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Advanced Water Treatment Methods Thwart Emerging Contaminants

Communities across the country are experiencing population growth in combination with aging infrastructure. Such growth provides many opportunities, including increased retail and commercial sales, industrial expansion and the attraction of new customers.

But it can also come at a cost.

Water supply is at the epicenter of growth. Municipalities are often forced to expand their water portfolio by finding secondary sources to meet increased demand. These sources often contain some level of contamination.

At a time when demand for water is high and quality is low, advanced water treatment helps address the increasing problem of emerging contaminants resulting from the chemicals used to produce personal care products, pharmaceuticals and other manmade chemicals.

While these chemicals have existed in water sources for decades, technology has improved the ability to understand how public health is affected by their presence. Further, we’ve developed a comprehensive toolkit for treating this kind of contaminated source water. These advanced water treatment methods include:

  • Low pressure membrane filtration (micro- and ultrafiltration) to remove suspended material.
  • High pressure membrane filtration (nanofiltration and reverse osmosis) to remove dissolved solids.
  • Advanced oxidation using ozone, hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet (UV) systems.

As emerging contaminants continue to pose threats to water sources nationwide it’s critical to consider the best and most cost-effective approach to protect public health while supporting economic and population growth.

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Jake White
Written by Jake White

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