If you’re in an industry that deals with slurry as a by-product of grinding, cutting, polishing, or another method, you may be wondering if you need dewatering technology. Dewatering is the process of removing water from solid material or soil. The process can be completed several different ways—some easier than others—including wet classification, centrifugation, filtration, or another solid-liquid separation process.
You may question whether or not you need dewatering technology, or if you can simply dump your slurry once you’ve completed the process that produced it. Before you determine if you need dewatering technology, you should ask yourself a few questions.
What are your costs to dispose?
Disposing your slurry untreated could subject you to serious fines. It may also be expensive if you have to send it offsite to have it treated at another facility or disposed of at another site.
Are there concerns over regulations and liability of the slurry or water runoff?
Depending on the regulations in your area, you may be subjected to serious fines and even jailtime if you illegally dump your slurry. Simply dumping wastewater and slurry untreated can pose serious hazards to the environment. Not only are many areas experiencing water shortages and other forms of water stress, the environment is in serious need. By dumping untreated wastewater into rivers, lakes, and oceans, or by letting it seep into groundwater resources, you are contributing to declining ecosystems. Keep in mind that water is regulated on a local, state, and federal level. It is also regulated by specific organizations, so you need to pay careful attention to make sure you aren’t violating any of these laws and regulations. If you aren’t aware of the agencies that regulate water, find more information here: https://fullcirclewater.com/who-polices-water/
Is handling difficult and time-consuming?
Handling your slurry may be difficult and time-consuming. That may just mean that you haven’t invested in effective dewatering technology. Have you tried an easier dewatering method, like a filter press?
Are there health concerns over exposure to the slurry?
Slurry can be particularly hazardous to handle. In most cases, it shouldn’t be touched with ungloved hands. However, in many cases, turning dust (such as silica dust) into slurry can make it easier to manage and dispose of.
The question is not whether or not you need to dewater, but whether or not you need technology to help you. Investing in an effective method of dewatering, such as a filter press, can smooth out your process.