Prominent Packaged Foods Company’s Wastewater Quat Problem Resolved By ChemTreat’s QuatKill Test Kit & QK1000 Solution case study

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Courtesy of ChemTreat, Inc.

Problem
A leading food processing company had a problem. Their need to meet safety and cleanliness levels meant an increase in the use of biocides to satisfy these more restrictive standards. However, their ability to effectively eliminate bacteria came with a reduction in needed bacterial action in their effluent wastewater system.

Non-neutralized quats in the wastewater at the company’s NC food plant were eliminating needed digesters. Existing testing methods produced inaccurate quat measurements, meaning proper treatment was both wasteful, expensive, and created a conflict between the waste processing and cleaning departments.

Solution/Results
A solution was delivered by means of ChemTreat’s QuatKill, an innovative colorimetric test kit that measures free quat concentration in wastewater treatment systems, delivering fast results over a wide concentration range.

Using the QuatKill Test and QK1000 treatment solution, quaternary ammonia levels in the company’s wastewater stream were effectively reduced to zero. This simple down-feed process at a 5X level created additional savings and kept wastewater system performance at a high level when compared with a more expensive, proposed clay-based solution.

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