Biofouling agent finds success in seawater RO desalination plant

Katsumi Matsumoto, general manager, RO Chemical Technology Dept, Kurita Water Systems, Japan

Since Kurita Water Systems introduced a new slime control agent for membranes at the International Desalination Association congress in Dubai in 2009, the company has been using the chemical in many different commercial reverse-osmosis plants throughout the world, where it has proved to be quite effective.

This article discusses the agent's advantages for RO systems and uses an SWRO desalination plant in China as a case study.

This article first appeared in the August/September 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

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