Pentair Nanofiltration Technology for Drinking Water Filtration
Pentair specializes in providing water and fluid solutions around the world. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and employs more than 30,000 people. Its latest innovation is hollow fiber nanofiltration technology that provides municipalities with a new alternative to wastewater treatment that simplifies the filtration process for drinking water.
“At Pentair, we have made significant investments in developing new technologies that help meet the growing demand for clean water around the world," says Phil Rolchigo, vice president of technology. "Our innovation in hollow fiber nanofiltration is its ability to treat the complex mixture of organic compounds found in fresh water. It uniquely addresses drinking water filtration challenges, and is also highly versatile in wastewater treatment across industries.”
Nanofiltration can be more energy- and cost-efficient than reverse osmosis and more effective at removing contaminants than ultrafiltration. The technology allows for selective separation during drinking water treatment, eliminating contaminants such as bacteria, humic acids and total organic carbons (TOC) while leaving behind beneficial nutrients and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Pentair’s nanofiltration process won the award for “best innovation not to market yet” at Aquatech 2011 and debuted on the market worldwide in early 2012. It is ideal for treating wastewater in a range of applications within the food and beverage, energy, and industrial markets.
The X-Flow Color Removal Package (CRP) is Pentair’s latest nanofiltration technology, scheduled to be released this summer. The product is built around a hollow fiber membrane that offers several advantages over traditional water filtration systems. A few features of the X-Flow CRP include 99.999 percent reduction of bacteria and viruses in the treated water, a single-step pre-treatment process, and a streamlined treatment operation system.