Ronny Faasen is Project Manager at Iv-Water and is responsible for the project that came to be known as ‘Waterballet’. “We put FrieslandCampina’s requirements to the market and assessed submissions according to various quality criteria, although price was equally important”, stated Faasen. “We needed a good balance between price and quality. This didn’t mean making savings on the technology, but saving money by piggybacking on a number of other projects that were being implemented at the same time.”
In the end, in consultation with FrieslandCampina, Iv-Water selected the RWB Water submission. This proposed first channelling the water through a biological slurry to remove any organic contaminants. Any remaining organic contaminants will then be captured by a microfiltration system with ceramic membranes. These are easier to clean chemically than the polymer versions, without impairing their functioning, and they have a longer service life than polymer membranes. Finally, a reverse osmosis step removes the salts, which reduces the conductivity. As the water is now of the required quality, it can be supplied to FrieslandCampina’s pipe system.