Waste water production is a common issue for industrial water management. Generation of wastewater may occur as a result of simple activities such as parts or machine cleaning, or through actual industrial processes such as electroplating. Proper management of waste water provides an opportunity for reducing the volume of water generated, and therefore costs associated with not only the water itself, but treatment costs necessary prior to discharge.
As an example, waste water generated during electroplating contains residual metals, and potentially is outside the acceptable permitted pH range. This type of wastewater requires treatment and will have associated costs. Both mechanical and biological processes are used to manage waste water to get rid of undesirable particulate matter and to eliminate any potentially harmful pathogens.