November 2003

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HP Water Management: Understanding refinery wastewater treatment basics - Part 1

Every refinery has a treatment plant to remove petroleum contaminants, hazardous materials and suspended solids from wastewater prior to discharge to the local watershed or publicly owned treatment fa..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Every refinery has a treatment plant to remove petroleum contaminants, hazardous materials and suspended solids from wastewater prior to discharge to the local watershed or publicly owned treatment facility, or reused within the refinery. Within the refinery, the technical service engineer works closely with the environmental department to monitor and control the waste treatment plant. An overview of typical wastewater unit operations (Fig. 1) familiarizes refinery personnel with the impact of utility and process operations on the efficiency of wastewater treatment.  Fig. 1  

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