Just as all technologies today change nearly on a daily basis, water treatment systems have become inundated with ever-evolving high tech improvements and upgrades as well. There is a myriad of advances being instituted today by water treatment companies, and most likely more to come in the near future.
Advances in desalination techniques have provided access to fresh clean water in arid and water-scarce regions all over the world. Membrane technology has been invented so that water treatment systems can now eliminate harmful pollutants, microorganisms, and other dangerous and sometimes deadly bacteria and other impurities from water sources. Disinfection solutions have been created and are now in use, as well.
At Ideal Water Solutions, we partner with some of the best water treatment equipment providers across the country so that we can offer our customers state-of-the-art systems. We inspect and test all the equipment we use to make sure that it is up to our very highest standards.
Let’s explore some of the upcoming technologies and trends in the water treatment industry. Some are already in use.
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Drinking water, tap water, bathing water, all water used today comes from groundwater, aquifers, or reservoirs. And because water seeps through soil, around rocks, and sits underneath the earth’s crust, there is always a risk of contaminants being present. Organic matter, fertilizer run-off, dissolved solids, minute pieces of metal, chemicals, viruses, or bacteria can commonly be found in untreated or unfiltered water.
The emerging membrane technology or “nanocomposite membrane”, is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of sustainable water treatment. These membranes not only allow for higher water flow, but they are also designed to enhance the process of removing all types of contaminants and impurities, no matter how small.
Because they are more efficient than the conventional membrane processes, they also reduce the consumption of energy and are more cost effective. And they can be used by water utility companies, industries, businesses, and residential homes.
Carbon Based Purification Systems
Carbon based materials such as activated carbon, graphene-based materials, and carbon nanotubes are all currently being used in many water treatment systems across the country.
Graphene-based materials come in the form of fibers or composite materials that are light, tough, and demonstrate exceptional electrical and thermal conductivity. Carbon nanotubes are formed by cylindrical molecules known for their high strength, low weight, and flexibility.
All three of these carbon-based processes are now being employed in water purification systems due to their high absorption capacities and large surface areas, which enhance their ability to remove a wide range of contaminants quickly.
In addition, because these carbon-based systems can strategically find and remove so many more impurities from your water, they are also able to increase the lifespan of filtration systems by getting rid of particles that can cause scale, rust, or other equipment killing minerals.
By continuing to develop and use carbon-based water purification techniques, the water purification and filtration industries can improve overall performance, increase water flow, and extend the life of your water treatment system.
Water Quality Monitoring Technology
Innovative water treatment equipment companies are already developing ways to enable early detection, real-time analysis, and continuous data collection for both home and business water treatment system customers, as well as for city or community water utility companies.
Methods for monitoring water quality used up to this point in time have had limitations because of inaccurate information, lack of cost-efficiency, and absence of real-time data collection. With the new and highly advanced technology available today, water treatment companies can show customers how to monitor the purity of their water via the Internet.
Remote sensing of potential water quality issues, early detection, predictive modeling, and other high-tech solutions can also enable water utilities and home or business water treatment system customers to more efficiently identify and solve any problems. Catching problems before they become dangerous to the health and welfare of a community, business, or single consumer is a very positive breakthrough as a result of innovative technology.
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Electrochemical, thermal, ultraviolet radiation, and chemical oxidation technologies are already being used by forward thinking water treatment companies to remove pesticides, industrial waste, pharmaceutical waste, iron, microplastics, metals, and other trace pollutants from the water your drink.
These technological disinfection improvements can break down and remove a wide range of impurities, making them a sustainable and affordable option for communities and customers. They can also remove chemicals, bacterial microbes, phosphorus, and more.
Let’s face facts. Freshwater resources are growing scarce. In fact, the United Nations and other global organizations have warned that access to fresh, clean water will be drastically reduced and there will be a severe water shortage affecting the entire planet by 2040. That is not that far away.
New desalination techniques are starting to address the challenge of removing salt from our oceans’ water, producing salt-free, good tasting, clean, drinkable water.
Advancements like the filtration processes discussed above have not only improved the efficiency of desalination, but they have also made the process more economical and environmentally friendly. They reduce energy consumption and enhance the rates at which we can recover water to process.
Many times, water from all sources faces the risk of contamination from organic pollutants. Biological microbes, industrial chemicals, pesticides, fertilizer, and other microbial pests do not readily degrade or disintegrate. In fact, many of them stay in the environment for a long, long time. These contaminants not only threaten the health of people and animals, but they also challenge our ecosystems and environment.
Scientists and environmental experts have helped water treatment equipment companies construct innovative “biomediation techniques” that use natural processes to remove impurities, reduce the use of chemicals to purify water, lower consumption of energy, and clean and purify wastewater for reuse.
“Good” bacteria can also be introduced into water to combat the growth of algae and remove sludge in the water. Genetic engineering, bioengineered microorganisms, organic engineering, all of these “space age” techniques will be available (if they aren’t already) to help supply human beings with clean, pure, fresh water.
Nanofiltration is a process using a nanoporous membrane made up of pores that are 0.001 microns. For reference purposes, human hair is generally 70 microns and a coffee filter ranges from 10 to 20 microns.
These tiny membranes filter water with a low number of dissolved solids. They remove minute pieces of iron, aluminum, and other metals that may be in the water, in addition to disinfecting it by removing organic matter. It also softens the water.
Nanofiltration requires less energy, and it produces higher flux rates at lower pressures. Flux is the flow rate of water through areas of the membrane. By producing a higher flux rate at lower pressures, the costs of producing energy are lowered.
Nanofiltration removes most natural, organic molecules, nearly all viruses, and a range of salts. It cleans up brackish water, reduces nitrates, sulfates, and tannins, resulting in pure, clean, clear water in the process. Because this technology can be integrated with existing water treatment systems, it lowers your installation costs and reduces the cost of operating the water treatment system.
As technology continues to advance in the creation of water treatment processes, systems will become more energy efficient and more eco-friendly. New designs will be incorporated, producing more efficient and effective filtration equipment. Renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels, will be used to run city-wide water treatment utilities.
Smart systems that use real-time data will allow both utilities and residential property owners the ability to monitor the quality of their water and the amount of energy they are using to filter and clean it.
At Ideal Water Solutions, we are committed to bringing fresh, clean water to our Central Florida and Gulf Coast communities. That’s why we offer the very best in water treatment processes and systems, so that we can deliver high-quality water to your home, farm, or business.
Our professional, experienced team can help identify and evaluate any issues you may have with your current water system and then offer you a cost-effective, concise, and reliable proposal to address, repair, or replace your current filtration system in a timely manner. And we can offer you all the new technology that is already on the market and available to system installers like us.