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Updated by CulliganIndustrialWater on Mar 07, 2019
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Four Important Factors in Industrial Water Systems

When it comes to industrial water systems, Culligan’s reverse osmosis systems (a.k.a. RO systems) are the ideal choice. A reverse osmosis industrial water system from Culligan is highly effective at removing up to 99% of contaminants in water, such as dissolved minerals, organic compounds, and solids.

Reverse osmosis industrial water systems utilize applied pressure to force water through a semipermeable membrane in order to filter out pollutants. Overall, the effectiveness of an industrial reverse osmosis water system depends on several factors, shown below. For more inforamtion on industrial water systems, visit us today at




In order for an industrial water system to function at peak performance levels, the water being used must be within a certain temperature range. Typically, this range is around 77°F, as warmer water flows through the semipermeable membrane faster. This can differ depending on the size and type of reverse osmosis system.




Closely tied to the temperature of the water is the amount of pressure that the water must be under in order to efficiently flow through the semipermeable membrane. When using warmer water, the pressure is greater, causing the water to flow much quicker and more efficiently than colder water.




Before being used as feedwater in a reverse osmosis industrial water system, most water must undergo dechlorination. Chlorine within source water is extremely detrimental to reverse osmosis systems, and they deteriorate the membranes that are vital to the system. Water should be pretreated with a cation exchange water softener or chemical antiscalant in order to ensure the maximum effectiveness of the industrial water system.


Desired Recovery Rate

When determining the true effectiveness of a reverse osmosis industrial water system, it is imperative that the end result is kept in mind at the beginning of the process. In order to guarantee that the amount of water produced at the end of the reverse osmosis process isn’t less than predicted, more water than expected should be fed into the system to account for everything that is being removed from the water.



Reverse osmosis industrial water systems can range from very simple to exceedingly complicated. For more information on reverse osmosis and industrial water systems, visit us today at