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GE Offers Solutions for Water Scarcity
By Kerry McDermott

TREVOSE, PA -- GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company, offers innovative desalination systems, including seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) and brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO). Supplying safe, usable and potable water supplies, these separation solutions and advanced membrane desalination systems are part of GEs expansive Water Scarcity Solutions, which help communities strike a positive balance between growing pressure on water supply and environmental and economic sustainability.

As the population of the United States is projected to reach 390 million by 2050, communities will be faced with the challenge of providing sustainable. As communities grow, they naturally experience an increase in water use, putting pressure on local water resources. Meeting drinking water quality and quantity demands, GEs SWRO and BWRO membrane desalination systems allow communities to augment their existing drinking water supplies by converting previously unused water sources, such as seawater or brackish well water, to a potable resource with membrane technology.

GEs SWRO desalination system has become a viable option for the development of new regional water supplies. GEs seawater reverse osmosis systems are designed to recover 25-35% of the feed as purified water, which keeps the concentration factors low. SWRO systems produce a feedwater quality up to 45,000 ppm TDS.

GEs BWRO membrane technology converts previously unusable water to resources for drinking water by removing dissolved minerals and salts from the brackish water supply. It also reduces the TDS and total hardness and removes arsenic, color, perchlorate, and radium.

As water scarcity is a growing concern in many of the drier regions of the United States, including Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California and Florida, the public sector will be forced to find alternative sources of drinking water. As part of GEs water scarcity portfolio, GEs SWRO and BWRO desalination systems are reliable, environmentally friendly and produce an abundant supply of water at a reasonable cost. GE solutions to water scarcity are part of ecomagination, an aggressive, long-term initiative to bring to market new technologies that help meet the worlds biggest environmental challenges.

GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company, is solving some of the worlds most pressing water challenges by providing industrial, agricultural and potable water, while lessening our dependence on fresh water sources. Technologies to accomplish this include desalination, advanced membrane, separation solutions, and water reuse and wastewater management and process technologies. GE delivers value to customers by improving performance and product quality, reducing operating costs and extending equipment life.


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