Veolia receives patent for the recirculation of sludge in its sulfate removal technology

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The proprietary LoSO4 process was developed by Veolia to respond to increasingly stringent regulations limiting sulfates in surface water discharges as well as increased mining industry interest in the reuse of mine water for beneficial purposes. “This latest innovation has been designed to significantly improve the method to lower sulfate levels in mine water effluent below 100 mg/l, and generate a clean water effluent for reuse or discharge,” says Klaus Andersen, President of Veolia Water Technologies, Inc. The newly issued patent (U.S. 9,278,875) specifically supports the crystal recovery/sludge recycling process of the LoSO4 technology and is the second patent related to this invention. The process separates aluminum-based crystals from the precipitated sludge of the LoSO4 technology to recycle them back into the system for reuse. “This new patented process enhances the efficiency of the LoSO4 system by capturing approximately 95% of crystals from the sludge and recycles them to be reused in the system,” according to Chuck Blumenschein—a co-inventor of the LoSO4 technology. He adds, “this process boosts crystal growth which improves the removal of sulfate and other solids from the wastewater stream.”