Sludge can ooze money

Wednesday, 28 April, 2010

For municipal and industrial applications, sludge dewatering with belt filter presses and plate filter presses has proven to be an economical means of reducing sludge volumes produced from wastewater treatment plants. Depending on the volumes to be treated, payback periods on the capital cost of a dewatering plant can be as little as three months and rarely exceeds 16 months. John Koumoukelis reports:

Sludge produced by industrial trade waste plants generally arises from dissolved air flotation (DAF), sedimentation or biological processes. Liquid sludge requires tankers to remove and dispose of the waste. Disposal involves either soil injection or further processing at industrial or sewerage treatment plants. Depending on the location of the plant, transport and disposal costs can amount to significant levels.

The installation of a mechanical sludge dewatering plant, however, can produce a reduction of up to 97% in the volume of waste. The final cake produced is in a spadable form that can be beneficially reused, composted or sent to landfill. How can this be achieved?

Technologies available for dewatering liquid sludges include:

  • belt filter presses
  • plate filter presses
  • decanter centrifuges
  • inclined sludge presses

The selection of dewatering technology is dependent upon the sludge properties and volume to be treated. In general, belt filter presses will treat sludge generated from a variety of industrial applications, including food processing, dairy, meat and abattoirs.

To cater for the range of different applications, AJM/Eimco Water Technologies has a range of sludge dewatering equipment to suit, including belt filter presses, plate filter presses, centrifuges and inclined sludge presses.

Payback periods

When considering capital, maintenance and operating costs, sludge dewatering with belt filter presses yields payback periods as little as three months and rarely exceeding 16 months.

Feasibility and assessment

The suitability of various technologies available for sludge dewatering is based on experience. In some instances it may be necessary to carry out on-site assessment to review the plant, followed by bench trials to assess the properties of the sludge.

By John Koumoukelis

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