On average, each American uses 60 gallons of water per day. Most people don’t think twice about the water they use for everyday purposes such as doing laundry, washing dishes, flushing toilets, washing hands, showering, and bathing. This number can become exponentially greater when you take in the amount of water required to water gardens, lawns, and fill swimming pools. At IFM, using wastewater as a resource is what we do. Wastewater can be utilized for green energy, energy conservation, and can help dramatically lower the cost of water utilized by industrial manufacturing processes. Read on to learn how companies like IFM are using wastewater as a resource!

Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion utilizes biodegradable materials such as industrial wastewater, food waste, livestock manure, and commercial organic waste to produce fuel that contains more than three times the amount of energy it would need to treat the waste traditionally. Gathered wastewater is transported to an anaerobic digester, which is essentially a covered, air tight tank. By applying naturally-occurring micro-organisms, bacterial cultures, and micronutrients, this wastewater can produce raw biogas and digestate.

Wastewater Bioaugmentation

Think of it this way; if you add yeast to barley and hops, the fermentation process will create beer. Add microorganisms, cultures, and other nutrients to wastewater, and you’ll get biogas, which is almost 50% methane. This methane can be used as a green, renewable fuel for heating systems, furnaces, and boilers. Biogas can also be used by turbines to help generate energy. Once the non-methane compounds are removed, this fuel can replace natural gas in multiple applications, such as automobile fuel, electricity, and the fuel found in the national pipeline grid.

Water Recycling in Industrial Manufacturing

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The usefulness of anaerobic digestion and other bioaugmentation processes doesn’t stop there; digestate are solid and liquid digested material created by these processes, which can be used for a multitude of applications like fertilizer, livestock bedding, soil amendments, nutrients, and compost.

IFM serves multiple municipal and industrial entities through customized safe and effective water reuse and recycling processes. Water reuse is especially important, as 20% of the world’s water is used by global industrial manufacturing plants and factories. More and more national and international mandates are beginning to require companies to treat and purify their water for reuse in other areas of their manufacturing and production processes. This helps save millions of gallons of clean water per year, which can then be utilized for clean drinking water. The bottom line is this: why discharge your manufacturing wastewater when it can be recycled and reused as feed water for another part of production?

Uses of Treated Wastewater

Treated effluent water (“effluent” meaning the water discharged from a water treatment plant) can be used for industrial cooling, sanitation purposes, electricity production, recovering arid land, fire systems, industrial water processes, and the irrigation of non-food crops and food crops. Wastewater reuse and recycling is beneficial to the global environment, as it reduces the usage of clean drinking water for these processes. Reusing wastewater also helps reduce the impact that industrial effluent and sewage discharge has on our environment. Here are just a few of the water recycling benefits:

• Reduce wastewater processing limitation
• Help reduce water scarcity
• Increase sustainability efforts to reduce the water use footprint
• Provide social responsibility, which boosts community-positive company image
• Improve production capacity due to increased availability of clean water
• Reduce wastewater flows
• Increase operational efficiency
• Reduce fresh water discharge costs
• Protect the environment and the local (and global) wildlife population

Water Treatment and Wastewater Services

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IFM has been in the business of water cycle services since 1992. We are at the forefront of new, innovative water recycling processes, including anaerobic digestion, ion exchange, closed circuit RO, reverse osmosis, and ultrafiltration. Industrial Fluid Management can provide the training, operations, and supervisory assistance for both industrial and municipal treatment facilities, as well as provide custom design-build water and wastewater solutions.

At IFM, we’re in the business of saving the world’s water. For more information, give us a call at (866) 435-4436 toll-free, or click here to visit our contact page.