Cape Town, South Africa, is suffering. The problem? They’re just a few months from running out of water. For the past three years, they’ve experienced serious drought conditions, and the city simply can’t keep up. They do, however, sit on the sea, so desalination is an option. The problem, however, is that they can’t bring the plants online fast enough, and it’s one problem many places in the world may be suffering from soon.
The Desalination Equation
The idea of desalination has been floating around for decades. It’s only moved to the forefront of water treatment thoughts, though, as climate change has increased and many more communities on a global level are finding it difficult to get the water they need. That has increased interest in the world of desalination. While it was originally far too energy intensive to be worthwhile, today’s world is seeing many more ideas about desalination, most of which consume far less energy. The problem, however, is that as the technology is developing, so too are the water problems that demand faster access to the need for it.
At Komax, we’re working hard to support today’s biggest desalination projects. We’ve designed equipment to help in a number of areas. We offer lined static mixers for pH adjustment, our standard Triple Action Static Mixer for the addition of necessary chemicals, and a CO2 mixer to help with the process. Our wafer mixers also ensure smooth processing.
In fact, our equipment is already in use in the Singapore-Tuas Seawater Desalination Plant, which won the 2006 award for Desalination Plant of the Year. Still one of the most energy efficient desal plants in the world, this facility is setting the standard for today’s plant.
Desalination technology is only going to become more important as time moves forward, and Komax will continue to be there to help make it happen.