J. Peter Clark

Food and beverage plants can produce large quantities of relatively strong wastewater. Water is used in recipes and for washing raw materials, transporting materials in flumes, cleaning equipment, raising steam, and cooling. Compared to sanitary wastewater generated by homes and apartments, industrial wastewater in general, and food wastewater in particular, is typically more concentrated in dissolved and suspended solids and more variable in flow and pH. Food wastewater may also be high in fats…

Aerobic treatment system, the Membrane Biological Reactor from ADI Systems Inc., is based on the Kubota flat-membrane concept. Photo shows the membrane basin during clean water testing.

Anaerobic treatment system, the Mobilized Film Technology system from Ecovation, Inc., generates up to 184 million BTU of renewable energy to offset as much as 25% of a customer’s energy needs. The typical design shown is being further optimized.

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