Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Treating complex, industrial wastewaters for discharge, recovery, and reuse

Heavy industry, manufacturing, and natural resource-based industries often use large volumes of water and generate wastewaters requiring treatment. Saltworks designs, builds, and operates industrial wastewater treatment plants with modern membrane, chemical, and thermal technologies that economically and reliably treat tough industrial wastewaters.

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Industrial Wastewater Management

The first step in managing your industrial wastewater is to define your goals. Do you need to meet discharge requirements, minimize off-site disposal costs, reduce freshwater withdrawal, or achieve reuse targets? Do you need to target problematic contaminants such as metals and ions, achieve minimal or zero liquid discharge, or recover valuable by-products from your wastewater?


Next, know what’s in your water and what (and how much) you need to treat for. Industrial wastewaters can be complex, with variable composition making treatment more challenging. After that comes understanding your options and their economics. Saltworks can help with the entire process — from project discovery and options analysis, to pilot scale testing, all the way to full-scale plant delivery.

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What’s in Your Wastewater?

Some of the industrial wastewater components we frequently encounter and can treat for include:

It is important to know the concentrations of components like these in your industrial wastewater and how they vary, as well as the overall flowrate.

Know Your Project

Delivering the right wastewater treatment process is not just about treating the waste stream and its components. Often the most reliable and economic solution will combine treatment, recycling, and disposal. Other project concerns may include:

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Industrial Wastewater Treatment Options

Saltworks’ water experts will start by reviewing your water chemistry, specific project details, and overall objectives. We will develop a comprehensive options analysis that considers water chemistry, available technologies, treatment and disposal economics, and regulatory requirements.


Our proprietary solutions include advanced chemical, thermal, and membrane systems that work alongside our novel sensor technologies and intelligent controls. We also offer a wide range of technologies through our partners, enabling us to provide a wastewater treatment solution optimized for your specific project.


We can then scale up in whatever way suits you best, including desktop studies and mobile pilot systems that quickly and cost-effectively prove performance at your site or ours’. Our full-scale plants are designed, engineered, and manufactured at our own facility, ensuring responsiveness, cost-optimization, and quality assurance from project start, to testing, and through to delivery and commissioning. We can also perform in-place upgrades to modernize, automate, or expand your existing wastewater treatment facilities. To learn more about how we the treat the toughest waters, see our wastewater treatment articles. To investigate your project’s treatment options, contact our expert industrial wastewater team.

Industrial Wastewater Treatment Related Products

BrineRefine Chemical Softening System

BrineRefine Chemical Softening System

Smart, compact, modular chemical softening system that reduces costs with precision dosing and built-in solids management. Improves recovery and minimizes fouling risk with intelligent controls that communicate with downstream assets, like RO or evaporators.

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SaltMaker MultiEffect ZLD MLD

A modern, modular, and intelligently automated evaporator-crystallizer that concentrates brine or produces low volume solids for zero liquid discharge. Use waste heat from operations and recycles heat through each of its multiple effects to slash your energy costs.

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XtremeUF Ultrafiltration System

XtremeUF Ceramic Ultrafiltration System

An ultra-robust ceramic ultrafiltration system that can remove suspended solids, oils, and grease from the most challenging slurries and impacted wastewaters.

XtremeUF cleans itself as it operates, to ensure your membranes maintain performance. We treat wastewaters no one else can.

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XtremeRO/NF Brine 


Xtreme Reverse Osmosis device Saltworks Technologies

Next-generation water-maker and brine-concentrator based on reverse osmosis that achieves extreme freshwater recoveries, enabling cost-effective brine management and treatment of challenging organic-laden waters including oil & gas produced waters.

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Industrial Wastewater Treatment Related Resources

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How to Manage Brine Disposal & Treatment

The many options for managing brine, a term for saline wastewater from industrial processes, fall under two categories: brine treatment and brine disposal. Brine treatment involves desalinating the brine for reuse and producing a concentrated brine (lower liquid waste volume), or residual solids (zero liquid discharge).

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