4 Benefits of Using Reverse Osmosis Wastewater Treatment
When a municipality or business wants to reuse their wastewater, some applications require more treatment than others due to the quality of the wastewater. Many standard wastewater treatment systems consist of pre-treatment, primary treatment, and secondary treatment stages. By the end of the secondary stage, a majority of the pollutants, solids, organics, inorganics, and metals have been removed or reduced. This is where reverse osmosis wastewater treatment can be utilized in a third stage process.
“ Most” is the operative word here…..
Secondary treatment can offer you an effluent that’s safe to discharge, but it would not meet standards for reuse applications. Such reuse applications may include the following applications below.
These reuse applications could be for industrial or municipal wastewater. All of these applications typically require tertiary treatment.
Agricultural irrigation of edible food crops
Irrigation of residential and public landscaping
Industrial process water that may contact workers
Industrial or commercial cooling or air conditioning
Artificial snow making
Cleaning and sanitation
Boiler feed water
We know there are plenty of places that wastewater or grey water can be reused, and tertiary treatment is needed to ensure that the wastewater is clean enough for those uses, but what specific treatment process is useful at this stage?
The specific tertiary treatment process would be evaluated based on the effluent water quality from a secondary process. Reverse osmosis wastewater treatment is one tertiary treatment process that can be used.
The use of membrane-based technology will ensure that smaller particles that were missed in the previous stages will be taken care of, particularly total dissolved solids (TDS).
However, that’s just one benefit of using reverse osmosis wastewater treatment.
Below, are four more benefits to using reverse osmosis for certain tertiary wastewater treatment applications.....