Jul 12, 2011

RO Membranes to Expand Florida Water Treatment Plant

Reverse osmosis technology from Koch Membrane Systems will help increase the plant’s capacity

Koch Membrane Systems Inc. has been selected to provide its Fluid Systems TFC reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for the municipal water treatment plant at the town of Davie, Fla.

As part of a project to upgrade and expand the capacity of the existing facility, the RO elements will be installed in four trains with a 2.0 mgd capacity each, running at 80% recovery. These RO trains, along with three cartridge filter vessels and one clean-in-place system, will be designed and fabricated by Aerex Industries, based in Fort Pierce, Fla. The total plant capacity will be 8 mgd, serving a population of 90,000.

RO will be incorporated into the Davie water treatment plant to lower the total dissolved solids in the well water that supplies the area’s drinking water. RO is the most energy efficient method of removing dissolved salts and other water borne contaminants from water to meet drinking water standards. The treatment of brackish water for municipal water supplies is one of the most common RO applications.

Delivery of the membranes is expected to be in early 2013 with commissioning of the plant scheduled for June 2013.

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