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Chloride reduction is an important process in meeting the water quality requirements for many industries. Too much chloride in the water can be detrimental. Chloride can be abrasive to piping, and chloride's salts, such as magnesium chloride, can generate hydrochloric acid, which is highly corrosive.
Chloride's destructive nature is evident in the direct ratio of iron dissolving and corrosion rates to chloride content in water. Chloride is also very soluble in water, and it is in effect one of the major anions found in water. Chloride content can range from 10 to 100 mg/L with seawater having 30,000 mg/i in the form of sodium chloride.
How can we treat water to address the need for chloride reduction? What is the most efficient way to mitigate the effects of chloride?
Chloride Reduction and Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment
There are many techniques for achieving chloride reduction, including, electro-dialysis, distillation, and strong base anion exchange. However, the most efficient and reliable process for chloride reduction is reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis can reject salts and remove up to 90% to 95% of chlorides.
Nonetheless, some companies claim that all you need for chloride reduction is DI (de-ionizing resin), and some people will resort to this method as it is initially cheaper than a reverse osmosis system. This is not the case, because the DI process requires anion resin for chloride reduction. This resin will eventually be exhausted and will need to be "regenerated" or "recharged." Regenerating the resin can become very costly and possibly dangerous, because it requires the use of caustic soda or high pH substance.
Customers who resort to DI for chloride reduction usually must pay for the removal of the resin from the customer's facility to the vendor's facility to regenerate it. These customers may even utilize a maintenance program that exchanges resin bottles. If chloride levels are around the 100 mg/I range, then this process might be cost-effective. But that is often not the case. The yearly cost of regenerating the resin and its maintenance program is often better invested in a reverse osmosis system.
Related Markets and Applications
Chloride Reduction Applications Using Reverse OsmosisOne of the major markets that relies on reverse osmosis technologies are growers. Growers are major agricultural farmers dealing with the cultivation of crops, including, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers and much more. Crop production requires a substantial amount of water, and such a large volume of water usage can be problematic for Growers, due to the cost of city water.
In response to water costs, many growers resort to drilling water wells on their properties, but this poses a water quality concern: Well water is very high in TDS (total dissolved solids). Growers report well water TDS ranging from 1,000 ppm to 10,000 ppm. This is an unacceptable water quality for plants, because TDS at these levels can stunt growth or actually kill plants.
Reverse osmosis is an ideal method of chloride reduction in well water for two reasons: the effectiveness of reverse osmosis in filtering TDS and the minimal energy consumption required for reverse osmosis. Due to its efficiency and simple maintenance, growers commonly use reverse osmosis systems to manage their well water quality. Reverse osmosis can reduce well water TDS as low as 10 ppm, which is considered purified water in the state of California.
However, this level of TDS in the water is not necessary and can, in fact, be detrimental to plants. Although chloride reduction is necessary, the process can strip water of pH, which some plants require. So, how can growers control pH levels?
Due to a blending valve incorporated into the reverse osmosis systems, growers can blend raw water and product water, thereby achieving their desired water quality for crop production. To better explain the blending process, imagine two tanks of water, one with low TDS and the other with high TDS, flowing through one valve each and pouring into a third tank. The valves can regulate the flow of high or low TDS water, thus making the water in the third tank have a high or lower level of TDS.
The same concept can be used in a reverse osmosis system, with two tanks for the different quality waters and a blending valve. In effect, reverse osmosis is the most efficient method for chloride reduction as the maintenance is minimal and allows control over the rate of chloride reduction.
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