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Reduce Turbid Water

Turbid water is present in a range of industrial facilities across Washington. If you own an industrial facility, you must ensure that your building utilizes adequate water treatment solutions to prevent the turbid water from returning to the environment.

Our Washington Stormwater team has spent years navigating water treatment challenges for industrial clients like you. We’ve helped manufacturing facilities, airports, mining plants, and numerous other industrial sites install the industrial wastewater treatment systems they need to reduce turbid water and meet EPA guidelines for stormwater and wastewater runoff.


What is Turbid Water?

Turbidity is an optical measure used to determine the purity of water. When water is turbid, it contains tiny particles or solids invisible to the naked eye, giving the water a cloudy appearance.

When environmental agencies conduct water quality tests, they examine the water’s cloudiness to measure its turbidity, and therefore, impurity. To determine a turbidity measurement, these agencies often use nephelometers or turbidimeters, which measure the light intensity passing through the water.

The higher the turbidity in a water sample, the more small particles are suspended in the water, indicating the water’s impurity. Generally, highly turbid water suggests that your facility’s water treatment systems are not performing well enough to meet water quality standards.

What Causes Turbid Water in Industrial Facilities?

Your industrial facility’s water treatment systems probably filter water from two sources: stormwater, which is runoff from precipitation that lands on your industrial site, and wastewater, which is any water byproduct from your manufacturing or commercial processes.

Both of these water types can become turbid when they encounter pollutants and contaminants. Often, industrial wastewater becomes turbid from the following pollutants:

  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Excessive calcium
  • Dissolved metals
  • Pathogens
  • Inorganic matter
  • Sediment

While oxygen and calcium are not harmful, many other water contaminants are. As a result, removing these contaminants is essential to meeting EPA regulations for water runoff and ensuring environmentally friendly manufacturing processes.

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Chitosan-Enhanced Sand Filtration: Our Industrial Wastewater Treatment Solution

One of the primary systems we use to treat turbid water in industrial facilities is chitosan-enhanced sand filtration (CESF). This filtration process uses chitosan to attract the small particles suspended in your water, preventing them from sticking to filters. CESF is one of the most effective, high-tech methods to treat turbid water in a range of applications.

Our CESF units are highly flexible, allowing easy industrial site installation. Contact our Washington Stormwater team today at (360) 625-8366 to learn more about our industrial wastewater treatment solutions.

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