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Water Recycle: Everybody needs to clean GREEN.
Water Recycle Systems

As water conservation becomes a greater issue, and protecting our water becomes paramount, water recycle systems are improving and becoming a necessity for industry—and a good idea for everyone. From factories and warehouses, equipment supply, rental, or repair shops, farms, processing plants, etc.—to the homeowner who thinks he/she is simply cleaning the garage floor—the discharge of wastewater mixed with oil, grease, or other contaminants into the environment is a problem. It is now illegal in most areas to simply discharge such wastewater into storm drains.

There are several water recycle systems available today. Some are simple enough for a homeowner to use with a common pressure washing system, or wet / dry vacuum. Others are of industrial size and capability, and enable businesses to comply with EPA and other government standards.

A full water recycle system involves 3 basic steps. Recover, recycle, and reuse. Even if re-use is not the idea, recovering and treating wastewater before it is discharged into the environment is important. Storm drains generally send wastewater to a treatment plant, but pre-treating contaminated water before it goes into the drains is required of most businesses and industries.

Recovery (capturing) of wastewater is part of a water recycle. For occasional use, there are portable, inflatable dams, or water / sand dams. One is an inflatable vinyl container, with 4 sides that contains wastewater created in/on it. Water and sand dams are flexible tubes used to wrap around an area to contain a spill, or used to create a down slope for water to be directed into one area. There is also a two-stage water recycle using dams and a wet-vac. Hollow tubes (20’-40’) are laid out in the area wastewater will be, or is, created. The vacuum creates suction enough to hold the tubes tightly to the surface to contain the liquid without seepage. The vacuum then sucks the wastewater into small inlet holes in the tube and sends it to the vacuum’s holding tank.

For larger or more constant efforts to water recycle, a “clean and capture” tool works in conjunction with today’s pressure washers to become complete water recycle system. Using a 16” or 24” surface cleaner, the water is sucked through a hose and delivered to a primary separation tank where larger debris is settled out. The water then goes into a 200 micro filter in the main vacuum unit (a 16HP or 24HP vacuum recovery system). Using the 200 micro filters to water recycle reduces even the smallest debris and the wastewater can then be discharged into a sewer, or storage tank, for removal.

The Fury 2200 is complete water recycle system rolled into one. It is a vacuum pump, cold-water pressure washer, and waste pump in a single electric unit that can be used indoors. It can be used as a high-pressure washer alone, or a vacuum system to efficiently water recycles.

Closed-loop water recycle systems are generally used when wastewater is re-used repeatedly. The water is captured with dams, recovered through a two-stage vacuum / holding tank system, then is sent through a filtration system and into a storage tank where it can then be sent to your pressure washer to clean another vehicle, floor, piece of equipment, etc. This compact recycles system weights only 85 pounds. The 2-stage vacuum motor is mounted on top of the 50-gallon tank, which makes this unit great for confined areas or hard to reach spills. The portable filtration system can recycle water indefinitely with four easy to reach filters and a ¾ HP electric pump. These units have eight settling chambers for optimum ability to water recycle.

To water recycle properly, in heavy industrial settings, a filtration system that filters wash water through six stages of micron filters – from 75 down to 5 – is optimum and will keep you out of trouble with the EPA.

New water recycle systems are made to be portable with the help of pressure washers, which bring about much of the waste wash water to start with! The 12-volt battery on the pressure washer runs several systems available today. Some systems are specially equipped to handle large oil concentrations with skimming media and special, re-useable filters. Some can add chlorination to the water recycle effort.

There are recycle systems for almost every situation. From stand-alone water recovery, to 2-stage recover/reuse, to super powerful units that can supply up to six pressure washers. There are special oil/water separator systems, industrial-sized submerged fixed-film biological treatment systems, and units for cleaning and pre-treating metal parts with a heated phospatizing solution.

ESD Waste2Water is a leader in such equipment and Ultimate Washer works with them, and others, to collectively improve our environment. Installation and service help can often be arranged with our “environment protection systems!”


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