Traditional Treatment vs. Clay-Based Treatment
If you are generating low volumes of wastewater, 1 to 30 gallons per minute consider using clay-based treatment over using traditional treatment chemical treatment for coagulation-flocculation. What’s the difference? When using clay-based treatment the coagulants and flocculants are pre-blended in dry form with sodium-based bentonite clay. The blend is packaged in easy to store and easy to handle 50 pound bags. The blend is typically dispensed from a dry feed hopper into a wastewater mix tank. With traditional chemicals, the coagulant and flocculants are stored in liquid form. Storing liquid chemicals requires a containment area to prevent spills and special procedures to ensure worker safety. The pre-blended dry products are a one-step process and they are simply easier to use and in some cases, produce better results. However, when the wastewater flow rate is around 30 GPM or higher it is usually less expensive in terms of chemical costs to use liquid chemistry.
We Can Help You Make A Decision
Wilson Environmental can perform bench-scale jar testing to estimate chemical costs for both methods and assist you in making this decision.