Title: Assessing UF-NF integrated pilot plant to supply potable water using Karoon River as feed water

Authors: Reza Davoodi

Addresses: Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative Council, No. 9 Golha Bulvd., Habibollah St., Sattarkhan, P.O. Box 14395-1336, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Most of the installed membrane based water treatment plants in Iran are producing industrial water and rarely for potable water. Almost all of them use reverse osmosis process with traditional pre-treatment. In the present work, ultra-filtration is introduced as an effective and helpful pre-treatment process that is developed recently and nano-filtration as an economic and energy saving treatment process. The designed pilot plant is a portable one that may be transferred easily due to its containerised design; hence, there is a possibility of testing various conditions with different feed waters. This study is started with the Karoon River due to high turbidity and bad quality of present potable water in the region and will follow up with other feed water qualities in Iran. The emerging conclusions of this pilot project may offer reasonable solution to solve potable water supply problem in some deprived regions of Iran, Africa and the Middle East using this plant.

Keywords: desalination technology; reverse osmosis; potable water; nanofiltration; ultra-filtration; water treatment; drinking water; Iran; water pre-treatment; water quality; Africa; Middle East; water supply; nanotechnology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNP.2009.028791

International Journal of Nanoparticles, 2009 Vol.2 No.1/2/3/4/5/6, pp.534-540

Published online: 30 Sep 2009 *

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