The safe treatment of wastewater and sewage is a large task that has enormous health, safety and environmental implications. In the United States, over 1 billion gallons of wastewater are treated each day, mostly in municipal and county treatment plants. In the United States, more than 200 million people live in homes where the wastewater is treated in public facilities. Additionally, many industrial plants and agricultural operation have private on-site wastewater plants that face similar treatment issues.
In most countries, the treatment of wastewater and the discharge of the treated effluent is highly regulated with strict guidelines that protect the environment and public health. The treatment of wastewater is very energy intensive, multi-stage process and frequent monitoring of the process can lead to energy and chemical savings. Most public facilities have on-site analytical capabilities that allow for frequent monitoring of the plant. To support private industrial and agricultural private wastewater treatment plants, private laboratories often provide the analytical services that help ensure proper operation and regulatory compliance. In the United States, the standards for primary and secondary treament as well as limits for discharge for publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) are set by the EPA. Any operation outside of regulatory guidelines can result in large fines and closing of industrial or agricultural operations as well as impact public health and the environment.
Unity Scientific has several automated analytical solutions designed to accurately analyze wastewater samples for many components, using EPA or Standard methods. These solutions offer rapid, accurate, reproducible and reliable low level detection of target contaminants and have high throughput to analyze many samples by operators with minimal training. EPA and Standard methods include, alkalinity, cyanide, nitrite, total phosphorus, ammonia, hardness, o-Phosphate, sulfate, chloride, nitrate, total Kjeldahl nitrogen and more. All solutions come ready to use with approved methods and can help ensure that the the wastewater treatment is meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements while saving employee time, testing costs and disposal fees.