Toxic waste water pollutants

De Montfort University, Leicester successfully trialled a pioneering new system to clean toxic industrial waste waters at our Waste Water Development Centre in Bo’ness.

The University’s Waste Water Research Group was keen to find a new way to treat industrial waste water on the hazardous priority list from the petroleum, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Waste water produced from these industries is full of toxic contaminants and aren’t biodegradable by nature or by traditional biological treatments used at municipal authorities.  Its safe disposal is therefore critical before it can be released back into the environment.

Following months of research and development, the University team carried out scientific testing of a revolutionary new process to effectively pre-treat waste water pollutants.

Keen to ensure the new process worked at an industrial scale, the team approached us to carry out field trials at our Waste Water Development Centre in Bo’ness.

By piloting their process reactor at our testing facility, the team showed they could successfully pre-treat industrial waste by removing toxic pollutants to a level that would enable the waste to be treated locally.

By firstly removing oil and toxic compounds from simulated produced water and then removing all pesticides to negligible concentrations, the resultant waste water was treated safely enough to meet stringent regulatory standards.

For companies who use this revolutionary system in the future, this means treating waste more economically and sustainably – with the potential to benefit our health and the environment.

  • “We’re really pleased with the pilot results. Having the opportunity to conduct scenario testing in a live environment was instrumental to achieving the results we’d hoped for.”

    Professor Huddersman
    Head of Waste Water Research Group, De Monfort University
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