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  • Lisamarie Lamb

The Future Of Water Filtration

Having a safe and reliable water supply and removing wastewater is something that many people take for granted, but of course, this is not the way of things all over the world. This is why there are always innovations and techniques being created and discovered to try to help everyone, from the richest to the poorest countries. After all, water is what we need to survive, not something that should be a potential killer.

Sadly, although we’ve made huge strides in filtration over the recent years, there is still a lot to be done. Thankfully, many companies are working on this exact issue, and that means that there will be new ideas coming to the market soon. So what are we looking forward to? Here are some ideas on what the next steps in water filtration might be.

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Urban Water Recycling

Urban water recycling is something that currently happens in many different places. It’s when wastewater is recycled (using plenty of high-tech and robust filtration) into drinking water. However, although this practice will (and indeed must) continue, it does need to change somewhat to reflect how people now choose to live. There will be a more holistic approach to urban water recycling, meaning that natural-based solutions will be incorporated into the process. Filtration is still going to be a major component, of course, and in fact, filtration systems may even need to become more robust to deal with the amount of water that will be flowing through them.

Addressing Emerging Contaminants

As time goes on, more and more contaminants are becoming part of the water cycle. These could be pharmaceuticals, personal care products, or pathogenic micro-organisms, for example, and they all mean that the quality of the water is affected. Not only that but the wastewater that can be reused is reduced, with much of it far too contaminated to be recycled. Instead, it needs to be disposed of, costing people and the planet a lot in the process.

New innovations in water filtration mean that soon these contaminants won’t be so much of an issue – they should be able to be controlled much better using digital technology (which might, for example, alert someone to the fact that a contaminant has entered the water at an earlier point so that it can be dealt with more quickly and thus not affect the rest of the water as much). This means that those working in oil and gas and using Ebassi should be able to work with the water industry and together the entire planet can be a lot cleaner.

New Materials For Water Treatment

More water should be able to be treated and put back into the water cycle thanks to changes in water treatment and new materials that are now (or are going to be) used. Although these materials such as membranes, nanotechnologies, high capacity absorbents, and novel catalysts were prohibitively expensive, they are now reducing in price, making them more affordable across the world.

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