaks are minimised and that the potential for spillage and corrosion is kept under control. Heavy duty systems include safety valves, fail-safe devices, and other checks and balances that make the filtration process efficient and effective. It reduces the likelihood of industrial accidents and keeps filtration staff – as well as the general public – safe and healthy.
Wastewater filtration systems come in many shapes and sizes, and Interfil offers a wide range of options for all your filtration needs. We have vertical cleaners, manual cleaners, semi-automatic cleaners, and fully automated cleaning systems. Some of our products are designed to skim oil, while others focus of extracting the maximum liquid from sludge, resulting in drier, less toxic waste for landfills. We also have filtration membranes whose particle removal ranges from 150 microns to 5 microns.
If you’d like more information about filtration systems please call us on +61 2 9533 4433. We’re happy to help.