The VANISH Wastewater Solution

Designed to exceed environmental compliance standards

Why our VANISH System?

  • Utilize the most proven treatment process on the market
  • Have the lowest service and maintenance costs
  • Are easy to permit
  • Are designed and built to exceed environmental compliance standards
  • Provide for customization to meet your facilities’ budget, capacity and compliance needs

VANISH Systems utilize the most proven treatment process on the market.

VANISH systems treat wastewater using simple flocculation chemistry.

Flocculation was first introduced in the United States in 1880. Flocculation continues to be the fundamental process utilized at municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants the world over.

If over 99% of water treatment facilities world-wide utilize flocculation chemistry; there must be reasons:

  • Are simplest to operate and maintain
  • Have lowest operating costs
  • Provide best quality effluent

Clean Marine Solutions has successfully tweaked the flocculation process to meet the wastewater treatment needs of smaller industries.

Clarified Water Sample

Non-Toxic Sludge

What Our Clients Say

“The VANISH does exactly what you said it would do. It is such a quiet unit that we have it installed in our show room for our customers to see that Gregory Poole Marine is doing all we can to help preserve our environment and lower our water consumption.”

Scott Bedson

Service Manager, Gregory-Poole Marine - Wrightsville Beach

Our VANISH systems produce clarified water that has less copper and other target metals than the EPA threshold for drinking water. Clean effluent makes for easy permitting.

Our VANISH systems produce clarified water that has less copper and other target metals than the EPA threshold for drinking water. Clean effluent makes for easy permitting.

Other benefits include:

Low service and maintenance costs

Take a close look at the VANISH System. The tanks, pumps, plumbing and motors can be serviced by your staff. There are no proprietary components. A customer could choose to buy components off the shelf. In fact, we encourage our customers to do just that if we cannot offer the item at a lower cost.

Some competing systems have black boxes that can only be purchased from AND serviced by the system manufacturer.

The only VANISH System component that cannot be bought off the shelf is the operating program in the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The PLC monitors and runs all operations in the treatment process. We have never had to replace a PLC but can it can be removed and replaced in less than twenty minutes.

Chemical and filter supplies cost approximately 2.5 cents per gallon.

A facility that treats 10,000 gallons annually will spend about $300.00 on chemicals, filters and service per year.


Easy to permit

Our flocculation process by-product is a non-toxic sludge. The sludge is periodically drained from the bottom of the cone-bottomed tank and run through a dewatering filter. The toxins and metals are bound by our proprietary chemicals within the sludge. Certified tests prove that the bound metals will not leach out in a landfill.

To date every landfill asked has allowed customers to dispose of the dried particulate in a dumpster with other yard trash.

Designed and built to exceed environmental compliance standards

Ask one of our competitors about the levels of toxic metals that are in their system’s treated wastewater. A surprising number will tell you something like: We are not really that concerned about heavy metal reduction; most of the metals are filtered out.

Fact – A filter removes only particulate. Although that particulate contains the bulk of the metals, there are still too many metals and other toxins left in the filtered water. Metals left in solution exist as charged atoms (ions).

Filters cannot remove atoms.

The metals in solution are in perfect equilibrium and will stay in solution for eternity unless the equilibrium is upset.

The VANISH system disrupts the equilibrium and the toxic precipitate (floc) rapidly sinks to the bottom of the cone-bottom tank.

The VANISH effluent typically has less toxic heavy metals than the EPA’s threshold for drinking water.

Why is this important?

Some compliance authorities are concerned that some treatment systems produce effluent that contains high levels of metals. Some jurisdictions are considering implementing new standards for the metals in over- spray. If the level of metals in overspray does not meet the new standards – authorities may require that the facility erect a barrier around the boat to contain overspray.

A competitive system may not reduce metals low enough to meet developing recycle standards.

What would you estimate the additional labor costs would be if yard personnel had to erect a spray barrier around each boat hauled?

Customization available to meet your facilities’ capacity and compliance needs

CMS does not want you to purchase anything that you do not need. We will work with you before the sale to ensure that you get your Best-Bang-For-Your-Buck.

We will adjust our chemistry to treat almost any industrial waste stream.

If the amount of wastewater generated increases; it is easy to add optional components to the VANISH System to handle the higher quantity. The components are simple plug and play. The PLC comes programmed to control all component options.

VANISH Manual Treatment System for small wastewater generators

For small generators, we offer a very economical manual treatment system. It has no electrical components and yet it will produce the same quality effluent as our automated systems.

Why buy a system with a treatment capacity way above your needs?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do VANISH systems work?

