April 2002

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HP Water Management: What about reverse osmosis?

Reverse osmosis (RO) technology has improved and become a common method to purify water for boiler makeup. A wealth of technical information is available that addresses how RO systems ..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Reverse osmosis (RO) technology has improved and become a common method to purify water for boiler makeup. A wealth of technical information is available that addresses how RO systems work. In this month's column, we will investigate the correct application and limitations of this technology. Application. The quality of the effluent or permeate from RO is dependent on the influent water quality and system design. RO effluent quality is higher than softened water but not as pure as demineralized water (Table 1). Often, RO units are used in conjunction with other technologies such as sodium zeolite softening or mixed-be

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