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Methods For Industrial Wastewater Treatment Most industrial processes use water and consequently, produce wastewater containing substances that are toxic. Factories producing pharmaceutical products, pesticides, paints, dyes, petrochemicals, or detergents, generate wastewater contaminated with particulates or dissolved by-products. Wastewater from fossil-fuel power plants generally contain mercury, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, selenium and nitrogen compounds in significant levels. Agricultural and food processing operations produce wastewater that may have non-toxic and biodegradable content, but these usually have high concentrations of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and suspended solids. High levels of antibiotics, growth hormones and parasite control agents from animals may also be present in wastewater generated by slaughter houses. Wastwater from food processing facilities contain considerable amounts of fats, oil or grease (FOG); salt, acids, alkali, compounds used for flavoring; food preservatives and other plant organic material. Gasification products like benzene, naphthalene, anthracene, ammonia, phenols, cresols and polycyclic aromatic carbons find their way into water that serve as coolant or lubricant in iron and steel industrial plants. High concentrations of toxic substances are found in mine tailings from copper, gold or silver mines contain. Pulp and paper mills produce wastewater that have chloroform, dioxins, furans, phenols and high quantities of suspended solids. Water for processing wool also contains insecticide residues as well as animal fats. The operation of nuclear plants and radio-chemical laboratories results to production of radio-active wastewater. Water treatment plants also produce certain by-products that require further treatment.
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Wastewater left untreated is considered a pollutant. Industries must comply with environmental protection laws which require the treatment of wastewater before being released into the environment (as effluent) or recycling back for use in the industrial process. Various treatment processes are employed, with several methods able to isolate and accumulate compounds or elements that are re-injected into the industrial process involved, sold for use elsewhere, or rendered inert and disposed off in accordance with relevant regulations.
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It is a common stage in most wastewater treatment regimes to remove or recover suspended solids found in the water. Course-sized particles may easily be segregated as sludge or slurry that can be subjected to further processing, depending on the chemicals such slurry may contain. Very fine particles (and those with densities near to that of water) may require filtration and flocculation techniques. FOG found as large oil droplets on the water surface may be taken out with skimmers. More complex systems such as API (American Petroleum Institute) oil-water separators, parallel plate separators, or hydrocyclone oil separators may have to be employed for removing emulsified oils. Conventional sewage treatment using activated sludge or trickling filter systems are employed for treating biodegradable organic compounds. Treatment methods for synthetic organic materials found in wastewater include advanced oxidation processing, distillation, adsorption, vitrification, incineration, chemical immobilization and landfill disposal. Leakage of untreated wastewater into the ground may occur, requiring soil remediation techniques to decontaminate the soil as well.