For almost 100 years, natural gas pipelines have been synonymous with growth, innovation, high standards, and environmental consciousness. In the mid 90’s, one of the largest volume gas transmission companies in the United States chose to begin addressing a problem of long standing.
A common problem for many natural gas compressor stations is accumulation of standing wastewater. At one facility (in Tennessee), where average annual rainfall was approximately 50 inches, storm water run-off, and ground water seepage caused standing water to accumulate in the basement of the compressor station. Adding this to other extraneous water (e.g., condensate from air compressors), amassed unwanted water at an average rate of 2,000 gallons per week. The water, contaminated with oil and chemicals from equipment, cannot be pumped out and discharged onto the ground because of the negative environmental implications.
For many locations disposing of dirty water such as this has always been a burdensome and expensive process.