The effect of biofouling on taste of permeate water in reverse osmosis membranes

A. Sharif, O. Mohammed

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This paper addresses the purpose and priorities that should be taken into account during the design of the reverse osmosis systems. In water treatment processes by reverse osmosis (RO), the biological fouling (biofouling) in RO membrane is a major threat to system operation which may causes foul tastes and odors in permeate water. In this study, the role of ozonation (the disinfection by ozone) for preventing the foul tastes and odors of permeate water in RO membranes was investigated. In the present study, two RO identical pilot plant units have been used. In the first one the ozone was used to disinfect the feed water prior the RO membrane while in the second unite; the feed water was not disinfected. The taste, odors, total dissolved salts (TDS) value and the PH value of the permeate water of these two pilot plant were the main parameters have been employed to diagnose the affecting of ozonation. The results showed that the using ozonation in the first unit was efficient to prevent the foul taste and odors in permeate water.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia Engineering
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventEuromembrane Conference 2012 - Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Sep 201227 Sep 2012


OtherEuromembrane Conference 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWestminster, London



  • Biofouling
  • Ozone
  • Permeate
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Taste and odors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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