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The Truth About Water Consumption

It’s a known fact the total quantity of water on this planet is fixed, its quality is deteriorating, because man has been contaminating it for thousands of years with little regard for the significance of his actions.

Drinking water regulations and water quality standards continue to tighten, and industrial and commercial activities are requiring higher quality in many applications. Due to the population growth, drinking water and agricultural quantity demands are also steadily increasing.

Industries, in general are very poor stewards of water conversation. Most water brought into the plant is used only once, even though that use may have had very little impact on water quality.

In most of the industrialized world, societies have labored under the misconception that the water supply was inexhaustible as well as inexpensive. This cost aspect has been exacerbated by the fact that in many areas, the price of water has been partially subsidized by local governments.

The issue people are faced with is the availability of water of sufficient quality. An analogy is that if all the worlds’ water were to fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for use would equal only about 1 tablespoon.

Today, about 20% of the world’s population is without clean water, and it is expected that without drastic measures, half of the people on this planet will suffer from severe water shortages by 2050. We have recently faced this problem in California with a severe drought lasting more than five years.

Across the United States, 39% of water use goes to energy production. Farms use another 40% and manufacturing an additional 11%. Together these three sectors use about 300 billion gallons of fresh water every day.

The United States could be considered the largest “water-wasting” country in the world with each American using, on average, 100 gallons of water a day, easily twice the quantity of the average European.

We need to address the looming shortages of acceptable quality water by implementing recovery and reuse strategies.

The key to industrial water reuse is to have an arsenal of water filtration technologies available to efficiently remove hazardous or undesirable contaminants from the water supply or wastewater application as the case may be. There is no single water filtration technology that will efficiently remove all classes of contaminants.

PRAB’s approach to wastewater applications involves discussing and completing a comprehensive Data Collection Form.

Once the data form is completed combined with any laboratory analysis of the wastewater, we can then review possible water filtration system technologies using the PRAB Separation Spectrum Chart.

As mentioned earlier it is important for an equipment supplier to have an “arsenal” of equipment solution’s necessary to resolve application challenges in the most economical manner using the latest and most robust technologies.

For PRAB these water filtration system technologies include:

  • Media and Media-less Paper Bed and Vacuum Filters
  • Magnetic Separators, including Rare Earth Magnets
  • Centrifugal separation using both low and high speed separators
  • Microfiltration
  • Ultrafiltration
  • Nanofiltration
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Vacuum Evaporation / Distillation including Mechanical Vapor Recompression

PRAB provides its customers with competent testing and design engineering, combined with Pilot equipment for most technologies offered. What this means to our customers is less risk when dealing with PRAB.

In the end the PRAB value proposition is; “We help companies increase water reuse, while reducing disposal costs by 90%”