|To:||Membrane Industry & Media Publications|
|From:||Harold Fravel, AMTA Executive Director|
|Contact:||email@example.com / 772-463-0844|
|Date:||September 15, 2017|
Membrane water treatment technology usage and needs in the United States was highlighted in Washington, DC on September 7, 2017 in a roundtable discussion held at the U.S. Department of the Interior hosted by the American Membrane Technology Association along with Water Environment Federation and the WateReuse Association.
Ben Movahed, AMTA Board member gave an overview of membrane technology followed by four talks by the following utilities:
- Town of Jupiter, FL, Rebecca Wilder, Assistant Facilities Manager, discussed their BW and NF plant growth and investigations into constituents of emerging concern.
- Michael R. Markus, General Manager of the Orange County Water District, CA discussed the role of membranes in shaping the worlds’ largest indirect potable reuse project.
- Christine Owen, Water Quality Senior Manager, Tampa Bay Water, FL reviewed the Tampa Bay water effort to add alternative water supplies which included the Tampa Bay desalination plant started in 2003.
- Hector Gonzalez, Government Affairs Manager, El Paso Water Utilities, TX presented the work done for the largest Inland desalination plant and issues around concentrate disposal and the recent contract with a mineral recovery company.
After the utilities talks, four company representatives discussed issues around membrane adoption and development and suggested ways to accelerate innovation and usage. These representatives were:
- Cedella Beazley, Commercial Director for the Americas, Dow Water & Process Solutions
- Ben Soucy, General Manager of Memcor Products, Evoqua Water Technologies
- Geert-Henk Koops, Technology Leader UF/MBR, GE Power Water and Process Technologies
- Lynne Gulizia, Sales Director Americas, Toray Membrane USA.
The roundtable also included over forty representatives from the Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Congressional Research Service, and Bureau of Reclamation. A lively question and answer period was held at the end of the session with some direct but professional questions about the level of risk associated with membrane plants, decentralization of facilities and ways to promote growth of membrane technology. Likewise, the U.S. Geological Survey efforts to document water quality and constituents was recognized.
In the afternoon, there was a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill to present the progress made with membranes to meet the water quality needs in the United States. The briefing started with a review of membrane technology followed by abbreviated versions of the utility presentations to Congressional staff in attendance. All of the morning speakers were in attendance for the question and answer dialogue. The Honorable Representative Brian Mast hosted our session in the Congressional Building.
A White paper on membrane technology written by AMTA along with several AMTA Technical Fact sheets were given to all attendees.
The American Membrane Technology Association’s mission is to promote, advocate and advance the understanding and application of membrane technology to create safe, affordable and reliable water supplies, and to treat municipal, industrial, agricultural and waste waters for beneficial use. AMTA provides broad opportunities for the exchange of technical, operational and financial information among individuals and organizations interested in membrane technologies. As the leading advocate of membrane processes in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America, AMTA is a strong voice for regulatory and legislative reforms essential to the understanding, acceptance and utilization of membrane technologies. Please visit www.amtaorg.com for more information.