November 2006

Bonus Report: Water Management

Understand reverse osmosis as a vital water treatment

Normalizing plant data reveals true condition of membrane systems

Kucera, J., Nalco Co.

Reverse osmosis (RO) is becoming a common pretreatment method for boiler feedwater. RO is based on using membranes to remove mineral salts and other contaminants that comprise boiler operations. This water treatment application can be applied as a stand-alone unit or along with conventional treatments. However, RO units are not used to their full potential. By applying real-time monitoring and data analysis for RO units, users can develop a "true" picture regarding the health of their unit. Such investigative efforts can identify problems such as fouling before failure occurs. Cost-effective water treatment. Minimizing operating costs and maximizing RO product quality is a simple concept,

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