In fruit and vegetable processing, water is used extensively during the packaging process. Packhouse operations use process-water to cool, clean and to transport produce throughout the packing operation. Packhouses can incur high costs for both water usage and wastewater discharge tariffs. This can limit pack-house operations due to shortages of fresh water, as well as land for wastewater discharge.
Many packhouses are looking to decrease their water usage and reduce their wastewater tariff costs through the reuse of their process water. Wastewater generated in pack-houses is characterized by a high presence of solids creating high turbidity and total suspended solids (TSS) level and thus solids separation is the main focus in their water treatment.
The Natica, AquaHD's innovative hydrodynamic separator, removes a wide range of organic and inorganic particles as small as 1 microns from water with dirt load of up to 12,000 PPM of TSS.