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6 Advantages of Using Industrial Water Filtration

Eatay Pomeranz<br>Technology Manager
Eatay Pomeranz
Technology Manager // 06 Mar. 2024
Eatay has over thirty years of experience in filtration and water treatment in the agriculture and industrial sectors

Industrial filtration is essential as it ensures the quality and reliability of water used in various industrial processes. Contaminants, sediments, and impurities can jeopardize equipment effectiveness and longevity without proper filtration, resulting in higher maintenance costs, production downtime, and regulatory noncompliance.

In this blog post, we go into more detail about the advantages that can be gained from implementing efficient industrial water filtration systems.

6 Advantages of Using Industrial Water Filtration

Industrial water filtration is an important part of modern manufacturing and production processes, with economic, environmental, and operational benefits. Here is a brief explanation of the six main advantages:

  1. Improved Water Quality: Industrial water filtration systems successfully remove pollutants and impurities, providing cleaner water for industrial processes, manufacturing, and consumption.
  2. Extended Equipment Lifespan: Industrial water filtration systems keep equipment in top working condition longer by preventing clogging, reducing scale and silt accumulation, and corrosion on sensitive equipment surfaces. Equipment that is kept clean is less likely to require repairs or replacements, which reduces maintenance costs.
  3. Increased Efficiency: Cleaner water ensures that industrial operations work more smoothly, reducing downtime due to equipment failures and keeping production disruptions to a minimum, leading to increased efficiency and productivity.
  4. Cost Savings: Industrial water filtration systems can lead to considerable long-term cost savings due to reduced maintenance, longer equipment lifespan, and fewer production interruptions.
  5. Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility: Implementing effective water filtration systems promotes responsible water use and reduces the environmental impact of industrial processes.
  6. Regulatory Compliance: For many industries, meeting water quality standards and environmental regulations is vital. Industrial wastewater filtration ensures that wastewater discharge complies with regulatory requirements, avoiding fines and penalties. Note that regulations and standards vary worldwide.

Environmental Regulations: Ensuring wastewater won’t harm the environment

Environmental regulations for wastewater are essential for preserving the environment, human health, and the long-term sustainability of our water resources.

  1. Protection of Ecosystems: Wastewater can contain pollutants and contaminants that, if not treated, can severely damage aquatic ecosystems. Environmental regulations ensure that wastewater discharges comply with specific quality standards, protecting rivers, lakes and oceans, and preserving biodiversity.
  2. Public Health and Safety: Untreated or improperly treated wastewater can contain pathogens and chemicals that pose serious health risks to humans and other living organisms. Environmental regulations establish guidelines to protect public health by minimizing exposure to waterborne diseases and hazardous substances.
  3. Pollution Prevention and Resource Conservation: Environmental regulations encourage the use of wastewater treatment and recycling procedures to reduce the environmental footprint of industries and municipalities. This encourages sustainable and responsible resource management.

Industrial water filtration systems lower maintenance costs and increase treatment efficiency

Lowered Maintenance Costs

Industrial water filtration systems remove contaminants and particles from the water supply before they reach downstream equipment, including pumps, valves, and heat exchangers. This prevents these components from becoming clogged or fouled with debris and also decreases the need for frequent maintenance and cleaning.

Improved Efficiency

Industrial water filtration keeps water quality consistent, critical for the efficient operation of industrial processes. When water quality is maintained at optimal levels, equipment and systems can operate more efficiently, reducing the risk of malfunctions and downtime, adding up to increased productivity and lower shutdown costs. Efficient equipment typically consumes less energy, which can lead to significant long-term savings.

The diagram below illustrates the various steps in the wastewater treatment process:

wastewater proccess
Typical wastewater treatment plant

 

Tertiary Wastewater Treatment and Worldwide Water Shortage

Population expansion, urbanization, climate change, and inefficient water management are all adding to the world’s growing water scarcity. Proper tertiary wastewater treatment contributes to sustainable water supply in a variety of ways:

  1. Wastewater Reuse: Tertiary wastewater treatment includes advanced techniques such as filtration, disinfection, and nutrient removal, which produce high-quality treated effluent. This effluent can then safely be reused for non-potable uses like landscape irrigation, industrial processes, and even some residential applications. Reusing treated wastewater reduces demand on freshwater supplies, thus helping to alleviate water scarcity.
  1. Protection of Water Bodies: Effective tertiary treatment helps to ensure that treated wastewater discharged into rivers, lakes, or seas meets strict water quality requirements. This protects aquatic ecosystems as well as the health of communities relying on these bodies of water for drinking water, recreation, and other needs. Tertiary treatment helps to save water resources by minimizing pollutants in receiving waters.
  1. Groundwater Recharge: Tertiary-treated wastewater can be returned to aquifers in areas with depleted groundwater. This helps to replenish subsurface water reservoirs, which are frequently a critical source of freshwater.
  1. Sustainable Agriculture: Tertiary-treated wastewater is suitable for agricultural irrigation. By providing a steady and stable source of water for farming, it reduces the pressure on traditional freshwater sources and contributes to agricultural productivity, particularly in water-scarce regions.
  1. Addressing Water Stress: In water-stressed areas, effective tertiary wastewater treatment can be incorporated into comprehensive water management plans. By maximizing wastewater treatment and reuse, these areas can make better use of their existing water resources, potentially reducing the severity of water stress and increasing drought resistance.

As global water scarcity worsens, proper tertiary wastewater treatment becomes an increasingly important component of long-term water supply. By guaranteeing safe and efficient wastewater treatment and reuse, it reduces the burden on freshwater supplies and protects the environment. Comprehensive water management, including wastewater treatment and reuse, is critical to a more sustainable and water-secure future.

Summary

Industrial water filtration offers numerous benefits, including improved water quality, extended equipment lifespan, increased efficiency, regulatory compliance, cost savings, and environmental responsibility.

Amiad’s filtration solutions are ideally suited to help cope with the numerous challenges faced by a variety of industries.

We offer a full range of industrial wastewater filters and technological solutions that will improve the efficiency of your processes and lower operating costs by reducing solid loads, chemical usage and downtime.

FAQs

 What are industrial water filters?

Industrial water filters remove contaminants and particles from industrial water, ensuring that the processes used in various industries remain as efficient as possible.

What is tertiary wastewater treatment?

This is the final phase in treating the wastewater, also called the polishing stage. Tertiary treatment is required to eliminate hazardous bacteria, viruses, parasites, inorganics, nitrogen, and phosphorus, allowing it to be safely discharged into the environment or reused for industrial or irrigation purposes. Depending on the eventual application, wastewater can be treated via filtration, coagulation, chlorination, ozonation, UV treatment, activated carbon absorption, or ion exchange.

What is treated wastewater used for?

Properly treated wastewater can be reused for a variety of applications, including agricultural/landscape irrigation, industrial processes such as cooling tower makeup water and livestock drinking water.

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Wastewater Filtration in an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) System, Denmark