Patent Number: 8,715,498

Title: System and apparatus for treating well flow-back and produced water or other wastewater

Abstract: A polymer-free method and self-draining self-cleaning apparatus for treatment of water with high total dissolved solids including optional pretreatment, precipitation/flocculation, and separation. The pH is raised by addition of caustic soda and/or soda ash. In a vertical clarifier silo, the feed is gently mixed to cause dissolved solids to precipitate and agglomerate to form suspended flocculates. The clarifier includes an internal mixer surrounded by a cylindrical tube diffuser. Rotation of the mixer provides gentle dual circulation patterns within the clarifier that allow for flocculates of a predetermined size to settle from suspension. The clarifier may also include one or more vertical recirculation lines to recirculate some of the heavier flocculates at the bottom of the vessel into the mixer chamber to enhance precipitation via the seeding effect. The suspended flocculates are stripped from the feed water in a centrifugal separator. The clarifier silo may be trailer mounted for rapid deployment.

Inventors: Bly, Jr.; Joseph M. (White Oak, TX), Stacy; Melvin O. (Baton Rouge, LA), Proano; Enrique M. (Cypress, TX)

Assignee: Tervita Corporation

International Classification: C02F 3/12 (20060101); B01D 35/00 (20060101); B01D 29/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018