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Pharmaceutical Research Laboratory Reduces Wastewater Volume and Disposal Costs with Vacuum Evaporation

Introduction

A research laboratory center for a multinational company in the pharmaceutical industry develops a variety of innovative therapeutic products to help with respiratory diseases, rare diseases, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular diseases. High quantities of water are used in their process and it was resulting in a high volume of wastewater and disposal costs.

The Challenge

During the typical day, the lab was discharging approximately 4 tons of effluent a day. It needed to treat this water for reuse back into the process and to separate this water from the concentrate. The concentrate could then be incinerated.

The Solution

Because no two wastewater streams are exactly alike, in order to find the best solution to meet the company’s goals, a careful review of their process was completed, along with a thorough testing and analysis of the wastewater. It was then determined that an EVALED® Vacuum Evaporator (Model PC F4 FF) would be the best solution.

EVALED Vacuum Evaporator Model PC F4 FF Installed at Pharmaceutical Laboratory

New Wastewater Treatment Process Implemented

New Wastewater System for pharmaceutical laboratory Discharge

Results Achieved

  • Over 90% of water recovered for reuses
  • Decreased wastewater disposal costs
Parameters u.m. Waste In Distilled Out Concentrate Out
COD ppm 100 – 3,000 <160 <50,000
TS at 105˚C % 0.01 – 1 <20
Conductivity µS/cm 200 – 8,000 <20
TSS ppm 50 – 200 0
HBP Solvents ppm 1-1,000 <5*

*active carbon