Waste water

​Howden blowers and  compressors providing a reliable source of air for aeration in the Waste Water Treatment process

Waste water treatment is required for both effluent from municipal sewerage systems and from industrial processes such as food, drink, pulp and paper sectors where liquid organic effluents are produced as a by-product.

The demand for treatment plants is growing quickly in many countries to process increasing volumes of waste water whilst avoiding pollution.
We have been involved in waste water treatment for many decades, and have developed our rotary blower and turbo compressor technology for the specific needs of water treatment plants, and with aeration accounting for over 60% of power requirements, it is essential to make sure you get an efficient solution.

Comprehensive, Customized Services

Our highly efficient turbo compressor design, fitted with variable inlet guide vanes and variable vane diffuser system offers a unique high performance across the entire duty range and not just at full load duty conditions. We have an unrivalled turbo compressor range covering ten frame sizes with volumes from 4,000 to 140,000 m3/h, with the option to install a unified control system that can optimise part-load operation across several blowers.

Bespoke Packages

Howden provides stand alone or bundled aeration systems and performance certification. We have technical knowledge beyond the product and offer instrumentation and control systems which give you state-of the-art real-time monitoring of water condition.

In-House Expertise

We offer complete aeration system solutions to water treatment industries. When you select Howden, you get consistent and reliable results every time. The combination of energy efficiency, improved process performance, equipment robustness, and system ease of use will deliver a low total cost of ownership.

  • Grit chamber aeration

    Airflow is generated by a blower and is introduced into the Aerated Grit Chamber via a tube which is located near the bottom of the chamber, thereby creating a circular or toroidal flow pattern in the wastewater. The continuous rising flow deflects off an energy-recovery baffle at the liquid surface. This flow pattern causes the grit to settle to the bottom of the chamber while keeping lighter organic material in suspension to be processed further downstream.

    • Lobe Blowers
  • Difuser aeration

    Injection of air into wastewater to oxidize organics to aid microorganisms in the bio-degradation of the pollutants. Centrifugal compressor, or rotary blower can be applied here and are dependent on capacity, flow rate and efficiency requirements

    • Lobe Blowers
  • Sludge Drying

    Sewage sludge can be combusted on site, shipped elsewhere for combustion or used as agricultural fertilizer. The larger plants and those in metropolitan areas opt for on site incineration. Fluid bed combustors utilize blowers.

    • Lobe Blowers
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    Parts & Service

    Lifetime Support

    Our lifelong aftercare service will supply original replacement parts, support you with maintenance and installation, and even train your own engineers in maintenance techniques. We keep detailed plant records almost indefinitely, and regularly supply spare parts for machinery over 50 years old.