The Many Uses of Desalination to Limit Pressure on Water Resources
More than 25% of the global population stays within the 20-30 km range from the coast where ample water can be found for uses ranging from industrial applications to drinking water. Unfortunately the water contains a lot of salt and minerals. The salts can be removed from the water through special membrane technology as can be found at desalination plants.
A desalination plant basically employs the technology in turning sea or brackish water into potable water. Municipal wastewater can also be treated at a desalination plant and valuable products can be recovered in the manufacturing industry.
Desalination is now one of the most effective methods for turning water in the earth’s largest reservoir into water that can be used in daily applications. The ocean is immense and with the technology already available for a long time, countries in the Middle East have made immense progress in utilising sea-water more effectively.
Desalination plants can now be found in numerous countries around the world including, but not limited to:
- South Africa
The plants produce billions of litres of potable water daily. Advances in membrane technology have largely contributed to the wide scale application of desalination as a means to make salt water drinkable and more usable in industries. There are currently over 20 000 desalination plants in the world with 50% of the plants converting sea water into fresh water. The other 50% desalinates brackish water for applications in industry and for household usage.
With dwindling natural resources driving the price of water in the upwards spiral, it has become essential to seek alternatives. Membrane-based desalination offers a cost-effective and safe alternative to use water again instead of using all the stored water in dams alone.
How WaterIcon can help
We offer a wide range of services and products when it comes to desalination plants:
- Design, build, install and commission desalination plants.
- Service and maintain the plants.
- Extensive range of membranes for desalination from top brands.
- Portable desalination plants and containerised units.
- Small desalination plants for coastal housing projects, residential houses and communities.
Design and construction
Our team of engineers and technicians have years of experience in designing, installing and commissioning desalination plants. We specialise in the conceptual design of the plant and related equipment. With our expertise we help clients to save on costs through the reduction of pumping, engineering and total capital lay-out investments. We use erosion-free materials to ensure optimal protection against corrosion.
Service and maintenance
We offer general consultation, complete operations and maintenance services for completed and existing plants irrespective of size. Clients also benefit from services such as:
- Training of client employees regarding management and operation of the plant.
- Technical service support.
- Safety, health, and quality control services.
We offer superior quality membranes from the top brands in the industry including the likes of Yarn home, Dow/Filmtec, Toray, Vontron, and Hydranautics. The membranes can be used for a wide range of processes including:
- Reverse osmosis (RO)
- Nano filtration (NF)
- Micro filtration (MF)
- Ultra filtration(UF)
Portable and pre-packaged plants
Clients can order portable, pre-packaged and self-contained desalination plants suitable for smaller scale operations, temporary projects as well as coastal housing projects and applications in rural communities.
The smaller units can treat up to 1200 m3 water a day while the larger units, more permanent in structure, can treat up to 4800m3 of water a day. We offer the units pre-assembled, deliver, and install such at client premises. The plug & play nature of the designs ensures easy setup and operation. The units can also be used in conjunction with other water treatment processes in the automotive, chemical, food & beverage and mining industries.
Recycle and re-use water in industrial applications and turn brackish and salt water into portable water through our cost-effective desalination solutions. Call us today for professional assistance and cost-effective water treatment solutions.