AMTA, SEDA Host Chesapeake Technology Transfer Workshop

The workshop addressed applications of membrane technologies in the Chesapeake, Va. region

The American Membrane Technology Assn. (AMTA) and the Southeast Desalination Assn. (SEDA) held a joint technology workshop May 22 to 23, 2013 in Chesapeake, Va.

The theme of the meeting was “Applications of Membrane Technologies in the Chesapeake Region” and the 14 presentations reinforced the membrane work that is being applied in the area. 

Tuesday afternoon, Craig Maples of the City of Chesapeake gave a review of the Northwest River Water Treatment Plants and the group then went to the plant to see how a facility treats surface water and well water at the same site.  That evening the group took a bus to the Norfolk Tides minor league baseball park for an evening of food, fun and networking.

Wednesday’s program featured several case studies of facilities in the Chesapeake area along with some talks related to scale control and system components. Daniel Horne of the Virginia Department of Health described how in the state of Virginia pressurized hollow fiber systems are deemed conventional treatment whereas all other membrane systems are listed as non-conventional and have additional requirements to be accepted such as piloting, bonding and more. The workshop included a mix of basics, case histories on reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultrafiltration, membrane bioreactors, electrodialysis reversal, and membrane-related issues.

John Potts of SEDA and Bob Oreskovich of AMTA were the program chairs and assembled the speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. The next AMTA Technology Transfer Workshop will be held in Des Moines, Iowa July 15 to 17, 2013.

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