Membrane Filtration for Drinking Water

Membrane Filtration for Drinking Water

July 19-20, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

The Membrane Filtration for Drinking Water course addresses the design, installation, operation and maintenance of membrane filtration systems for drinking water treatment and wastewater reuse. The course covers both low-pressure membranes (microfiltration and ultrafiltration) and high-pressure membranes (nanofiltration and reverse osmosis). Operations, engineering, and management staff from utilities considering implementing membrane filtration, or that already operate membrane filtration plants should attend this course. Attendees are assumed to be generally familiar with water treatment, but no special knowledge of membrane filtration is required. Attendees will learn the main components of membrane filtration systems, the detailed structure of an individual membrane element and the details of how and why a membrane filtration system operates. The overall timeline and key decision points in a typical membrane system procurement will be described. The offerings of the main vendors in these markets will be summarized and compared. Attendees will also gain an overview of good practice in start-up, operation, maintenance, and optimization of membrane filtration systems.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Identify the main applications of membrane filtration in drinking water treatment
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of membrane filtration compared to alternative processes in drinking water treatment
  • Define the components of membrane filtration systems, with in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of membrane filtration elements
  • Practice the operation of membrane filtration systems
  • Discuss typical membrane filtration system procurement projects and know the major decision points
  • Characterize key components in a membrane filtration process warranty and in a membrane element warranty
  • Gain insights on best practices in operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of membrane filtration systems


Tuesday, July 19, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing

Introduction to Membrane Filtration for Drinking Water

  • Types of Membrane Filters
  • Overview of membrane filtration applications in drinking water treatment
  • History and status of membrane filtration in drinking water treatment

Morning Break

Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration

  • Key concepts in microfiltration and ultrafiltration:
    • Pore size
    • Hollow fiber
    • Module
    • Rack / Skid / Cell
    • Filtration
    • Cleaning
    • Integrity Test
  • Structure and Components of a UF Membrane Filtration System
  • Operating Cycles of Membrane Filtration System

Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis

  • Key Concepts in Nanofiltration (NF) and Reverse Osmosis (RO)
    • How RO works: solution-diffusion model, osmotic pressure
    • Spiral wound module
    • Element/Pressure Vessel/Rack/System
    • Recovery and Rejection
    • Concentration polarization, fouling, scaling
  • Structure and Components of an RO System
  • RO Plant Operation Overview

Lunch Break

Implementing UF in Drinking Water Treatment

  • Assessing Potential UF Applications
  • Regulatory Aspects of UF in Drinking Water Treatment
    • Surface Water Treatment Rules
    • Membrane Filtration Guidance Manual
    • State Regulations
    • Materials and Chemicals: NSF 60 and 61
  • Main Suppliers and Key Products
  • Design and Plant Sizing Considerations

Afternoon Break

Implementing UF in Drinking Water Treatment (cont.)

  • Typical Project Timelines
  • UF-Specific Project Elements and Considerations:
    • Pre-selection of UF vendor / pre-purchase of UF equipment
    • Pilot testing
    • Whole life cost evaluation — significance of membrane life / replacement cost / operating cost
    • Membrane Warranty

Implementing NF/RO

  • Field Assembly vs Factory Skids
  • Pre- and Post- Treatment
  • Blending RO Permeate
  • Whole Life Cost — Energy and Membrane Replacement

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Course Timing

Ultrafiltration Operations: Fouling and Cleaning

  • Fouling: Types of Foulant, Occurrence, Fouling Mechanisms, Diagnosing Causes of Fouling
  • Cleaning: Backwash, Maintenance Clean, Recovery Clean
  • Pre-Treatment — Targeting Control of Key Foulants
  • Analyzing Operating Data to Plan and Optimize Cleaning
  • Optimizing Operation to Balance Output, Operating Cost, Unit Utilization and Fouling Control

UF Operation: Membrane Integrity

  • Membrane Integrity Regulations and Calculations: Log Removal Value, Control Limits
  • Mechanisms and Causes of Integrity Breach: Fiber Leaks, Fiber Breaks, Potting Failure, Seal Damage / Failure
  • Membrane Integrity Tests
  • Integrity Management:
    • Pre-treatment
    • Module isolation
  • Fiber Isolation / “Pin Repair”

Morning Break

RO Operation

  • Recovery, Rejection, Permeate Quality
  • Data Normalization
  • Fouling Diagnosis and Element Autopsies
  • Pre-treatment and Feed Fouling Index — SDI
  • Cleaning and Anti-Scalant Optimization — Chemical Supply Companies

Wrap up


Paul Gallagher, Experience Consultant, Membrane Filtration and Water Treatment

Mr. Gallagher currently advises corporate clients on membrane filtration and water treatment technologies. Paul was the Global R&D Director for Memcor Products at Evoqua Water Technologies, where he led global team of scientists and engineers to develop and commercialize new membrane filtration products for water and wastewater treatment. He managed process technology support – field pilot plants, optimization and troubleshooting – for North America business. Paul was also the Global R&D Director, Municipal Business Siemens Water Technologies, where he led global R&D program to develop and commercialize new products for water and wastewater treatment. Mr. Gallagher managed process technology support for North America Memcor Products business. Also, as the VP Process Technologies at WTC USFilter WTC, Paul led team of engineers to develop, test, commercialize and optimize products and processes for municipal water treatment. Mr. Gallagher was the Process Engineering Manager at USFilter Limited, where he also led a team of engineers and scientists providing process support to process equipment businesses of USFilter in the UK.

Paul was the Applications Engineering Manager for NWW Acumem focusing on process and product development of membrane filtration systems for municipal water treatment. That team designed, developed and commissioned then-largest membrane filtration plant (Huntington Stage IV) in compressed program in early 1996. Before that, Mr. Gallagher was the General Manager Ceramesh Limited, a Research Chemical Engineer at Alcan International Limited, a Researcher and Project Manager in corporate R&D laboratory focused on aluminum processing and related materials science, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Exeter, researching into physical properties and structure-function relationships of candidate polymers for reverse osmosis membranes.

Paul received his Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Notre Dame, and a Numerical Investigation of Electrochemically Mediated Facilitated Transport in Liquid Membranes B.E (Chemical) from the National University of Ireland (UCD), Dublin, Ireland.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Membrane Filtration for Drinking Water

July 19-20, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before June 17, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program:

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, classroom discussions, and question-and-answer sessions will be used in this conference.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator
  • Water Plant Project Manager
  • Maintenance Technician/Manager
  • Water System Civil Engineers
  • Environmental Protection
  • Water/Wastewater Treatment
  • Water/Wastewater Systems Operator
  • Laboratory Scientist
  • Capital Asset Management
  • Operations Manager/Director