Water Scarcity, Security & Technologies to Help Solve the Global Water Crisis
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 9:00am to 9:20am
Innovation in water technology is changing the way we are approaching where we get our water and how we use it. In an age when 1.2 billion in the world lack access to clean water and nearly 25 percent of global water supplies will be used for industrial applications within two decades, we are simultaneously managing growth in human and economic needs for water. Meanwhile, water supplies?both quantity and quality?are shrinking. This scenario presents resource scarcity challenges for humans and the environment, and security challenges for the industries that rely on consistent supplies of water to produce the goods and services we use every day.
Technology is enabling non-traditional sources of clean water and offering businesses, consumers, industries and municipalities around the world tools for addressing water scarcity and security issues. This session will provide an overview of the technologies?reverse osmosis, ion exchange, ultrafiltration and electrodeionization?supporting sustainable supplies of water for drinking, food and pharmaceutical processing, energy, manufacturing and mining operations, and increasing quality of life and business value while reducing costs.