In 2015, Parker Water and Sanitation District (PWSD) commissioned the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility (RHWPF) which is a ceramic membrane facility with Actiflo™ Turbo and Actiflo™ Carb pre-treatment processes with a design capacity of 10 million gallons per day (mgd). The RHWPF treats blended water consisting of local surface water, alluvial and Denver Basin aquifer water in addition to reclaimed water from PWSD’s two Water Reclamation Facilities. Membrane fouling was a primary challenge during the first few years of operation, and this significantly limited the capacity of the facility. The PWSD team reached out to other utilities for guidance; however, we found no other treatment plants utilizing the same combination of treatment processes, so the team worked diligently to optimize the processes with the assistance of the equipment suppliers and third party consultants. After many efforts to identify, remove, and eliminate the source of the fouling of the membranes, we have successfully “dialed in” the treatment processes for our ceramic membranes which has resulted in achieving the sustained design flux capacity and permeability of our ceramic elements. These changes have ensured that the facility can now reliably meet the production needs of our customers throughout the year.
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- Steve Folle
- Parker Water and Sanitation District
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