How Much Water Does a Slurry Water System Clean?

November 13, 2018
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If you’re in the concrete industry, you have wastewater (and in wet processes, slurry) and it needs to go somewhere. That somewhere should NOT be down the drain untreated, or thrown into a nearby body of water, or absorbed into the ground. Doing so subjects your business to fines, and it hurts the earth’s resources. We all need to take a collective stance to take care of our natural resources—water specifically.


Sure, cleaning up slurry takes time and money, and it can be messy, but it needs to be done. Thankfully, there are cost-effective options out there, and not just chemicals for coagulating or vacuum systems that aren’t that effective in the first place. Filter presses are both efficient and cost effective. If you’re working on a job site with smaller applications, a portable machine is ideal.


The Mud Hen is designed for portability. It can fit in an elevator or a standard door. But how much water can it handle and clean? Mud Hen slurry systems are typically used in applications up to 20 gallons per minute and under 10 cubic feet of solids per day. That means over 200 gallons of slurry water can be treated per hour. Cleaning takes less than 3 minutes, and filter slabs can be disposed of easily. Higher applications than this will require a more traditional—and less portable—filter press.


There are a few factors that will impact the speed and amount your slurry system can clean per minute.

  • Solid loads (percent of solids in the water)
  • Peak flow and daily flow
  • Nature of the solids (ex. How fast the solids settle and how large the particles are in size)


These are all factors you should consider when cleaning your slurry and choosing the appropriate machine for the job. Don’t dump—clean your water for reuse or safe disposal.