The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, has everyone talking, including our president. On May 4, President Barack Obama drank filtered water to show support for the change back to water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department sourced from Lake Huron. With this crisis, the case for residents to install home treatment systems to prevent contamination is stronger. Drinking water treatment at the municipal level is critical for the health and security of residents across the U.S. Water dealers and treatment professionals at the residential level are partners with municipalities in this goal. If a municipal system accident occurs, residents depend on home systems to maintain safe water for drinking, cooking and bathing.

Reverse osmosis (RO) and/or a carbon filter with ultraviolet (UV) technology can be installed before water enters a residence for whole-house treatment or at the tap as a final barrier. For a deeper discussion of a point of use (POU) system comprised of a carbon filter and UV technology, take a look at Lisa VanWyngarden of Waterlogic USA‘s article on taste and odor issues.

RO is used in point of entry and POU systems, but it is also heavily relied upon in municipal and industrial water treatment and in desalination plants. The importance of the feed spacer geometry in an RO membrane is discussed by LANXESS.

Clean, reliable drinking water is a critical resource. Nowhere is that sentiment echoed louder than during the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (AWWA ACE). This event provides water industry professionals with access to technical presentations and conversations with the manufacturers of and experts on the latest technology and innovations in the industry. If you will be at AWWA ACE16, visit the Water Technology team at Booth 1054. We look forward to seeing you there!