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Drinking Water

How we support the process for potabilization

Two solutions are often used for the final treatment of water and its consumption by humans: reverse osmosis membranes and UV disinfection. And these two technologies, in turn, can find an ally in free-fiber cloth filters. The goal: effective removal of suspended solids pre-potable.

Drinking water: the process after tertiary treatments

We have now reached the tertiary treatment stage in the case of municipal plants (or at least removal of suspended solids down to a few tens of mg/l, if we are talking about industrial plants). One step is still necessary at this point to make the treated water safe for human consumption: it is the potabilization process. These are some of the methods for obtaining potable water.

  • Reverse osmosis: the purification of water using semipermeable membranes. Water is pushed through the membrane against its natural flow, from a more concentrated solution to a less concentrated one (hence the term “reverse”).
  • Final disinfection: this is often done by chlorination or through the use of UV lamps.
  • pH control: this analytical activity is used to ensure that the phosphorus value is within the safe range for consumption.

Constant monitoring from a Deming cycle perspective (circularity of management approach and continuous improvement) is also essential: this is both for the care of people’s health and as a litmus test for any plant maintenance needs.

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Cloth filters: a support for pre-potabilization

We have seen that the potabilization phase requires the use of technologies such as reverse osmosis membranes and ultraviolet lamps: both of these technologies derive a great deal of support from the upstream installation of free-fiber cloth filters.

This is because the depth filtration, enabled by these solutions (instead of the translation of surface filtration), allows a higher yield of pre-potable solids removal. Each of the two downstream solutions achieves considerable advantages.

  • Membranes are safeguarded from fouling. The frequency of chemical washes, which are periodically necessary for the proper operation of this solution but limited by good upstream filtration, is also limited.
  • On the other hand, ultraviolet lamps require the water to be treated to have a very low content of suspended solids both for the sake of operating efficiency and difficult fouling management. Free-fiber cloth filters achieve this: up to 5 mg/l total suspended solids.

Advantages of cloth filters for pre-potabilization

  • Very high suspended solids removal yields due to depth filtration (of TSS < 10 mg/l): this avoids excessive loads for downstream solutions.
  • Reduced electricity use (max 1.9 kW per machine), limited to backwashing of cloths: fewer resources to be used for the plant as a whole.
  • Flexibility in case of overloads, self-adjustment according to input parameters.
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