Oil & Water Separator

Oil & Water Separator from BEECO Management, Engineering & Environmental Consulting

By: BEECO Management, Engineering & Environmental Consulting  04/19/2011
Keywords: Engineering, Project Management, Construction engineering

Oil/water separators are devices commonly used on Air Force installations as a method to separate oils from a variety of wastewater discharges. They are typically installed in industrial and maintenance areas and receive oily wastewater generated during processes such as aircraft and vehicle maintenance and washing. The effluent from oil/water separators is typically discharged to either a sanitary sewer system or a storm sewer. Discharges of domestic and industrial wastewater are regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Properly designed, installed, and operated, oil/water separators provide a treatment system for handling oily wastewater that prevents the entry of unacceptable levels of contamination to a storm sewer or sanitary sewer system. However, oil/water separators are generally not designed to separate solids or high concentrations of oil from water, such as might occur, for example, when a large quantity of oil or sludge is spilled or poured into a wash bay drain. Thus, it is important for all personnel who discharge wastewater into an oil/water separator to understand how they function, including their limitations, in order to prevent them from becoming sources of environmental pollution

Keywords: Construction engineering, Engineering, Environmental Consulting, Project Management

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