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Treatment of groundwater to improve feedlot water and boiler water quality

Client: Beef Producer, NSW, Australia

Our privately-owned client runs a successful beef producing business with a stringent focus on quality and animal welfare. Their world class and highly regulated processing facility tests the beef to ensure consumer safety and quality. All cattle are graded for yield and marbling
in the abattoir prior to processing and environmental compliance is enforced to ensure pollutants are kept within regulated limits. High quality products are sold to retailers, food service providers and individual consumers, locally and in south east Asia and China.

The business owns a cattle feedlot, incorporating specialist grain processing and supply to facilitate cattle performance. In addition to the processing facility and feedlot, the company also has a trading businses and a branded retail outlet.

The Challenge

The client currently draws water from two artesian bores to supply water to their main feedlot and boiler. Water quality (high suspended solids and high metal concentrations) from the bores is resulting in build-up in the plumbing infrastructrure and inefficiencies and damage to the boiler system.

Our Solution

Infinite Water designed a 1,500 m3/day water treatment plant, incorporating two primary end- use objectives.

Firstly, a HydroxonTM Lite pre-treatment system reduces the high level of suspended solids and metal concentrations (particularly iron and manganese) in the feedwater and reduce the potential of build-up in the piping infrastructure. This water will be stored for pumping to the main feedlot.

Secondly, a containerised reverse osmosis (RO) system has been installed to further treat to a water quality (reduction and removal of suspended and dissolved solids and metals) that is suitable for boiler feedwater and the improved quality will significantly improve boiler efficiencies. The system incorporates a pre-filter and cartridge filters before processing through the RO membranes.

Outcomes

The system is designed as a containerised package to facilitate shipment and installation. It is fully automated, with process monitoring and control to ensure stable operations.

Automated continuous processing, including sequencing and chemical additions are controlled via the PLC. The system is equipped with remote monitoring for data analysis and for ongoing service and maintenance.

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