Mining Industry Offers Opportunities for RO Membrane and Equipment Markets
By Mike Henley
Reverse osmosis (RO) treatment has long been associated with pure water treatment. From the early days, RO systems have been associated with high-purity water treatment systems such as found in semiconductor plants. Over the years, RO has also grown to become an accepted method to treat water at power stations, and at industrial water plants. Since the late 1960s, RO has also grown to dominance in seawater desalination, and now provides about 60% of the water from processed by desalination plants, which were once dominated by thermal distillation technologies. In the same way, RO has come to play an important role in the treatment of municipal water and wastewater. Another area that offers market opportunities for RO membrane and equipment sales is the mining industry. This article will highlight opportunities in the mining industry. Article information is based on a presentation at the 2012 WATER EXECUTIVE Forum, which was conducted March 6-7 as a co-located event at the Water Quality Association.
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