Reverse osmosis systems generate anywhere from 20 – 60% brine wastewater due to the inefficiency of the process. This water must be treated, or in most cases, disposed. This waste stream is generated in many cross-market industries including seawater desalination, oil/gas, municipal, and food & beverage.
The waste stream is high in salinity, hardness, and reverse osmosis (RO) antiscalant chemicals.
Salinity is typically too high for RO treatment and must be treated thermally or disposed.