Critical Water Issues for the Chemical Process Industries

Originally delivered Nov 17, 2010
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By 2030, under an average economic growth scenario and without efficiency gains, global water requirements will grow from 4,500 billion cubic meters today to nearly 7,000 billion cubic meters – a 50 percent increase in just two decades. Analysts predict that by that time, available water supplies will satisfy only 60 percent of demand.

Access to sustainable water supplies is essential to chemical processing and the pharmaceuticals, technologies and fuel sources these processes enable. But increasing global competitiveness is driving chemical and processing industries to increase production, and consequently seek out both time-tested and new ways to use water that are both cost-effective and environmentally-friendlier. The bottom line is that today and into the foreseeable future, companies will be forced to consider strategies that conserve and reuse water more than ever before.

David Klanecky, global director of research and development for Dow Water & Process Solutions, provides an overview of the resins and water filtration technologies helping chemical process industries to make the most of the water we have today without risking the supplies of tomorrow.


David A. Klanecky

David Klanecky is the Global Research and Development Director of Dow Water & Process Solutions, based in Edina, Minn. He is responsible for directing and conducting R&D programs related to Dow’s water strategy and oversees the global technical service operations of the business. In this role, Klanecky oversees a team of 200 people in research centers across North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining Dow Water & Process Solutions in June 2007, Klanecky served as senior R&D leader for Dow’s Designed Polymers Business Group in Shanghai, China. As a 16-year...Read more

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