Pennsylvania deli meats producer cuts treatment cost and footprint

Find out how with an expert consultation.


A large producer of deli meats in Southwestern Pennsylvania had a complex and expensive wastewater treatment system consisting of rotary drum screens and dissolved air flotation (DAF). After treatment, effluent was discharged to the local sewer system. 

Plant wastewater had a relatively high BOD, averaging 2,347 mg/L, and of this 34% was soluble.

Facing ever increasing surcharge fees, the plant was looking for a better solution to reduce surcharge and eliminate the complexity of their treatment process on their roast beef processing line.


The plant tested the Hydro-Industrial MicroScreen™ in a side-by-side performance evaluation against their existing rotary screening and DAF system as an option to potentially replace both the screen and the DAF


The Hydro-Industrial MicroScreen™ TSS, FOG and BOD removal rates waerecomparable to the conventional drum screen and DAF, and the system also output total solids of 24%. 

Testing indicated that with the Hydro-Industrial MicroScreen™ the plant could achieve comparable performance in a fraction of the footprint and at a fraction of the operational cost - improving profitability and freeing valuable space for capacity expansion