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How does commercial ultrafiltration work?

  • How does commercial ultrafiltration work?

Commercial ultrafiltration uses standard low pressure to push water through a membrane to filter out contaminants, bacteria, viruses and parasites whilst retaining minerals in the water.

Ultrafiltration is implemented commercially in a variety of ways, small kits can be installed under your sink at home to improve the quality of drinking water from your tap.

It’s also used in a much larger scale providing remote villages, who otherwise wouldn’t have access to, clean drinking water.

What Is Ultrafiltration?

Ultrafiltration (UF) is a membrane filtration process similar to reverse osmosis, using pressure to force water through a semi-permeable membrane.

However, ultrafiltration systems operate with low-pressure water.

The primary task of an ultrafiltration system is to remove the substances which contribute to the taste, colour and odour of the water.

Ultrafiltration removes contaminants and harmful bacteria whilst only freshwater and dissolved minerals pass through.

A UF membrane is a fine filter that reduces particles 5,000 times smaller than a human hair.

How Does Ultrafiltration Work Commercially?

Drinking water is the most popular way ultrafiltration is used commercially, many companies produce water filters that can be fitted under the sink, providing a family with filtered water.

Ultrafiltration can also be used on a larger scale such as providing solutions to drinking water problems in remote interior areas across India.

The implementation of ultrafiltration in remote areas can have huge benefits to the people, creating social harmony and strengthening society from within.

The use of ultrafiltration will have greater benefits to the people in remote areas in countries that are known for poor water quality compared to someone in an established country installing a system when they already have drinkable water available on tap.

What Advantages Are There To Using Ultrafiltration?

The process of ultrafiltration is extremely environmentally friendly, with little resources needed to function, this is what makes it the ideal solution for commercial use, where materials and energy are scarce.

It can also be used as a pre-treatment to other water treatment solutions or as a final filtration stage for deionized water.

Advantages To Commercial Ultrafiltration:

  • Requires no chemicals
  • Performs at low pressure
  • Ideal for temperature-sensitive materials
  • Membranes come in different sizes
  • Needs no electricity to function
  • Environment cautious process
  • Cost-effective​


Overall Ultrafiltration is the most suited water treatment solution to be used commercially due to the many advantages it has. Its environmentally friendly design means it requires no chemicals, energy or high pressure to function, which many remote areas in undeveloped countries are without.

The simple process of capturing contaminants, bacteria, parasites and viruses whilst retaining minerals in the water makes it the ideal treatment for drinking water.

Membracon design and build every water treatment solution bespoke to each customers requirements. The first step is to analyse your raw water to see if Ultrafiltration is the best solution for you.

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