VANISH systems clarify wastewater using simple flocculation chemistry. Flocculation was first introduced in the United State in 1880. Flocculation continues to be fundamental part of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants the world over.

If over 99% of operators choose flocculation there must be a reason:

1) Simplest to operate and maintain

2) Lowest operating costs

3) Best process to remove metals and other toxins out of wastewater

Clean Marine Solutions has successfully tweaked the flocculation process to meet the needs of small industry. Chemicals can be tailored to your waste stream if necessary.

A study by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality found that average marine boat-wash wastewater contains 69,000 times the discharge standard for copper Clean Water Act.

A compliance officer is collecting wastewater samples for testing. This facility was ordered to cease boatwash operations or face a $25,000 per day fine.

The yard soon became compliant with our VANISH System & permit. 

Our VANISH systems produce an effluent that has less copper than the EPA threshold for drinking water

Almost all VANISH system operations are controlled by the systems’ PLC (programmable logic controller). The PLC controls the injection of treatment chemicals the duration of the treatment process and its LED screen displays information such as time to end of treatment.

 At the push of the AUTO button the VANISH system’s sump pump is activated. If water is detected in the sump, the raw wastewater is pumped into the treatment tank. The PLC and level sensors prevent the tanks from overflowing.

When the Treatment System reaches capacity, a mixer activates to stir the wastewater. The VANISH uses three chemicals: a pH raiser and two treatment polymers. Each is easily prepared on-site using pre-measured concentrates. There is a chemical dosing pump for each chemical. Pumps are controlled by the PLC to precisely dispense chemicals in the proper sequence.

While the wastewater is stirring, the pH probe monitors pH throughout the treatment process. If the pH is lower than required, dilute sodium hydroxide is precisely added to raise the pH to the optimum level for removal of metals.


Control panel with controllable logic


An Ultra-sonic Water Level Sensor senses the quantity of wastewater and the PLC calculates the precise amount of the two polymers to be added.

Once the wastewater has been treated with the appropriate amount of chemicals and thoroughly mixed; the mixer will cutoff. The particulate immediately begins to settle to the bottom of the cone- bottom tank.

The PLC’s screen shows the treatment status throughout the whole process.

The non-toxic sludge is periodically drained from the bottom of the Treatment System’s cone-bottomed tank and dewatered by manually pouring through a filter. After dewatering, the sludge is set out to dry on a pad provided with the systems.

What are the approximate supply (filters and chemicals) costs to treat a gallon of wastewater?

If you send us a sample of your wastewater; we can provide a very close estimate.
Supply costs vary from 1 to 3 cents per gallon depending on the quantity of supplies ordered.
(*Like all commodities, supplycosts will fluctuate)

Our test’s indicate that about 30% of the water leaving the power-washer goes off as over-spray and evaporates.


How many gallons of wastewater can be treated per day?

Treat rates begin at 1,000 gallons per day and go higher.
The VANISH 300 can treat about 1,000 gallons per day.
The VANISH 555 can treat about 3,000 gallons per day.
Custom systems are available if more treatment capacity is required.



VANISH 555 System

Can the treated wastewater be discharged to sewer?

An increasing number of municipalities do not allow any industrial wastewater of any kind to be discharged into their sewer system.

Some jurisdictions will grant permits to discharge the clarified wastewater. The VANISH effluent will very likely meet the technical standards for discharge to sewer.

Municipalities that do allow discharge to sewer may require periodic testing of the effluent.

In that case, discharge to sewer will probably be too costly and recycling will be the better option.

(Clean Marine Solutions will be glad to review the wastewater quality standards in your area.)

Note – A VANISH system was installed in Sausalito, California in 2014.  The city approved the clarified water for discharge to sewer. They said the high quality of the clarified water made approval easy.

What about service?

Take a close look at the VANISH system. You will see that many of the components (tanks, pumps, basic plumbing valves and motors) can be serviced by your staff. The electronic components are similar to marine electronic components – if a component goes bad, unplug it and plug in the new one.

Our technical staff is available 24 / 7. We find face-to-face smart phones conversations very helpful.


Is it difficult to prepare chemical solutions?

No. Clean Marine Solutions provides chemicals in pre-measured quantities to make mixing precise and simple for the operator. We provide color-coded, graduated 5-gallon mixing bucket for each of the three chemicals with instructions clearly written on the label.

Let’s take the coagulant solution for example. The operator simply empties the Coag 791 container into the 5- gallon Coag mixing bucket, adds tap water to the mark indicated on the bucket, and stirs.


Does CMS offer set-up and training?

Training and setup are typically not needed – but it is an available option.

  • Pour contents of pre-measured container into the color-coded pail.
  • Add water to the fill line and stir.
  • Done!