ButterBuds® Food Ingredients supply their concentrated dairy flavors to consumers and food businesses all over the world. ButterBuds called in SCS Engineers after the concentrations of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) in their wastewater exceeded their pretreatment permit standards. They had reached the end of negotiations with the City, which was threatening legal action.
The compliance schedule required a swift solution, but for the company, it was also critical that ongoing production would not be disrupted.
SCS Engineers began by carrying out a multi-level review of the wastewater pretreatment issues. We conducted a process water balance, prepared a process flow diagram, measured process flows, collected/analyzed wastewater samples, evaluated chemical treatment testing and maintained communications with City staff.
The SCS team prepared engineering design drawings and specifications for the wastewater pretreatment system. We also helped ButterBuds staff with the selection of wastewater pretreatment equipment, bidding, construction, and start-up, as well as resolving operational issues.
The wastewater treatment equipment had to be housed in a separate building away from the food ingredient processes. This requirement meant the wastewater discharge piping had to be installed underneath the existing building using directional drilling to minimize any disturbance to production.
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