Wastewater Treatment Systems

Clean Harbors provides a fleet of fully portable, membrane bioreactor wastewater treatment plants and holding tanks for your remote location needs. Our systems use a simple, effective, and low-cost technology that has been used in municipal applications for decades. High quality effluent provides peace of mind when dealing with regulators and with what is being discharged to the environment.

Advantages of Using Clean Harbors’ Wastewater Treatment Equipment

  • Reduce transportation & disposal costs: Wastewater treatment plants placed at rural and remote locations eliminate dependence on the location of the nearest disposal site.
  • Prevent system spills or freeze ups due to weather: Our technicians will go to your site on a weekly basis to inspect all treatment, holding and ancillary equipment to ensure integrity and quality operations and to help mitigate any spills.
  • Ensure compliance with jurisdictional regulations: Clean Harbors provides guidance through the sometimes complex process of obtaining permits and quality control reports. When requested, we will procure permits on your behalf.

In addition, Clean Harbors samples our wastewater treatment plants after startup and on a monthly basis―at a minimum. This regular testing provides feedback on unit operation as required by regulatory authorities to monitor system performance.

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Wastewater Treatment Systems: Maximizing Efficiency

The Process

Clean Harbors’ onsite wastewater treatment systems use aerobic bio-digesters to break down and eliminate black and gray water waste. Bacteria rapidly consumes organic waste material in sewage, releasing only carbon dioxide and water―unlike anaerobic systems such as septic tanks, which release odors and explosive gases.

  1. Sewage is routed from the wellsite trailers, drill camps, etc. via collection piping (heat-traced and insulated during cold weather operations) to heated, automatic lift stations.
  2. It is then moved to the treatment plant by sewage transfer pumps.
  3. Through an assembly of tanks within the treatment plant, the treatment process sequentially continues until the membrane chamber is reached and, ultimately, treated effluent is returned to the environment.
  4. Final treatment occurs in the soil, where absorption, filtration, and biological and chemical reactions remove remaining pollutants.

Membrane Treatment Systems

Clean Harbors deploys equipment as required from strategically located service points. Our membrane treatment options―available from 8- to 250- person sizes―are among the most advanced portable wastewater treatment systems available in Canada and the U.S.

  • Laboratory test results from our membrane treatment systems show they consistently exceed government effluent quality guidelines.
  • State-of-the-art membrane treatment system―capable of being monitored by a modern communication system―ensures the highest levels of camp hygiene and environmental protection.

Holding Tanks

Clean Harbors also offers sewage holding tanks that are fully insulated and heated for winter use. Our largest tanks hold three to four days’ worth of sewage from a typical camp or two weeks’ worth of sewage from a typical wellsite. Sewage is then hauled by vacuum truck to a local treatment facility (e.g. lagoon).

Select a capacity based on your job location, duration, and specific requirements:

  • 750-gallon low-profile
  • 1,500-gallon enclosed in 10-foot C-can
  • 5,000-gallon enclosed in 20-foot C-can

Qualified Technicians

Clean Harbors Field Service technicians attend pre-requisite safety programs prior to being placed into wastewater operations. Within the operations group, all technicians follow a competency-based learning program to ensure they have the technical knowledge needed to safely operate and maintain the wastewater treatment equipment.