120,000 gallons poultry processing wastewater and 80,000 gallons of manure generated daily. Water demand was approaching supply capacity and sometimes inadequate. A complex problem involving manure management, TDS content, recycling, drinking water and wastewater treatment.
TSD proposed a membrane bioreactor (MBR) for the treatment of the processing wastewater that is then recycled to satisfy the needs of the poultry growing operations. Water use will be reduced by approximately 60% with demand on aquifer dramatically reduced. Water use, discharge volumes and disposal methods all combine to eliminate a number of regulatory reporting/permitting requirements. All this will be accomplished with a capital expenditure of about 60% of the initially proposed conventional treatment/disposal system.
NE, United States
120,000 gpd process; 80,000 gpd manure
Approximately 150,000 gallons of high strength wastewater generated daily which would violate discharge limitations if discharged. Large volume of plant based residuals from processing and wastewater treatment to be managed. Little expertise in wastewater operations and desire to “stay out of the wastewater treatment business.”
TSD designed and oversaw installation of a pH control and dissolved air flotation system (DAF) to remove solids from wastewater to achieve compliance. In addition, TSD was retained to operate the system and has been doing so for over 10 years. Over that period, the facility has achieved 100% compliance with local and state regulations and received a number of Operation Excellence Awards from state organizations for system compliance and performance. TSD’s role expanded to responsibility for environmental compliance for the entire facility including record keeping, training and report preparation/submission for all programs including the management of community right to know, stormwater, residuals tracking and reporting, hazardous waste disposal and others.
NE, United States
Facility was acquired and growing, in both production and wastewater volumes. Due to unusual regulatory structure, the increased wastewater flow triggered more stringent regulations, requiring the installation of a complete secondary treatment system.
TSD was retained to assist in the characterization of wastewater and volumes and then develop a strategy to address the discharge regulations, current and future. In the process of developing this strategy, it became evident that the strength of the wastewater was above industry standards and the need for process controls became critical. TSD was fundamentally involved with projecting the future, post-optimization pollutant levels, developing a wastewater flow projection and retaining a firm for the Design-Build contract for the installation of the wastewater treatment system.
Small, but growing meat processing facility had a need to replace current system of grease traps and pumps to allow discharge to local municipality. Client wants to “stay out of the wastewater treatment business.”
TSD has worked with this client for over 20 years in addressing wastewater concerns for several facilities throughout the SE Pennsylvania area. Key was to provide a solution to address the relatively small wastewater flow without installing a “typical”, labor and cost intensive wastewater treatment system. Aggressive in-plant process controls coupled with a series of passive grease/solids removal systems accomplished the objective of satisfying local regulators, minimal cost and simple operations.