Submerged membrane system starts up at Orange County Water District

The Orange County Water District (OCWD) of Fountain Valley, CA, needed to increase its potable water supplies to meet the future water demands of this fast-growing area. In 1997, the OCWD and the Orange County Sanitation District released a joint report proposing a groundwater replenishment project to serve the residents of Orange County. The project would reclaim secondary treated wastewater, reducing the amount of wastewater discharged to the ocean, and providing a new local water source...

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, Jan. 29, 2008 -- The Orange County Water District (OCWD) of Fountain Valley, California needed to increase its potable water supplies to meet the future water demands of this fast-growing area. In 1997, the OCWD and the Orange County Sanitation District released a joint report proposing a groundwater replenishment project (GWRS) to serve the residents of Orange County. The project would reclaim secondary treated wastewater, reducing the amount of wastewater discharged to the ocean, and providing a new local water source. It would also improve the overall water quality in the groundwater basin by reducing the mineral content as well as preventing ocean water contamination.

Solution
The OCWD has started up an advanced water treatment facility to provide 75 MGD (284 MLD) of reclaimed water for agricultural, industrial and indirect potable use. Part of the GWRS, the water treatment facility consists of a MEMCOR® submerged membrane system from Siemens that supplies 87 MGD (329 MLD) of water to a reverse osmosis (RO) unit, followed by advanced oxidation (ultraviolet light plus hydrogen peroxide). Orange County awarded the $27M microfiltration contract to Siemens in 2002 after extensive pilot and demonstration-scale testing of equipment from three membrane suppliers at OCWD's previous 5-MGD (19 MLD) reclamation plant at the site, known as Water Factory-21. Orange County chose Siemens based on a life cycle cost analysis of the MEMCOR submerged membrane system. The system is currently the largest in the Americas and one of the largest in the world.

Secondary treated wastewater that was formerly discharged to the ocean is treated with the submerged membrane systemto remove all suspended solids, bacteria and other harmful contaminants. The water is then pumped into recharge basins or barrier wells, where it is blended with other groundwaters, and then travels through the soil, which provides additional natural treatment of the water.

Also see:
-- "Learn about the results"
-- "More information on Memcor Submerged Membrane Systems"
-- "View a news video (Windows Media File)"

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