What role will membrane technology play in addressing future water quality and scarcity problems across the nation?
Brown: No other water treatment technology addresses water quality and quantity problems better than membrane treatment. Membrane technologies have emerged in recent decades as a viable and cost-effective treatment alternative for difficult-to-treat water, desalination, contaminant removal as well as a solution for compliance with increasingly stringent water regulations and standards. Furthermore, the application to wastewater reuse is critical to expanding sustainability of the nation’s water supplies over time. Although certainly not perceived as “old school,” membrane technologies are the best available technologies to expand or enhance your water supplies. Case histories, such as Jupiter, Fla., can potentially assist many other communities to understand that supply issues can be tackled comprehensively in a cost-effective fashion with membranes. The technology is under constant refinement as use becomes more commonplace and applications are expanded.