The Concrete Countertop Institute has developed a new solution for handling and recycling wastewater in concrete countertop shops. The Sludge Buster provides a simple, inexpensive and compact way to collect, treat and recycle wastewater produced when wet grinding or when cleaning tools and equipment.
The Sludge Buster consists of a three-stage barrel that weighs 34 pounds and has a diameter of 23 inches. The fabricator uses a shop-vac or another method to deposit wastewater in the barrel. Within minutes, the Sludge Buster filters out and separates aggregate, sand and fines and chemically treats the water. Treatment by a special filter pod removes remaining sediment, reduces turbidity, and reduces the pH to meet EPA standards for construction water discharge.
The resulting water can be captured for reuse or disposed of down the drain or outdoors. The resulting clean aggregate and sand can also be reused, and the small volume of treated fines can be disposed of responsibly. The Sludge Buster system may be ordered from The Concrete Countertop Institute. Refills of the filter pod, which treats up to 200 gallons of wastewater, are also available, as is an optional 24- foot extension hose.
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