Membrane technologies have emerged in recent years as a viable and cost effective treatment alternative for difficult to treat water, desalination, as well as compliance with increasingly stringent water regulations and standards.
Membrane Technologies Can Provide:
- A barrier against microbes and pathogens
- An effective solution to Disinfection By-Products (DBP™s)
- Fewer treatment unit processes
- Higher efficiency at lower costs
- Application to a broad range of water qualities
As the demand for new potable water supplies is increasing worldwide, membrane technologies are becoming a cost-effective, viable solution for brackish water, seawater, surface water and waters contaminated with arsenic, radium, nitrate, etc. During the past ten to twenty years, the availability, efficiency and reliability of membrane systems have significantly increased, while the capital and operational costs of these systems have declined considerably. This has resulted in worldwide exponential growth of membrane treatment plants:
- 1970: 10
- 1980: 100
- 1990: 1000
- 2000: 5000
In addition to potable water applications, membrane technologies are now being utilized for industrial, wastewater recovery, and reuse applications, too. In recent years a variety of industries such as pharmaceutical, computer and chip manufacturing, power plants, food and beverage, bottling companies, etc. have started installing membrane systems.