Projects will increase membrane treatment capacity
Biwater will commence work on two new reverse osmosis (RO) expansion projects in California following the award of contracts to support the Chino Desalter Phase 3 Expansion Plan in Chino and the Goldsworthy Desalter Expansion Project in Torrance.
In Chino, expansion works will add an additional RO skid that will increase membrane treatment capacity by 1.8 million gpd. The expansion of the Chino I Desalter supports The Chino Desalter Phase 3 Expansion Plan, which will provide operational flexibility, increase efficiency and allow the agency to increase the available water supply. The project will help the Chino Basin Watermaster achieve hydraulic control of the Chino Basin to reduce or eliminate migration of brackish groundwater from the southern section of the basin into the Santa Ana River. The project will also address salinity issues that could limit future use of recycled water in the Chino Basin.
Meanwhile in Torrance, Biwater will add 2.3 million gpd RO treatment capacity to Goldsworthy Desalter, which will reduce demand on imported water supplies. This expansion project complements other local initiatives aimed at improving regional water supply reliability.
Biwater will be designing, supplying and supervising the installation of RO equipment on both sites, including testing and start up. Systems will be delivered semi-assembled on a fast-track basis and incorporate energy recovery, which will significantly reduce the overall specific energy consumption of the two facilities.