Making efficient and sustainable drinking water treatment possible

Innovative treatment technologies for drinking water

Drinking water treatment is subject to many demands, while circumstances are becoming increasingly complex. KWR’s multifaceted expertise in the field of water treatment technologies addresses a number of the questions facing the water sector. This helps increase the innovativeness, efficiency and sustainability of drinking water treatment.

Heavy demands placed on (drinking) water treatment

Today’s drinking water treatment technologies have to be adapted to rapidly changing circumstances. While the quality and availability of raw water are deteriorating worldwide, treatment processes are expected to supply healthy, safe and reliable drinking water, at acceptable cost and energy consumption levels, and with a minimum of waste and by-products. The challenge is to develop and implement innovative processes and concepts for water treatment, so that the water sector can supply water of impeccable quality far into the future.

New technologies and process modelling

KWR has expertise in various areas of drinking water treatment, from membrane filtration to advanced oxidation, softening, rapid filtration, coagulation, activated carbon filtration and ion exchange. We also develop new techniques, such as eutectic freeze crystallization for the energy-efficient separation of salt and water. We are pioneers in the Netherlands in the field of osmostically-driven membrane processes, for instance, in the development of air/water cleaning.

Thanks to data-driven models (soft sensors), statistics (data mining and data analytics) and process modelling, we’re able to demonstrate how drinking water treatment processes can be organised more efficiently. We do this for a wide range of drinking water installations: UV or UV/UV/H2O2 installations, ozone installations, softening reactors and service reservoirs.

Water treatment can be more innovative, efficient and sustainable

KWR’s research into innovation in water treatment focuses on technical solutions as well as increased efficiency, design optimisation and operational management, data processing, soft sensing (simultaneous processing of multiple data) and improved process modelling. This enables the water sector to innovate and increase the efficiency and sustainability of water treatment.

Researchers at a full-scale membrane installation at Evides Industriewater.

Researchers at a full-scale membrane installation at Evides Industriewater.