Meat and Poultry Wastewater Treatment

In the meat processing industry, water is used extensively for washing the cattle, sheep or pig carcasses. Water is also used for sanitizing and thoroughly cleaning of all equipment used in the process at the facility. A large quantity of water is also used for scalding of hogs to facilitate hair removal. Federal regulations dictate that a complete cleaning and sanitation process be conducted after every killing and processing shift at the plant. The cleanup period generally uses considerably more water that the actual processing of the meat. As a result of there being often time in between shifts and the processing cleanup phases the generation of wastewater can be inconsistent.

Wastewater from Meat Processors

Meat processes generate wastewater with similar characteristics. They each contain high levels of TSS, FOG, and BOD. In these types of facilities, cities collect surcharges based on discharge loadings. Sometimes these surcharges can reach tens of thousands of dollars per month. When municipal wastewater treatment facilities are unable to handle fluids from industries, cities can terminate discharge permits, forcing businesses to figure out a solution or shut down their plants.
Parameter Raw Water Pre-Treatment Reduction
Total Suspended Solids (TSS) 600 - 4,500 mg/L up to 99%
Fat, Oil, & Grease (FOG) 100 - 2,000 mg/L up to 99%
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) 2,500 - 8,000 mg/L up to 85%
Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) 4,500 - 12,000 mg/L up to 75%
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Pre-Treatment Plant Design

Ecologix Environmental Systems custom configures a full treatment system that can screen and treat the wastewater to discharge levels that meet or often exceed local municipal requirements. Please review further our current offerings for the poultry industry and contact us today to learn more about solutions we can offer your business.