Food manufacturing processes are notorious for producing waste water that contains high levels of organic solids and grease. Because of the high levels of waste water produced, many food processing plants have their own waste water treatment facilities on-site. The cost of maintaining a waste water treatment facility can be expensive if you are constantly dealing with oil and grease (FOG) in your systems.  Learn more about an anaerobic membrane bioreactor system and how your on-site treatment facility can benefit from it.

Submerged Membranes Are The Key Factor

Submerged membranes are the key to an anaerobic membrane bioreactor system, working to clean up waste water that contains a lot of FOG and solid organic matter from food waste. Submerged membranes work to:

  • Retain biomass that can be used as fuel—you can sell biomass to energy companies that use it or you can find applications for it in your processing plant, a huge money-saving benefit for plant owners that use an anaerobic membrane bioreactor system. 
  • Naturally divides solids and liquids while increasing the production of biogas through greater organic fermentation and digestion of solid waste.
  • Provide higher chemical oxygen demand (COD) so waste water leaving your plant will flow through municipal water systems with ease.

A Unique Symbiotic Cleaning System

The membranes used in an anaerobic reactor system are continually cleaned by the biogases that are generated during the process of anaerobic digestion. Biogases clean the membranes as they are formed, which is a benefit for you because it lowers the time and money necessary for cleaning that part of your system. With this type of natural cleaning action, your initial investment of an anaerobic membrane reactor system will pay itself off fast. Also, with a cleaner system operation, you can count on cleaner effluent flowing into community systems, a benefit that can prevent you from dealing with fines and other issues because of laws in your area.

Producing Pathogen-Free Effluent

Anaerobic membrane reactor systems can remove dangerous pathogens from the waste water effluent leaving your facility, a huge benefit for promoting safer municipal water systems. When you stop to consider the risk of food-borne pathogens that are born during the process of organic fermentation, you can easily see why this system provides a great advantage over other traditional systems.

Taking steps to improve your wastewater treatment facility is an important step to building a more successful business. Learn more now about how you can incorporate an anaerobic membrane reactor system into your plant's waste water treatment facility. For more information, contact local professionals like those at the Drain Store.