As global society continues to advance, it is increasingly alarming that almost 8 million people in the world still do not have access to clean drinking water. Gain insight into the importance of water filtration, the need for efficient water filtration and how to achieve it.
Importance of Water Filtration
Unsafe drinking water is the leading cause of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases, resulting in 3.4 million deaths each year. Establishing efficient means of water filtration can significantly reduce that number while also:
- Increasing environmental sustainability
- Promoting growth of local communities
- Aiding in world travel and tourism
- Improving overall health and longevity
As a result, the global water filtration market is expected to reach $31.74 billion by 2024, as cited in Environmental Leader. This booming growth is due in large part to:
- Technological advancements in wastewater treatment
- Increasing governmental regulations to implement filtration techniques
Need for Efficient Water Filtration
Yet achieving safe, clean water worldwide is dependent upon having efficient filtration methods. As the American Filter and Separation Society notes, the following megatrends make the push toward efficient filtration even more urgent:
- Population Growth
As the global population continues to rise, the need for clean water becomes more imperative and harder to obtain without efficient methods to do so. Likewise, rapid urbanization will require new and improved infrastructure for water, power, communications and transportation, which all require filtration.
- Natural Resource Constraints
With resources becoming scarce, it is increasingly important that efficient water filtration methods also include the ability to recycle and reuse wastewater on a consumer, commercial and industrial scale.
- Race to Zero Emissions
As governmental and societal pressures mount to reduce carbon emissions, efficient filtration will play an important role in accomplishing the “race to zero”. This is due to filtration’s ability to purify our air and water, enabling a cleaner, more sustainable environment.
How to Achieve Efficient Water Filtration
In order to achieve efficient water filtration, it’s important the right materials are used in water filter manufacturing. From the filter membrane to adhesives used in assembly, these materials ultimately need to:
- Remove increasingly finer particles and other chemical or ionic species
- Offer extended contaminate holding capacity and self-cleaning capabilities
- Meet increasingly specified filtration needs and rising output demands
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