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bm SOLUTION ® M40 reduces Copper level in Final Discharge into compliance.

bmSOLUTION ® M40 reduces Copper level in Final Discharge into compliance.

 

Situation

 

A

watch component manufacturer located in Ipoh, Perak,

Malaysia constructed a wastewater treatment plant with Chemical precipitation to remove heavy metals and biological

Malaysia constructed a wastewater treatment plant with Chemical precipitation to remove heavy metals and biological aeration to remove organic compounds. Raw wastewater obtained from production floor with the following

characteristics.

 

Raw Wastewater

Typical Characteristics:

 

pH

7.2

 

Copper, mg/L

32

COD, mg/L

4500

The wastewater treatment plant was designed with metal hydroxide precipitation but only managed to bring

The wastewater treatment plant was designed with metal hydroxide precipitation but only managed to bring down the

copper level to the range of 3.0 5.0 mg/L which is way above

the

allowable discharge limit of < 1.0 mg/L. The contractor who

design the treatment plant had difficulty to handover the

treatment plant to the client after more than 6 months of commissioning as the final discharge was bluish in color due to

the

presence of high level of copper ion (3 5mg/L).

Our representatives were contacted by client directly to help solve the problem. After our evaluation, we believe that the failures were due to the presence of ammonia and other chelating agent in their wastewater which prevented the copper ion from precipitated out as hydroxides.

 

We then carried out jar test experiments using our heavy metal precipitant, bm SOLUTION M 40 to determine the efficacy of

the

copper removal.

 

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Laboratory Results The raw wastewater is then treated with bm SOLUTION M 40 , coagulated
Laboratory Results The raw wastewater is then treated with bm SOLUTION M 40 , coagulated
Laboratory Results The raw wastewater is then treated with bm SOLUTION M 40 , coagulated

Laboratory Results

The raw wastewater is then treated with bm SOLUTION M 40, coagulated with PAC based coagulant and flocculated with anionic polyacrylamide. Coagulation/flocculation process was controlled at pH 7.5 to 8.0 and clarified via sedimentation with the following treated water result:

Result of treated water with & without bm SOLUTION ® M 40

 

Without M 40

With M 40

pH

7.92

7.88

Copper, mg/L

3.93

0.12

With the laboratory results, the client was convinced of change to our program and the actual plant run result as below:

Plant Results:

The intended chemicals dosing were set up accordingly and treatment plant were operated under our supervision in the first 3 days and very good results were obtained to our client satisfaction. The physical appearance of bluish color (due to copper content) in the final discharge disappear in less than 2 days of operation and the copper level was brought into compliance of < 1.0mg/L.

The plant has been continued to run very successfully on this treatment and not just complied with Malaysia discharge limit but also complied a much stricter internal control limit.

Below are typical final discharge characteristics:

pH

7.5

Copper, mg/L

0.15

COD, mg/L

120

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