Water pre-treatment is necessary for industrial facilities to operate at peak performance, and in most cases, pre-treatment includes one or more types of filtration. For example, your industrial facility’s water pre-treatment program may include a combination of microbiological control, filter treatment, water softening, or other methods. Here is a closer look at the three most common types of water pre-treatment used within industrial facilities today:
1. Water softeners—When used as part of a water pre-treatment plan, water softening can reduce calcium or magnesium from forming into scale on vital filtration system membranes. Some of the chemicals often used as part of a water softening system can include ion exchangers, de-chlorinators, and de-mineralizers.
2. Reverse osmosis—When certain quality guidelines are followed, using reverse osmosis within an industrial system can treat nearly any feedwater. As part of one of these systems, proper water pre-treatment is needed to eliminate suspended solids, metals, and other materials and to ensure the reverse osmosis system continues to work properly.
3. Filter treatment—There are many types of filter treatment options that exist for the purpose of supporting membrane and filter operations. These include multi-media filtration, microfiltration, carbon filters, and sand filters.
Overall, the implementation of one or all of these solutions as part of a water pre-treatment plan can improve operations and efficiency while reducing system costs.