Desalitech Announces Record-Breaking Reverse Osmosis Water Recovery Rates


Boston, MA — Desalitech today announced the achievement of record-breaking reverse osmosis water recovery rates of 96% at the Padre Dam Advanced Water Reclamation plant in Southern California and 98% from the Charles River for use by local brewers.

This performance represents a major improvement over the highest reported recovery rates of 75-85% by traditional reverse osmosis systems from comparable water sources, corresponding to up to a six-fold reduction in the amount of unrecoverable water and disposal. The announcement has profound implications for the growing water reuse market in the United States and around the world, with significant cost reduction and environmental benefits.

Desalitech’s groundbreaking ReFlex reverse osmosis systems have attracted major clients and partnerships among Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Southern California Edison, Novelis and Pall who are moving away from inefficient and less reliable traditional reverse osmosis systems. Desalitech is able to efficiently treat highly challenging water sources that cannot be treated reliably with traditional reverse osmosis methods.

Performance data for the Desalitech system was presented by Eileen Idica of Trussell Engineers at the WateReuse Symposium in Tampa, FL. It documents five months of operation at a breakthrough 95% and 96% water recovery rates with negligible membrane fouling, scaling or maintenance requirements at the Padre Dam. High recovery and high reliability are critical for the Padre Dam as well as for other reuse project for water conservation and cost reduction.

The Padre Dam project qualified Desalitech as a finalist for the International Desalination Association (IDA) 2016 Water Reuse and Conservation Award for Industry Technology and Innovation Leadership. The award is in recognition of outstanding performance by a technology and equipment provider who has achieved successful advances in water reuse and conservation that have allowed significant reduction in energy use, carbon footprint or costs of alternative water supplies. It is one of three categories that will be acknowledged at the IDA International Water Reuse and Recycling Conference on September 27th at the Hyatt Regency, in Nice, France.

Recently a Desalitech system was used to treat water from the Charles River in Boston at a recovery rate of 98%. The water was provided to six brewers, including Samuel Adams, Harpoon, Castle Island Brewing, Idle Hands Brewing, Cape Ann Brewing and Ipswich Ale Brewery, for them to brew special beers as a part of HUBweek’s 2016 Brew the Charles contest. HUB week occurs in Boston during the last week of September, with beer tasting on October 1.

Desalitech was also recently named the winner of the 2016 Global Water Award for Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the Year. The award, announced by Global Water Intelligence (GWI) at their 2016 Summit meeting in Abu Dhabi, was presented by Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico (2006 – 2012) and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

Desalitech’s ReFlex reverse osmosis systems operate at guaranteed maximum recovery rates, reducing wastewater by 50 to 85 percent and energy consumption by up to 35 percent, resulting in significant operating cost savings.

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Desalitech’s ReFlex Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems are rapidly replacing traditional RO as the standard for water purification. Fortune 500 companies around the world rely on the consistent performance and ease of operation of their ReFlex RO solutions, saving significant costs through maximum water recovery rates, lower energy consumption and reduced maintenance. Desalitech is proud to be headquartered in Newton, MA USA. Follow us on Twitter @Desalitech or visit