Harn R/O Systems Blog

How Much Water on Earth is Drinkable?

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Jun 23, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Water is one of the most important commodities that supports life on earth but very few understand how hard it is to get clean, potable freshwater. Water, in all its forms, covers three quarters of the Earth's surface. The water levels on Earth remain relatively the same each year. Every day, water goes through a cycle that sees it flow from land, to the seas and then evaporates into the atmosphere through the processes of evaporation and precipitation.

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Topics: membrane filtration, membrane treatment system, reverse osmosis, membrane treatment, water treatment, clean drinking water, membrane plants, water recycling, water quality, water purification process, save water

Water Recycling on the International Space Station

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Jun 1, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Going into space takes a lot of forethought. Astronauts may seem super human, but the fact of the matter is they need the same things everyday people need. That includes water. The International Space Station is a completely closed system that needs to be able to operate without outside interference. It would be very hard to deliver necessities to the station on a regular basis, especially things that are constantly used, like water.

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Topics: water treatment

How Global Warming and Climate Change Presents Major Water Treatment Challenges

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Jan 31, 2020 10:48:00 AM

The effects of global warming and climate change are continuously being felt on the earth. In fact, we are expected to experience a 2-5 degrees Celsius increase in global temperatures within the next 30 years. An effect of climate change that often gets overlooked is its impact felt on water treatment processes.

Climate change poses major challenges to the effective treatment of water. Some of these challenges include inundated water supplies that lead to higher levels of contaminants in the water, pressure on the operation of current water infrastructure, and the effect of inclement weather on water systems.

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Topics: membrane treatment, water treatment, global warming, climate change

Use Variable Frequency Drives to Save Energy in Membrane Plants

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Jan 17, 2020 1:35:00 PM


Variable frequency drives (VFD) are becoming the popular choice for many industrial processes that need to make use of motors with changing speeds. In membrane plants, these motors are used to feed the pressure and flow of the water as it moves through the various areas of the treatment cycle.

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Topics: membrane filtration, membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, membrane plants, vfd, water purification process, save money, water treatment plant

How Do I Know I’m Getting the Best Value on My Membrane System?

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on May 1, 2019 3:11:29 PM

Water treatment membrane systems are complex. Even after the technical design is finalized, it can be difficult to assess cost versus value. We all know from purchasing anything from shoes to washing machines that the cheapest product probably won’t provide us the best value.

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Topics: membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, water quality

8 Simple Steps for Performing a Successful Membrane Installation

Posted by Julie Nemeth-Harn on Feb 28, 2019 12:48:10 PM

Membrane Installation Components

Membranes are loaded from the feed end of the pressure vessel. To better understand the installation procedure, the following definitions are helpful:

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Topics: membrane treatment system, membrane treatment, water treatment, water quality