DuPont develops an RO-based water treatment plant

13 January 2020

DuPont has come up with a new form of a water treatment plant, in an effort to address the rising water shortage in the country.

“Rising groundwater shortage, urbanisation and heightened industrial activities have all put a strain on municipal corporations’ ability to meet the water demand,” said H.P. Nanda, Global Vice-President and General Manager, DuPont Water Solutions.

This problem is accentuated by the demand from residential users and industry, the latter needing much larger quantities. Also, for industry, there are government mandates on the usage of water.

“Industrial water users in India are finding it more challenging to manage their water utility because of reduced access to reliable, low-cost water sources, as well as the higher costs associated with water discharge,” said Nanda.

Factoring in all this, DuPont has come up with a treatment plant, the size of a heavy hauler truck, that can cater to four villages with around 60,000 inhabitants. In contrast, a water treatment plant can be the size of a football stadium, catering to millions of users. “The filtration technique is specific to systems with a small footprint, and the current capacity of 5,000m3 per day can be expanded by up to 25% without requiring further mechanical or electrical work,” added Nanda.

In this method, wastewater is recycled using a membrane-based system through Reverse Osmosis (RO). Membrane bio-reactors, that are based on the process of ultrafiltration with a bioreactor, treat the wastewater, which can then be used for irrigation.

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