Feb 07, 2006

Siemens Water Technologies Introduces Industry's Largest Mobile Water Filtration System

The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group has completed, commissioned and deployed the largest mobile water filtration system in the industry. The Horizontal Filtration Trailer, or HFT, is a unique, high-capacity, trailer-mounted system designed to provide temporary water treatment in a variety of industrial and municipal applications.

With a total surface area of 242 sq ft, the HFT has the highest capacity flow rate of any single trailer on the market today. It provides high-quality effluent at flow rates of up to 1,600 gal per minute (GPM) for general filtration. For pre-treating reverse osmosis feedwater, the HFT can produce flows up to 1,200 GPM. The system can be loaded with filter media, carbon or specialized resin, depending on the application and the customer's specific requirements.

"These units complement our existing fleet of mobile clarification systems," says Bill Mertes, mobile and onsite services general manager, "allowing us the unique ability to clarify and filter 1 to 1.5 million gal per day of surface water for industries or municipalities."

The first installation of an HFT was for potable drinking water, providing emergency water flow for an Arizona town of 19,000 where the wells had failed and nearby municipalities could not meet the demand.

"We also see great promise for HFT in applications where high-flow reverse osmosis systems require pretreatment to prevent membrane fouling, reduced membrane life and inconsistent flow or water quality," says Mertes. "In fact, we see these opportunities routinely in the power, refining, chemical production, pulp and paper and primary metals industries."