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Water purification means the purification of a water stream. The water quality can be improved for waste water, drinking water or process water.

In the case of waste water, the water treatment often involves the removal of harmful substances from the water. Waste water treatment takes place centrally or decentralised.

With the help of an aerobic and anaerobic water treatment, harmful substances can be removed from waste water.

Ultrafiltration can be applied for waste water reuse.

Water purification can also be the preparation of drinking water, by purifying surface water, ground water or sea water, drinking water can be created. There are many drinking water companies, in the Netherlands there are already 10 companies that purify water using various methods. Water purification is highly dependent on the region. Along the coastline, drinking water is prepared from dune water and surface water. The company Evides has water purification in the Rotterdam region that treats water from the Maas river into drinking water. Groundwater is the basis for water treatment in most of tho northern and eastern the Netherlands. This is because sand is a great gift from nature to purify water. Sand filtration is used a lot as pre filter for ultrafiltration modules and systems.

Water purification for process water can have various reasons. An example is the reuse of waste water for cooling water. The water purification of surface water for a process water flow has also been used a lot.

Filtration spectrum

Ultrafiltration is just a little part of water treatment. And ultrafiltration is just one type of membrane filtration. Depending on your goal you should decide what type of filtration  you will implement. Ultrafiltration modules from PB are the perfect solution to take bacteria and virusses out of the water.

If your living in an area with a high particle rate, you should consider a self flushing UFK module from PB. The possibility of flushing your module increases the lifespan of the module to 5 or more years. In many cases this is a financially more attractive solution then cartridge microfilters.

Microfilters are the perfect prefilters for ultrafiltration modules. We often use 10 or 20 micron candles to take out the bigger particles like sand and human hairs.

Sometimes our customers want to take dissolved solids out of the water. In these cases an ultrafilter becomes a pre-filter for reversed osmose (RO) installations.

Water purification can be very challenging. Every situation is different and needs and needs its own approve!

Filtration spectrum

Ion exchange

In ion exchange, ions present in the water bind to a solid material (resin, adsorbent) by means of adsorption. The ions to be removed from the water can be exchanged with ions present on the resin (e.g. softening by exchanging calcium for sodium ions), or can be removed entirely by the resin without any exchange (e.g. for the production of demineralised water). There are many resins available on the market, each of which has its own specific properties. If the ion exchanger is saturated with exchanged/removed ions, the ions are removed from it using a regenerating agent, which is usually an acid or base.

Ion exchangers can be divided into cation and anion exchangers. Cation exchangers bind positive ions and anion exchangers bind negative ions. Mixed bed systems containing both cation and anion resins are also used.

Ion exchanger

Chambers (filter tanks) which can be filled with granulated resin are used for ion exchange. The chambers are equipped with strainers at the top and bottom to prevent the resin from washing out. The exact design of the ion exchanger depends on the application: single-bed ion exchanger (cation or anion resin) or double-bed (mixed bed with cation and anion resin / strong and weak). An ion exchanger is also equipped with a regeneration station (salt, acid and/or base).

The chambers of the ion exchangers are available in plastic, steel and coated steel. Plastic can be used up to around 5 to 10 m³/h and steel is usually used for ion exchangers intended for higher flow rates.

There are numerous resins available on the market, all of which have their own specific properties. We will be happy to find the best resin for your purposes and the best setup for your installation.