When assessing operational costs for wastewater management, there are two different questions one should ask: How can I reduce operational costs while maintaining the highest safety and quality standards, and how can I improve operations performance and production capacity?
Both of these questions can be answered by looking at the container in which you are storing and transporting your wastewater. Here are a few of the most recent trends in wastewater management and how they’re impacted by a leak-proof container.
Because of the caustic chemicals present in the wastewater from fracking, the use of normal tanks for transportation or storage are no longer viable options. Traditional steel tanks simply cannot stand up to the corrosive chemicals, which means that companies must find a better solution. Many companies choose to install liners in tanks they already have, but this is nothing more than a quick fix if an expensive one. Those liners have a very limited shelf-life, lasting no more than one to two years, which makes them incredibly cost inefficient.
So how do you solve this problem? Consider Texoma’s Leak-Proof Acid Tank. This will resolve the problem of wastewater leakage in a more cost-effective manner, ensuring that you can store potentially harmful wastewater safely and efficiently without spending beyond your budget.
Whether or not wastewater is treated onsite or transported to a centralized system is a matter for debate. Modular treatment systems allow for shorter transportation of the wastewater, and less likely that any accidents will occur during transportation.It also allows the wastewater to be treated and then reused onsite in order to reduce the high demand for freshwater at fracking sites.
On the other hand, a centralized treatment center can access wastewater from municipal systems that would not be accessible by modular treatments systems onsite to draw from for use. Regardless of the option that you choose, the need for highly cost efficient and environmentally safe tanks will continue to be of the utmost importance.
On-Site Wastewater Treatment
Municipal water treatment facilities just are not equipped to treat the amount of water that fracking involves. There are other facilities, but what their downstream effects are, are not entirely known. On-site wastewater treatment would allow for specific treatment of the water based on the geological area and could be cost effective.
Many places where fracking occurs are remote and not near municipal water treatment facilities. Getting wastewater from the site to these facilities can be costly. On-site treatment is also transportable, so it can be moved around the site, but also to different sites over time.
Half of the water that is used in fracking is recovered the natural gases—this practice is also known as flowback. This water can then be recycled and reused to help combat the issue of diminishing sources of freshwater to use in fracking.
This water can be treated through advanced oxidation and reverse osmosis. Advanced oxidation includes chemical treatments of the wastewater that eliminate organic compound within. Reverse osmosis involves cleaning the wastewater by pushing it through a membrane.
Innovations in Wastewater Treatment
Water World has this to say about the modernization of procurement in the water and wastewater industry: “With technology, we can now create an exchange to more efficiently connect water and wastewater utilities with vendors and contractors. Today, utilities can maintain their separate autonomy yet still receive the benefits of participating in an exchange.”
This way, there can be more transparency because of exposure, the bidding process is significantly shortened because of a centralized location for companies to submit to, and smaller companies with new technology will more easily find customers. This will spur innovation in the area of wastewater management.
A Long-Term, Cost-Effective Solution
A new leak-proof acid tank developed by Texoma MFG, LLC is a revolutionary new solution for fracking waste to solve this problem. These new tanks contain the acid in fracking wastewater in a polyethylene bladder inside that prevents contact with the steel and eliminates corrosion of the walls of the tank. The tank itself then becomes the required secondary containment structure. These tanks are cost productive while also maintaining the strictest safety and quality standards, completely eliminating leaks and spills.
The highest priority for any fracking site must be the storage tanks for the wastewater. The management of fracking wastewater does not need to be costly or risky. Texoma MFG, LLC is an oilfield and fracking solution resource for the industry.