Key Message

Berghof external tubular MBR provides the highest robustness and reliability for treating the variable and complex textile and tannery wastewater. Minimum footprint, flexibility, adaptability and ease of maintenance are reported by our partner OEMs to be the most significant advantages for getting the best results in the textile/tannery WWTP.

Benefits of MBR Treatment with tubular UF

For textile and tannery wastewater, the MBR guarantees a high-quality effluent: free of solids and turbidity, and with lower COD, BOD and color as compared with the conventional biological treatment. There are different types of dies used and they behave differently during the biological treatment. Especially the synthetic dies are characterized by being refractory, with poor biodegradability. Previous experience demonstrates that the MBR removes them better (> 30%) due to the long sludge age and the growth of specialized biomass.   

Apart from this, when further color removal is required for discharge or reuse, the great advantage of the MBR is that it produces a high-quality effluent with SDI < 3, that can be directly fed to a NF or RO post-treatment and allows these systems to operate with maximized recovery.

Textile and tannery MBR wastewater treatment - the process

The treatment of textile and tannery wastewater is addressed with MBR biological treatment. Before the MBR, certain pre-treatments are typically applied. Especially in the case of tannery wastewater, oil and grease separation and chemical precipitation for metals removal are implemented. Due to the presence of hairs and fibers, a fine screening is also required. The MBR effluent fully complies with the requirements for discharge into sewer or a receiving water body. Alternatively, it can be reused, either directly or after removing the dissolved compounds with reverse osmosis.

textile and tannery MBR wastewater treatment PFD

Case Study

External MBR pre-treatment in ZLD | wastewater treatment plant – tannery industry

A company in India services the wastewater treatment needs of its 130+ member tanneries via a common effluent treatment plant (CETP). Due to the volume of wastewater generated from the tannery industry and the need to reduce discharge levels, the company needed a more effective MBR system to replace the existing low energy aerated MBR.

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