The objective of this process is to treat the waste water generated in the laundry and staff showers at nuclear facilities. To protect themselves from radiation, staff working within restricted areas use equipment such as safety suits, boots, goggles, masks, gloves, etc.
This equipment can be washed for decontamination and later use. The laundry waste water can contain radioactive particles, especially during stoppages of nuclear plants when maintenance work is carried out.
This innovative process enables the water to be treated in such a way that the most part can be reused for washing, thereby saving on water and minimizing its discharge. It involves two treatment lines, that enter into operation depending on whether or not radioactive substances are present.
The process was developed with the aim of minimizing the amount of low and intermediate level waste (LILW) produced, thereby guaranteeing the quality and efficiency of the washing.