Oil Water Separators

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OIL WATER Separators:

What they are, how they work and what they are used for

An Oil Water Separator is a piece of equipment used for the separation of oil and water mixtures in various industries.

These units are usually connected to drains, trenches, wash bays, storm water systems and other water run off or water  management systems on industrial, commercial or retails sites.

There are Various types of oil water separator systems for different industries

  • API oil–water separator
  • Oily water separator (marine)
  • Gravity plate separatorSeparator 5
  • Centrifugal oily water separator
  • Hydrocyclone oily water separator
  • Flotation
  • Nut shell filtration
  • Electrochemical
  • Downhole oil–water separation
  • Bioremediation

Each one with it’s own features and applications.


The basic reason this system works is density.

Oil is less dense than water and that is why it floats on the water surface. Waste water form rain or cleaning or company processes enter the oil water separator through the inlet. The system then filters the water through a 3 chamber system, removing solids waste, filtering the water away from the oils and hydrocarbons and releasing the treated waste water to flow to the sewerage system. (No more than 10 ppm free oil allowed)


Oil Water Separator



These units are found in all industries.From Filling Stations and Storage houses, to process plants and mines. These units help to keep hazardous chemicals from entering the sewerage systems and impacting the environment.

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One comment

  • Thanks for mentioning that an oil-water separator keeps harmful chemicals from getting into sewerage systems that could impact that environment. I think it’s a good investment that waste water treatment companies have equipment that can eliminate hazardous particles from the water to keep it from getting into other systems. I think it’s a good investment to get an oil-water separator from a reputable company that has high-quality machinery that can service the machine if it should malfunction.

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