Water Desalting Planning Guide for Water Utilities / Edition 1

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Written by a select group of industry experts, under the supervision of the leading organization in water utilities, AWWA, this reference is the first practical guide to water desalination systems. Desalination is the process used to remove dissolved salts from seawater or highly-mineralized waters so that the water becomes usable for human and/or agricultural and industrial usage. This book offers authoritative guidance on the planning, design, and implementation of a successful water desalination system for public water utilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471472858
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/25/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Founded in 1881, the AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION (AWWA) is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of drinking water in North America and beyond. The AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. The AWWA advances public health, safety, and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the drinking water community.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Introduction.

Development of Desalting Processes and Plant Inventory.

Handbook Synopsis.

Chapter 2: Regulatory Issues.

Drinking Water Standards.

Environmental and Siting Issues.

Chapter 3: Treatment Technologies.

Applicability of Desalting Technologies.

Pretreatment Requirements.

Posttreatment Requirements.

Membrane Technology.

Thermal Processes.

Other Desalting Processes.

Chapter 4: Concentrate Disposal.


Concentrate Disposal Methods.

Innovative Approaches.

Treatment Requirements.

Chapter 5: Process Selection.

Desalter Utilization.

Treated Water Quality Goals.

Source Water Quality.

Pretreatment Considerations.

Contaminant Removal.


Product Water Posttreatment.

Pilot Testing.

Split Treatment.

Waste Disposal.

Energy Usage.

Site Development.

Chapter 6: Desalting Costs.

Definition of Capital Cost and Operation and MaintenanceCost.

Construction Costs.

Estimating Capital Costs.

Estimating Operation and Maintenance Costs.

Financing Cost.

Cost of Water.

Total Treated Water Costs.


Chapter 7: Project Implementation.

Defining the Project.

Public Involvement.

Environmental Documentation.




Obtaining Construction Bids.

Prepurchasing of Equipment.


Operating a Desalter.

Obtaining the Required Expertise.

Project Delivery Alternatives.

Comparison of Desalter Implementation Alternatives.

Case Study 1: Lavaca-Navidad River Authority Seawater ReverseOsmosis Facility.


Technical Discussion.


Environmental Considerations.


Case Study 2: Two Years of Operating Experience at the PortHueneme Brackish Water Reclamation Demonstration Facility.


Project Benefits.

Project Timeline and BWRDF Cost.

BWRDF Overview.

Two Years of Operation.

Comparison of Membrane System Performance.


Case Study 3: Desalting a High Total Dissolved SolidsBrackish Water for Hatteras Island, North Carolina.

Case Study 4: Desalination for Texas Water Supply.

Reverse Osmosis Desalination Basic Concepts.

Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Project.

Siting Issues Assessment.

Desalination Cost Impacts Identified.

Example Seawater Desalination Sites on the Texas Coast.


Case Study 5: Ultrafiltration as Pretreatment to SeawaterReverse Osmosis.

SWRO Pretreatment.

Conventional Seawater RO Pretreatment Options.

UF for Seawater RO Pretreatment.

Hollow Fiber Membrane Filtration.

Norit UF Technology.

Pilot Testing of UF on Seawater.

Results and Discussion.



Case Study 6: Performance and Economic Evaluation of a16-Inch-Diameter Reverse Osmosis Membrane for Surface WaterDesalting.


Experimental Methods.

Results and Discussion.


Case Study 7: Membrane Integration for SeawaterDesalting.

Tradition or Perdition?

The Road Less Traveled . . . .

For Want of a Map . . . .

A Bridge Across an Ocean . . . .

The Design of the Road . . . .

Coming Down the Home Stretch . . . .

The End of the Journey?

Case Study 8: Implementation of an Enhanced MultieffectDistillation Process for Seawater Desalination.

Project Background.

Commencement of the Design Effort: Early Design BasisModifications.

The Huntington Beach Desalination Test Units.

Aluminum Evaporator Effects.

Project Cost Projections.


Glossary of Desalting Terminology.


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