Dairy Wastewater Treatment Technology

ClearCove’s patented ClearCapture® technology is delivering industry-leading results in the dairy wastewater treatment world; a position validated by the fact we are engaged with some of the top dairy processors and cooperatives in the United States and Worldwide.

Effectively Tackling Dairy Wastewater Treatment Challenges

There are several critical environmental challenges facing dairy processors today. To stay competitive, it is imperative dairy processors address these challenges to mitigate their operational risks and reduce costs.

The Challenge of Water Scarcity

Water scarcity is a real and growing issue, both in the U.S. and worldwide. Per the Innovation Center for US Dairy, dairy-related water use represents approximately 5.1% of total US water withdrawals. In addition, five of the top 10 dairy-producing states are among the top 10 states suffering from the highest levels of water scarcity. Water scarcity not only increases operational costs; it also limits production levels in facilities—further impacting profitability. With an optimal dairy wastewater treatment solution, processed wastewater offers one of the largest opportunities for water recovery, allowing for reuse in CIP, washing, irrigation and other operational processes.

The ClearCapture® system by ClearCove can remove organics and inorganics from dairy wastewater more effectively and efficiently than any other technology in the marketplace today. This results in the recovery of more water for reuse—over 90% –significantly reducing the water footprint in processing facilities.

Tackling Municipal Surcharges, Fines & Violations

Sewer surcharges, fines, and violations are also on the rise. These charges can often amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars based on the wastewater that processors are sending to the sewer—a significant burden. Alongside this, the fines and penalties for violating permit levels are also becoming increasingly punitive, and in turn raising the financial and legal risks facing processors. On-site dairy wastewater treatment that can remove high levels of organics and solids prior to being discharged to the sewer provides producers a significant payback, mitigating the risks Environmental standards are tightening to protect the watershed, air and land. Permit limits are becoming increasingly difficult to meet, leaving some processors out of compliance with regulations.

Phosphorous & Nitrogen Recovery

States like Wisconsin and Vermont have begun to set new limits for nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen to protect the surrounding watershed, making it more difficult for dairy processors to continue their current wastewater disposal practices, such as land application.

It is necessary for producers to deploy effective and reliable on-site dairy wastewater treatment solutions to combat these pressures. This is another problem that can be solved with ClearCove’s ClearCapture® system, with higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness compared to other technologies. The levels of phosphorous and nitrogen can be reduced to the most stringent discharge levels. Moreover, the phosphorous and nitrogen can then be used for beneficial purposes—notably as a fertilizer—depending on the needs in question.

Reducing Energy Costs

Energy costs are rising, which is further exacerbated by growing usage levels. Implementation of energy-efficient technologies and processes are imperative to ensure ongoing operational profitability. ClearCove’s innovative, low energy biology-free dairy wastewater treatment solutions provide benefits that conventional energy-intensive solutions—e.g., DAF and the myriad biological systems—simply cannot deliver.

Biology-free: The Future of Dairy Wastewater Treatment

Moreover, by removing problematic microorganisms or bugs from the equation, the hassle is also removed. This means that dairy processors can then focus on what they do best—producing delicious dairy products—versus having to play the role of a wastewater treatment plant operator. ClearCapture®’s biology-free technology can lead to sizeable savings in both energy and chemical costs, from 40-80%, when compared to traditional industry technologies, such as DAF and biological systems.

Dairy (Cheese) Processing Client

ClearCapture® P1250 Product Activation: Dairy Wastewater Treatment Project




Effluent water meets potable water standards

Pretreatment removes nearly all TSS and FOG

Enables membrane technology

Zero biology

Solids capture reactor controls the carbon

Highly automated with remote management

Dairy Wastewater Treatment


Reduce lagoon requirements

Removes 99% of organics, solids, pathogens

Regulatory compliance