Pharmaceutical Industry

Solutions for complex wastewaters

No two pharmaceutical wastewaters are the same. Saltworks can help you to treat complex wastewaters from this critical industry with certainty. We implement solutions that target organics, metals, and ions for removal, reduce brine waste, and allow water reuse.

Wastewaters in Health Industries

R&D or manufacturing of essential medicines can generate complex and unique wastewaters. Concerns may include:
  • microbes such as bacteria and viruses
  • various chemicals including metals, chlorides, cyanide, organics such as phenols, solvents, disinfectants, or active pharmaceutical components such as antibiotics
  • other wastewater issues such as total suspended solids (TSS), total dissolved solids (TDS), ammonia, oils & grease, biological oxygen demand (BOD), and chemical oxygen demand (COD).
Normal municipal wastewater treatment may be insufficient to protect the environment or meet regulatory limits and satisfactory treatment may require multiple steps.
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Treatment Solutions

Here are some examples of how Saltworks and its products can help with your pharmaceutical project:

  • Reducing particulate—including microbes—to a low level using our robust, ceramic XtremeUF ultrafiltration system, producing a high quality filtrate in a small footprint.
  • Targeting metals and ions for removal in a compact plant with intelligent automation. See our BrineRefine system to learn more about our targeted contaminant removal solutions.
  • Brine Management such as recovering water from reverse osmosis brine and ion exchange resin regeneration waste.
  • Supporting biological treatments such as membrane bioreactors (MBRs), for example by lowering total dissolved solids (TDS) or ammonia load.
  • Decomposing organics with electrochemical methods.

Get Your Project Right 

Have pharmaceutical wastewater challenges? We can help analyze your options. We may be able to save you money and reduce waste generated through sound process control. Contact us with your wastewater analysis, treatment goals, and flow rates.
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