Water quality control unit on a reverse osmosis water treatment system

Investing in an effective treatment system is crucial for businesses that generate wastewater. It ensures compliance with environmental regulations and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability. 

However, the price tag of implementing and maintaining such a system is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Understanding the factors that influence industrial wastewater treatment costs is key to making informed business decisions and avoiding unexpected expenses down the line.

Read on to learn more about the costs of treating industrial wastewater.

The Variable Cost of Industrial Wastewater Treatment Systems

The cost of industrial wastewater treatment systems varies widely depending on the project’s complexity. Simple equipment replacements may be relatively affordable, while comprehensive system upgrades can easily require investments in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Projects addressing complex wastewater streams or requiring multiple treatment stages can surpass a million dollars in cost.

Factors driving cost variability:

  • Simple Equipment Replacements: Replacing a single component like a clarifier could cost around $40,000 to over $150,000 depending on your wastewater volume.
  • System Upgrades: These often require additional pumps, tanks, treatment equipment, and more sophisticated automation. Expect an investment of between $65,000 to $200,000 based on needs.
  • Complex Wastewater: Wastewater streams with multiple contaminants may necessitate multiple treatment steps including a polishing stage if certain contaminants have a very low discharge limit. Depending on the volume to treat, you could be as low as $400,000 but easily exceed $1.5 million or more. The need to remove BOD/COD can sometimes double the cost.

These numbers are estimates from projects that range between 25 gpm to just over 100 gpm. Costs can vary greatly based on various factors as discussed in this blog. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs.

Primary Factors Influencing the Cost of Wastewater Treatment

While the costs can vary widely, the following primary factors typically have the most significant influence on the price of an industrial wastewater treatment system:

  • Flow (GPM): Larger volumes of wastewater necessitate larger tanks, pumps, and overall equipment.
  • Discharge Limits: Stricter regulations often require additional treatment steps or equipment to ensure compliance.
  • Specific Contaminants (BOD/COD): Addressing these contaminants might require specialized and expensive equipment, such as anaerobic or aerobic digesters.
  • Wear and Tear: The type and concentration of contaminants present in wastewater can significantly impact the wear and tear experienced by equipment. For instance, highly acidic or corrosive wastewater may require specialized materials and frequent maintenance to prevent equipment degradation. Similarly, high-volume usage can also contribute to faster wear and tear.
  • Consumable Components: Systems will inevitably require the replacement of certain components over time, such as pH probes, meters, and flow and level transmitters. Additionally, chemical costs can add up over time – especially if your system is not optimized.

Lifetime Cost Considerations

The upfront cost of a wastewater treatment system is only one piece of the financial puzzle. It is essential to consider the long-term costs associated with operation, maintenance, and potential upgrades.

Anguil understands the importance of lifetime costs. We work closely with clients to:

  • Assess Lifespan Expectations: Design systems for their intended longevity (e.g., 15-20 years vs. 30+ years) to balance initial investment with long-term needs.
  • Account for Maintenance: Help clients understand regular maintenance requirements and expected replacement cycles for components.
  • Anticipate Future Needs: If tightening regulations or changes in your wastewater composition are likely, your system should be adaptable to avoid costly overhauls.

Contact us to better understand the solutions available for your wastewater treatment requirements.

Strict Regulatory Compliance 

Environmental regulations governing wastewater discharge are becoming increasingly stringent. This often translates to tighter discharge limits imposed by publicly operated treatment works (POTWs) on businesses. 

Companies may need to upgrade or modify their existing systems to remain compliant, particularly when addressing contaminants such as pH, metals, COD/BOD, and nitrogen-based compounds.

Commonly Overlooked Cost Factors

Businesses often focus primarily on the cost of the wastewater treatment equipment itself. However, hidden expenses are associated with integrating and installing a new system into your operations. Sourcing and managing additional contractors adds time, cost, and the potential for miscommunication.

Anguil’s turnkey solutions eliminate these hidden costs and your risk exposure. We can handle system integration and installation entirely in-house. This streamlines the process, potentially saving you money and eliminating the hassle of managing additional contractors.

Significant Cost Savings with In-House Wastewater Processing

Companies often see significant savings when switching to in-house wastewater treatment compared to hauling and disposal costs. Anguil has worked with clients who have achieved remarkable returns on investment (ROIs) with in-house wastewater treatment. 

Some clients have seen ROIs as fast as 1½  years, while a typical range falls between 3 and 4 years. With hauling and disposal costs rising in recent years, in-house treatment presents an increasingly attractive and financially feasible option for many companies.

Anguil Saves You Money Long-Term

Investing in a high-quality wastewater treatment system is key to significant long-term savings. Anguil’s approach ensures your system delivers efficiency and value over its entire 20-30-year lifespan:

  • Tailored Solutions: We’ll work with you to understand your specific wastewater challenges and priorities. This allows us to design a system that addresses ease of operation, operational costs, and overall cost of ownership for optimal long-term value.
  • Lab-Backed Decisions: Our in-house lab allows us to evaluate all treatment options. This helps us determine the pros and cons, capital costs (capex), and operational costs (opex). A data-driven approach ensures you’ll get the most cost-effective system.
  • Optimized Chemistry: We carefully optimize your chemical usage to minimize long-term operating costs throughout the system’s lifespan.
  • End-to-End Responsibility: Anguil manages everything from initial discussions through installation, commissioning, and ongoing service/support. This single-source accountability ensures seamless execution and eliminates the unexpected expenses caused by miscommunication or poorly integrated systems.

Anguil – Your Partner in Cost-Effective Wastewater Solutions

Anguil helps you control the cost of wastewater treatment. We’ll explore all viable solutions to find the most cost-effective system for your needs. We do not manufacture a specific product type, such as a slant plate clarifier. 

This allows us to examine all types of clarifiers (DAF, Ballasted floc, lamella) and point out the pros and cons of each as they relate to your wastewater and initiative objectives. This multi-solution approach holds true for all your contaminants of concern you need to remove/reduce. 

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