Weekly Intake: A Water Intake Systems Blog

Traveling Water Screens in the Food & Beverage Industry

By Michael Stock



Clean water. It is absolutely crucial that food & beverage production facilities have a reliable, steady stream of clean water to keep production running efficiently. While traveling water screens are an important first step in getting water into the facility, they are much more than just a way to remove debris from the raw water intake. They are also a way to....


Improve Efficiency & Protect Aquatic Life

Industrial facilities (like food & beverage production) that take in at least 2 million gallons per day from nearby water sources (25% of which is used only for cooling purposes), fall under the jurisdiction of Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act

According to the EPA, Section 316(b) is meant to "reduce impingement and entrainment of fish and other aquatic organisms at cooling water intake structures used by certain existing power generation and manufacturing facilities for the withdrawal of cooling water from waters of the United States."

How do food & beverage production facilities comply with 316(b) while still taking in the amount of water they need to keep production up and running? With traveling water screens, of course.



Traveling water screens, like our Modified Ristroph Fish Handling Traveling Water Screen, are recognized by the EPA as the BTA (Best Technology Available) to comply with the regulation.

Why are they considered the BTA? Well, there are two primary reasons, the non-metallic, Smooth-tex┬« flat wire mesh and the molded fish buckets. The mesh protects fish from descaling and the buckets protect them from turbulence as they come into contact with the traveling water screen and water intake system.

Are you interested in learning more about traveling water screens and Section 316(b) compliance? Then download our guide!


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