Protecting Membranes Boosts Benefits
Membranes are a game-changing technology – they’ve propelled water treatment to unprecedented heights. As costs come down and the range of available membrane options expands, membranes are appearing in industrial plants and irrigation setups, not just for big-budget municipal systems.
But membranes are only as good as the prefiltration systems that protect them. After all, flux and permeate production are heavily dependent upon the quality of influent water. Long-term membrane performance is compromised by fouling, as well as by damage from repeated cleanings. And the environmental footprint – and the economic return – of a membrane system are impacted when more chemicals are required to clean it, more energy is required to pump across partially fouled membranes, and more water is disposed of due to low permeate production.