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The Hydro Sheen Filter is the ideal filtration device for polishing sheen from indoor or outdoor water discharge operations of portable secondary containment, spill berms, spill pallets and more.

The Hydro Sheen Filter is an alternative solution to expensive and labor-intensive water filtration systems. A portable secondary containment filtration system that incorporates the patented Agent-Q fabric. The Agent-Q fabric is a hydrophilic spunbond, non-woven fabric with oil-solidifying polymers embedded between quilted layers. The Agent-Q fabric allows water to flow through the Hydro Sheen Filter but traps oil and oil sheen.

Other wastewater treatment options require constant monitoring, but the Hydro Sheen Filter is equipped with a hydrocarbon detection strip that will turn blue when the Hydro Sheen Filter needs to be changed. The Hydro Sheen Filter can easily fit over a threaded or unthreaded outlet pipe, and the accompanying pre-filter conveniently fits onto the inside discharge drain.

The Hydro Sheen Filter features heavy-duty, chemically resistant urethane collars for quick and easy installation. The exterior of the filter is constructed of a highly visible coated mesh that is abrasion resistant, anti-fungal, mildew resistant, flame retardant, Phthalate-free, antimicrobial and has a high tensile strength. The Agent-Q fabric of the Hydro Sheen Filter contains about 120 grams of oil solidifying polymers that will filter out oil sheen and hydrocarbons in temperatures ranging from -30 to 130 F.



  • The flow rate for a 2 inch x 12 inch filter with 12-inch water head in vertical position is 11.29 GPM (677.4 GPH).
  • The flow rate for a 2 inch x 12 inch filter with 12-inch water head in horizontal position is 7.91 GPM (474.6 GPH).
  • Heavy-duty, flexible, chemical resistant urethane collars for quick and easy installation.
  • Exterior of filter is highly visible UV resistant coated mesh that is abrasion resistant, anti-fungal and mildew, flame retardant, Phthalate-free, antimicrobial and has a high tensile strength.
  • Filter medium is Agent-Q (US Patent 8,986,822). Filter contains about 120 grams of oil solidifying polymers.
  • Agent-Q will solidify hydrocarbons in temperatures ranging from -30 to 130 F.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), water pollution from industrial wastewater is one of the most common sources of waterway pollution. Water discharge from industrial or commercial sites often contains harmful pollutants like oil or other hydrocarbons that are drained into the environment. Under the provisions of the Clean Water Act, facilities are required to have systems in place that separate these contaminants from water evacuations.

The Hydro Sheen Filter from Basic Concepts is an innovative oil filtration solution that separates hydrocarbons and oil from water discharge. To help users understand the applications of the Hydro Sheen Filter, this guide will explore the traditional methods of wastewater filtration and contrast them with the advantages of the Hydro Sheen option as well as outline the basic regulations that impact wastewater discharge.

Methods of Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater treatment refers to the process of separating pollutants like oil, sediment, or debris from water before it is discharged or recycled. There are several methods of wastewater treatment used by industrial and public facilities. Here is a breakdown of the four main approaches.

Physical. A physical approach to wastewater treatment involves using some mechanism that physically separates substances or debris from the water. One example of a physical mechanism is sedimentation which uses gravity to allow debris to fall in a collection bin. Facilities that use sedimentation typically run wastewater through a tank that is uniquely designed to separate wastewater from debris.

Another physical wastewater treatment option is aeration. Aeration oxidizes wastewater by pumping air through it. As the air is pumped into the wastewater, organic materials begin to break down through aerobic biodegradation. Wastewater treatment options like sedimentation and aeration are effective but also expensive. Sedimentation requires specialized equipment and tanks, while the Journal of Water Science and Technology identified aeration as the single most energy-intensive wastewater treatment option.

Biological. A biological approach to wastewater treatment utilizes microorganisms to metabolize substances like human waste or oil. Anaerobic fermentation, for example, retains wastewater at a specific temperature so that fermentation can occur. Fermentation causes the proliferation of microorganisms which, in turn, breakdown waste in the water.

Composting is another biological approach that involves introducing carbon sources into the wastewater. While Biological approaches are more cost effective, they do not remove all hydrocarbons from wastewater.

Chemical. Chemical filtration of wastewater involves the addition of some neutralizing agent or compound—like chlorine—into the water. These chemicals are meant to break down bacteria or other substances in the water. Typically, a range of chemicals are used to treat water since no single compound can remove all hydrocarbons or contaminants from the water. Using so many specialized compounds can be expensive and time consuming.  

Sludge Treatment. Sludge is a technical term that refers to a semi-solid mass that is called a biosolid. Sludge treatment options are methods of filtration that separate biosolids from wastewater. Dewatering equipment that allows water to pass through a filtration system but traps biosolid waste is an example of sludge treatment.

Meet Compliance with Dewatering Equipment

Section 112.8(c)(3) and 112.12(c)(3) of the code of federal regulations concerning secondary containment states that all water accumulations must be inspected for the presence of oil and that drainage events be monitored and maintained by the facility. The Hydro Sheen Filter and other Dewatering solutions from Basic concepts will enable facilities to meet regulatory compliance by capturing oil, debris, and hydrocarbons before they can enter the environment. 

Basic Concepts is the world leader in the portable spill containment market because we offer high quality products that have features that customers prefer year after year! Please call to discuss your secondary containment requirements with one of our experienced, on-staff technical sales representatives. We’ll gladly supply references, comparative test data, and sample spill containment materials to help you make an informed decision. Basic Concepts is part of the Justrite Safety Group.