What are oil water separators?
An oil water separator is a device used to treat wastewater. It removes oils, grease and hydrocarbons, leaving only the non-hazardous water. The wastewater can then be disposed of safely in drainage. There are different kinds of oil water separators, and each one has a different capability. They are used for varying commercial and industrial applications. They also treat contaminants found in water, including free-floating oil, emulsified oil, dissolved oil, and suspended solids.
Our oil water separator benefits
Our oil water separator systems are engineered for superior removal of oil from water. With systems available from 1,000L to 5,000L nominal flow rate per hour.
Because they help you meet water authority standards, you save on costly fines and shutdowns – as well as ensuring you meet your Environmental Duty of Care.
They're pre-plumbed, pre-wired and designed to fit existing infrastructure – saving on installation time.
Plus, Cleanawater can conduct service and maintenance to suit, ensuring your oil water separator system delivers optimal performance for decades to come.
Our oil water separator range
Introducing our comprehensive oil water separator range. Our separators are meticulously engineered to remove oil and hydrocarbon contaminants from water, while ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.
Looking for the ideal oil water separator for your industry applications? You’ll find the perfect system at Cleanawater. Plus, our compliance with environmental authorities means guaranteed responsible wastewater management no matter your facility’s needs.
Witness firsthand how our cutting-edge oil water separators successfully addressed a critical environmental challenge faced by Swinburne University, showcasing our remarkable efficacy in mitigating oil and hydrocarbon contamination, reducing environmental impact, and achieving compliance with rigorous regulatory standards.
Swinburne Uni needed to clean its earth-moving equipment and discharge water using sustainable solutions and minimised operating costs. To do this, Cleanawater provided a portable wash bay and an oil water separator. Using coalescing plate technology, we were able to separate oil and grease from washdown water, allowing the purified water to pass through municipal sewers.
How our oil water separators work
Find out more about how our oil water separators function. Each system is created using innovative technology to ensure efficient performance when removing oil, grease, and free-floating hydrocarbons from wastewater, all while adhering to environmental compliance Australia-wide.
- Small footprint - install to tight spaces
- Available with a selection of upgrades to suit site specific requirements
- Utilises MPK coalescing media technology which is less prone to premature blockage
- No filter bag consumables required
- Removes hydrocarbons to 30ppm to exceed water authority regulations
- Commonly used as primary treatment for water recycling
- Approved and appraised by all major metropolitan and regional authorities
- Turn key packages - easy and quick to install
- Avoid costly fines from authorities
- Avoid compromising the daily operations of your business
- Weatherproof for outdoor installation
- Automated operation and no consumables required
- Average working life of 20+ years
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Rebecca Tempest - Manager, Resource Recovery & Waste Services, Blue Mountains City Council
No matter what industry you’re in, chances are you use a lot of water. Whether you require water for wash down and irrigation purposes, dust suppression, or onsite activities, water costs are.
It’s no secret that many industries are facing water shortage issues. For car wash operators, this is a particularly important issue as your business is reliant on water.
The term “wastewater” doesn’t have particularly appealing connotations. In areas of the world where water appears to
In Australia, water is a precious commodity - and an expensive one. In this context, reusing and recycling water is incredibly important. Particularly for industry, rainwater harvesting can provide an ideal solution.
For wash bays, it is crucial to comply with local water authorities, design for current and future needs, and use the right chemicals. Working with a trusted partner can help overcome these challenges.
Whether you need a permit to install an oil water separator depends on your location and the specific regulations governing wastewater treatment in your area. Contact your local authority to confirm if you require a permit.
The need for additional equipment or systems alongside an oil water separator depends on your specific industrial processes, wastewater characteristics, and environmental compliance requirements.
While oil water separators are effective at removing hydrocarbon contaminants from wastewater and preventing oil spills, some situations may require supplementary equipment or processes.
Our standard packages include a non-emulsifying pump, float switches, waste oil drum, galvanised support frame and a control panel.
The frequency of servicing for oil water separators can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of separator, the volume and characteristics of the wastewater, and local regulatory requirements. However, we generally advise on servicing it every 3-6 months. This may vary depending on the amount of sludge accumulated in your process and oil influent levels.
Yes. Our units are constructed from durable materials ideal for outdoor environments. Let us know the details of your oil removal process, and we’ll install the ideal separator for your wastewater management needs.
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