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topic 29033

Wastewater treatment: Detergent removal from carwash effluent



2004

Hi, we are in the field of water and wastewater treatment. We have installed a car wash recycling unit. The effluent from the car wash contains mainly emulsified oil and latex/rubber used for coating along with detergents.

We used lime and alum with good success. but the sludge generation is pretty high. Presently, we are using cationic polymer for the same. but we are not able to remove the detergents from the effluent and this is causing problems in the DAF unit provided.

Can anyone help in giving a good solution for the same. The detergents are posing a problem for the RO plant which is installed to rescue the TDS.

Thanks,

Raamakrishnan
wastewater - Manama, Bahrain


2004

Consider electrolytic treatment such as electrocoagulation. I have seen it reduce foaming from alcohol fire fighting foam, one of the most effective foaming agents. It can also eliminate the lime and alum, reducing your sludge.

paul morkovsky
Paul Morkovsky
- Shiner, Texas, USA

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