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Solving Industrial Water Resource Management Challenges with MBR Technology

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Abstract:

Water is a critical resource for all industries. Increasing pressure due to limited freshwater availability, more stringent regulatory requirements, and increasing cost of treatment and use is forcing industry to reevaluate how water resources are managed. As a result, appropriate technical solutions that address these challenges are becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of industry.

The Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) process is a proven technical solution that allows industry to manage water resources more efficiently. MBR technology is currently being applied to solve various industrial water challenges. These include treating wastewater for reuse where freshwater supply or publicly owned wastewater treatment infrastructure is limited, increasing wastewater treatment capacity at plants with limited available footprint, and reducing the total cost of water for facilities by minimizing potable water consumption and wastewater discharge surcharges.

Three full-scale food and beverage industrial MBR case studies are presented with a focus on the site-specific water management challenge and how MBR technology enabled the industrial user to overcome the challenge.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864708788733026

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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