WatSup Systems Mission Statement:
“Secure Stable Water Production”
Global Water Demand
Less than 3% of the world’s water is fresh and drinkable. Of this 3%, only 0.5% is directly accessible. With global water demands projected to rise by 55% in the next 40 years, desalination of the majority 97% seawater is to become an increasingly crucial requirement.
Global Water Demand Projected Through 2050
Source: OECD (2012a), OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: The Consequences of Inaction, OECD Publishing, Paris
Challenges in Fresh Water Production
Membrane filtration is an important technique for the production of high quality drinking water from seawater and brackish water. Fouling of these membranes results in less water production and higher salt passage leading to a reduction in product quantity and quality. In order to maintain constant water production, plant operators need to increase the feed pressure and the frequency of chemical cleaning which results in higher operational costs. Fouling can be chemical (inorganic/organic) or biological, both require different treatments.
A non-intrusive analytical system would allow quantitative analysis of the fouling fraction in an early stage thereby achieving optimized fouling control.