Hydro-Air Portable Aeration System Treats Water for Bacteria, Iron and Hydrogen Sulfide

The portable Hydro-Air aeration system aerates and mixes water in storage pits and tanks to maintain water quality and prevent bacteria buildup. Compared to chemical treatment programs, the Hydro-Air system is a low-cost alternative for managing the quality of stored flowback and produced water.

  • Hydro-Air system design considers both water quality and volume
  • Portable systems are easy to mobilize
  • Range of sizes available
  • Aeration and mixing prevent bacterial growth
  • Increases dissolved oxygen while reducing sulfides, iron and bacteria
  • System can be adjusted to match changing water quality

Operators managing large volumes of water for unconventional operations must address the challenge of managing water quality in impoundments and above-ground storage tanks. When stored, produced water can foul quickly, leading to poor water quality and potential odor problems. One approach to solving this problem is frequent treatment of pits and tanks with chemical oxidizers. Insufficient mixing and UV degradation of oxidizers, however, can reduce the effectiveness and increase the cost of chemical treatments. A well-designed aeration system can be a better alternative for stored water quality management.

A properly designed aeration system takes into account both water volume and water quality. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) must be tested to determine how much air is required to sufficiently oxygenate the water. This evaluation is essential to properly size an aeration system.

The Hydro-Air portable water aeration system is a low-cost alternative for managing produced water pits and above-ground storage tanks. The combination of introducing air and mixing prevents bacterial growth. By increasing dissolved oxygen, aeration reduces sulfides, iron and bacteria over time. The system can be adjusted to supply more or less air in different configurations to adjust aeration needs as water quality changes.

Floating versus submerged aeration