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.

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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 IonSelect solutions to learn more about our selective 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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Pharmaceutical Wastewater Related Products

BrineRefine Chemical Softening System

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

SaltMaker AirBreather Evaporator Crystallizer

The first evaporator-crystallizer with no atmospheric contact, important for water with volatile organics. Choose between no liquid water return or clean water that is safe for discharge. More ...

XtremeRO Brine Concentrator

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. More ...

XtremeUF Ceramic Ultrafiltration System

An ultra-robust ceramic based ultrafilter that can remove suspended solids, oils, and grease from the most challenging slurries & impacted wastewaters. XtremeUF cleans as it operates, to ensure your membranes maintain performance. More ...

Pharmaceutical Wastewater Related Resources

High Pressure Recirculation Pump to Minimize Energy and Increase Membrane Cross Flow

Applying Ultra-High Pressure Reverse Osmosis in Brine Management

New ultra-high pressure reverse osmosis technology for minimal liquid discharge (MLD) can reduce brine management costs by three times relative to evaporators. Modernized chemical softening technology is available to prevent scaling and enable recovery up to the osmotic pressure limit at 1,200 or 1,740 psi.

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Biogas Digester

Anaerobic Digester Wastewater Management During Biogas Production

Digester wastewaters are by-products of biogas production in anaerobic digesters. They require treatment prior to disposal. To meet regulation compliance, treatment options range from minor interventions such as selective contaminant removal, to major interventions such as minimum and zero liquid discharge (MLD/ZLD).

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