Water challenges

For most of the industrial era, water has been seen as a plentiful and low-cost commodity. That perception has rapidly changed in the course of the past decades. Total global freshwater consumption quadrupled in the last 50 years. 

The growing awareness of a serious water challenge is fortified by other developments, such as the impact of climate change, regulatory restrictions on water use and wastewater discharge, and increasing competition for access to water sources between industry, agriculture and domestic users. Practically all industrial products have a water footprint. 

Nearly every production process needs water, whether it is for extraction of raw materials, processing of intermediates, manufacturing, or maintenance and cleaning. Freshwater availability and quality is a major concern in large parts of the world. Management of water resources has become an important sustainability challenge and business objective. Faced with the prospect of future shortages, many industries have no choice but to thoroughly explore their opportunities for wastewater reuse. 

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applications

Although still much lower in developing nations today, water use is growing fast with industrialization. Water is typically used in the manufacturing process, for cooling purposes, washing and cleaning, and as feedwater for the boiler system to generate steam. 

Especially when surface water is the source, treatment will be necessary to prepare process water. Groundwater and tap water need treatment to become an ingredient, or product water, in foods and beverages, or chemical and pharmaceutical processes.

Industrial water management not only covers efficiency and conservation measures, but also wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse. Industries protect equipment and efficient operations by preventing scale, corrosion, and microbial formation. Reuse involves matching the wastewater from one activity to the required quality for another activity, while recycling processes can theoretically use the same industrial water over and over again. Each location and activity has its own requirements, and fine-tuning water treatment can make huge differences in operational and cost efficiency.

Solutions

Pentair Advanced Filtration delivers the technology and know-how to treat industrial water for all industrial purposes, to any required specification and in the most economical manner. Our solutions diminish the water footprint of manufacturing and reduce dependency on local sources by taking full advantage of reuse opportunities. Key performance indicators, such as footprint, energy and chemicals consumption, are the basis for tailor-made water treatment installations. 

Ultrafiltration is the key technology in preparing product and process water that meets all requirements, and also in wastewater treatment technologies such as membrane bioreactors (MBR). The effluent is ready for discharge or reuse in other applications, and nutrient-rich wastewater even allows for simultaneous energy production. UF is also the ideal pretreatment for reverse osmosis and other water polishing to higher qualities.  

Treatment solutions

  • Preparation of product water and process water 
  • Removal of organic and inorganic contaminants
  • High-solids removal in industrial water
  • Silica removal/boiler feedwater preparation
  • Condensate water treatment  
  • Water recycling and reuse
  • (An)aerobic biological wastewater treatment (MBR)
  • Effluent polishing
  • Pretreatment for (SW)RO desalination 

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