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Commodity & Specialty WWT Go Head To Head

We put these two common wastewater options to the test to see where their strengths and weaknesses lie.

When selecting products for their wastewater treatment (WWT) needs, manufacturers can select between commodity chemicals and specialty chemicals. A closer look at their respective strengths and weaknesses helps to illustrate what each have to offer.

Commodity WWT traditionally involves products like lime and calcium chloride. While the price per pound commodity-vs-specialty-comparison-2may be less expensive, using basic commodity chemistry may not always be the most cost-effective option.

Specialty WWT products offer a more specialized range of options that work with manufacturers’ equipment, treat the specific waste they have and usually include technical service.

Factors to consider when comparing the two options include:

  • Labor required
  • Health & safety
  • Equipment compatibility
  • Sludge produced and cost to haul it off-site
  • Dosing needed to meet discharge limits
  • Technical service and training requirements

CLICK HERE to read our blog post where we examine the above factors in relation to specialty & commodity WWT.  The blog post also includes a real-life comparison of two commodity options versus our liquid cationic coagulant product AquaPure I-300.