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Reverse osmosis technology plays an integral part in the power and energy industry. As the demand for energy continues to grow, plant operators are looking for cost-effective ways to increase energy output for a number of applications. For example, feed water used in power plant boilers must be purified, because suspended particles and dissolved solids in the water can cause corrosion, foaming, and water carryover, which lead to costly repairs and halted production.

Oil & Gas

Water treatment technologies are crucial in the oil and gas industry. In particular, the oil and gas industries depend on reverse osmosis water treatment for the technology’s abilities to address hazardous chemicals in water, other wastewater treatment concerns, oil and gas extraction from the ground, and separation of oil from water.

One extraction process is called hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting highly pressurized fracking fluids into rock layers to create fractures in the rock. Oil and other natural gases flow into the fractures and can then be extracted.

Although hydraulic fracturing is an effective method of extraction for the oil and gas industries, the process creates concerns about the release of harmful chemicals and other contaminants from the fracking fluid and wastewater into public water sources.

These concerns about oil and gas fracking can be addressed with a combination of water treatment technologies: First desalination systems can lower the amount of salt in frack water; then the water can be treated with reverse osmosis.

The reason the frack water must first be desalinated is that the volume of TDS (total dissolved solids) in frack water can reach above 70,000 ppm, which is a higher TDS content than reverse osmosis can effectively treat. Reverse osmosis can effectively treat water with TDS of less than 50,000. This two-step treatment with desalination treatment and then reverse osmosis water technology is considered the most effective for preventing fracking contaminants from damaging the quality of water in public sources.

Oil can also be extracted via water injection. This method of oil extraction involves the injection of water into the underground oil reservoir to increase the pressure on the oil and improve the extraction production.

It is important that the water is of good quality or it can cause the reservoir to clog, and it can also clog the equipment, resulting in lost production time and costly repairs. Depending on the source pf the injection water, there can be a variety of problems that have the potential to inhibit water injection. If the source is sea water, it is often necessary to use a method of water treatment as well as deoxygenation and biociding to remove microorganisms and other impurities. Produced water is another source of injection water. Water is often a product of the extraction process, along with oil and gas. This water is called produced water and it can be used as the injection water. Produced water requires treatment to prevent damage to equipment, such as scale and corrosion.

Reverse osmosis plays an important role in both the oil and gas industries. Oil and gas are both a valuable resource, and industry requires the ability to extract as much of these resources as possible with as little effect on the environment as possible. Reverse osmosis water treatment is a critically important tool for meeting these goals of the oil and gas industries.


Reverse osmosis is a crucial water technology in the mining and hydrometallurgy industry for a wide range of purposes. Reverse osmosis water treatment technology is used for everything from water desalination to provide clean, pure drinking water for the miners, to extracting ores containing minerals with important elements, such as metals and gold.

The mining industry makes regular use of dewatering, a process by which water is removed from solid materials, including mine shafts. Mine dewatering equipment requires reverse osmosis purified water to ensure that the equipment operates efficiently and production mining levels are maintained.

Reverse osmosis is also useful for recycling water used in the mining industry to another use that benefits from the water’s high minerals and sediment content. This recycled water can be used for a number of applications including ore slurry processes.

Because mines are often located in remote locations with sometimes extreme weather conditions, mining operations are challenged to maintain an adequate supply of potable water for miners. Reverse osmosis is an effective and efficient solution to this problem because of the technology’s ability to rapidly desalinate water. Reverse osmosis water treatment removes salts and minerals, providing miners reliable sources of clean drinking water from otherwise non-potable water.

Metallurgy is another industry that depends on reverse osmosis for many distinct applications. In an industry where metals and minerals are extracted from various sources, contamination in water sources can pose a problem to operations.

Reverse osmosis processes that can withstand high volumes of water are ideal for the metallurgy industry. Many of the tools used in metallurgy depend on machines operating and performing properly while handling large amounts of water. If these machines happen to get damaged by minerals and other impurities left behind in the water, they can be very costly to repair. Reverse osmosis water treatment reduces such costs by removing impurities from water that can damage metallurgy equipment.

There are many different types of metallurgic extractions, such as extracting gold from sea water. Chemical processes allow reverse osmosis systems to filter large volumes of water, and extract the minerals that are filtered out.

Reverse osmosis water treatment technology plays a pivotal role in the mining industry and in the processes of metallurgy. Debris and other impurities in the water can cause equipment to malfunction, ultimately leading to costly repairs, so the mining industry depends on contaminant-free water to keep tools and equipment running properly. The mining industry also depends on reverse osmosis technology to provide clean water to mine workers.

Similarly, metallurgy depends on reverse osmosis water treatment technologies to keep equipment operating properly so valuable metals can be extracted efficiently and vital equipment can be efficiently maintained, without the damaging effects of water contaminants.