What's It All About?

Let’s start with a question: are you confident that you are getting the best possible performance from your current effluent treatment plant?

You can only answer that question if you know, and understand, what your effluent plant is treating, how it is operating, and the level of treatment it should be achieving.

And that’s where Brentwood Industries Effluent Treatment Plant Walkthrough can help.

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An effluent plant, and the biological treatment it delivers, is a live system and while it actually requires less interaction than other process systems, it does need constant monitoring and management.


We’re not saying you have to be an expert in effluent treatment, but you can’t monitor and manage the plant if you don’t know the basics, for example, the composition of effluent and type of treatment provided by each piece of equipment.

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Understanding The Basics

Without a grounding in the basics, managing change can be a challenge. For example, how would you know how the plant and processes in your current set-up should be adjusted to support increased production and deliver the necessary treatment levels? Or meet tighter compliance?


Understanding the basics is the foundation of a well-planned, well-managed and well-maintained approach to effluent treatment. We know people with responsibility for managing treatment plants aren’t necessarily all experts in effluent treatment – and they don’t have a lot of time to spare.

That’s why we designed our Effluent Treatment Plant Walkthrough service

What Is It?

Our Effluent Treatment Plant Walkthrough combines analysis and assessment of your current plant operation and processes with practical advice, training and consultancy.


The service can take anything from one to five days, depending on the size of your plant and your requirements. It’s conducted by experts who will explain, and help you understand and evaluate, exactly what’s going on in your effluent treatment plan from the point at which the effluent enters treatment through to discharge and satisfying compliance.

What's Involved?

As the name suggests, the core of the service is a “walkthrough” of your effluent treatment plant facilitated by an industrial effluent treatment expert.


The service can be customized to meet your needs – e.g. to identify the cause of a problem or help you plan for a future investment.


You can also choose to have the facilitators conduct more in-depth analysis and assessment at any, or every stage, of treatment.

Here's What You Can Expect

During the Walkthrough, the facilitators will focus on three fundamental aspects – physical plant, effluent and output – which we’ve grouped into stages:

1. Physical Plant
2. Effluent Journey
3. Output and Meeting Consents


Most, but not all, of the activity detailed under each stage will take place simultaneously.

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The 3 Stage Walkthrough

Stage 1: Physical Plant
Stage 1: Physical Plant

The facilitator will initially focus on the physical aspects of your effluent treatment plant. They will look at the plant, technology and supporting equipment and instrumentation.

You’ll have an opportunity to find more about each piece of plant and equipment used in all treatment processes at every stage – e.g. Primary, Secondary, DAF, Activated Sludge, Settlement approaches such as Tube Settlers as well as Fixed Film approaches such as Trickling Filters.

The facilitator will also assess the condition of the plant around treatment areas, including pipelines and the water flow, all of which could affect the treatment process:

– Something as simple as leaking water can affect operational effectiveness. But resolving the problem may require the level of investigation, and expertise, provided by our expert facilitators
– What each item of equipment is treating – and how
– How well the overall plant is performing
– What you need to do to manage and keep the plant running

Stage 2: The Wastewater / Effluent Journey

In this stage, the facilitator will focus on the effluent treatment journey, considering the composition of the effluent as it is treated through the stages of the effluent treatment process:

– What the plant is treating
– What happens to the effluent as it moves through the plant
+ treatment being delivered that meets the required levels and consent
– Understanding the current levels of required treatment
+ what you need to measure and how to identify and evaluate current statistics
+ and whether they have changed over time
– How to conduct monitor, measure and adjust levels

The facilitators will analyze performance and measurements provided by whatever tools you have in place, e.g. probes, sensors, flow meters, and administer any additional equipment that may be necessary. They may also take samples for analysis during the Walkthrough.

Stage 3: Output And Meeting Consents

This is where the facilitator will help you get to grips with what goes out of the plant at the completion of treatment process, i.e. the treated water / discharge. You’ll look at:

– Consents
+ what you need to measure, and how to identify and evaluate current statistics
+ and how have they changed over time
+ how to rectify problems
– How to improve treatment and meet consents
– You’ll also look at where effluent treatment fits into the general site operation

Advice and Recommendations

After the Walkthrough, the facilitator will provide:

– A detailed analysis of current plant performance and sample analysis
– Recommendations on improving treatment effectiveness and quality
+ and how to operate differently – and better
– Recommendations on potential treatments and approaches
– Best Practice guidelines (optional)


There is also the option to take this to the next level to provide professional documentation for everyone to work from:

– A Customized Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Site Manual
– Check on relevance of Operational Maintenance Manual (O&M)

Take The First Step Towards

Improving Management, Maintenance and Operational Effectiveness
– keep treatment plant and processes running efficiently
– maintain or improve treatment levels on a day-to-day basis
– ensure treatment is meeting consents


Understanding How to Identify and Resolve Problems


Cost-Effective Procurement
– make informed buying decisions based on an accurate specification

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