Article | July 28, 2010

Natural Odor Control For Wastewater Treatment Processes

Source: OMI Industries
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Natural Odor Control

Industrial and municipal wastewater treatment generates odors that can be strong, persistent,and a nuisance to employees, residents, businesses, and industries located near the wastewater treatment plant.

Odors are generated in varying degrees throughout the wastewater treatment process with the main odor-generating areas being pump stations, head works, clarifiers, digesters, aeration basins, lagoons and sludge handling areas. Odors that are generally associated with this process include hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, skatoles, mercaptans, amines and indoles.

Each plant has its own particular problem areas, all of which can be remedied with the atomization of Ecosorb® odor control products at strategic points to manage these industrial smells.

Hydrogen sulfide is a serious problem in wastewater treatment plants. Fogging systems installed at the bar screens and digesters solve the problem. In some cases Ecosorb® odor control products can be diluted with plant water for economical operation.

Many food processing facilities have their own wastewater treatment plants. Controlling odors becomes two-fold: the smells generated from the processed food along with those of the wastewater lagoons need to be removed. Ecosorb® odor neutralization products are approved for use in food processing plants and are also safe for the environment.