There are a number of applications for the Upflow Floating Media Clarification (UFMC) System.
Essentially, UFMC filters particulate matter from water which lends itself to a number of applications, some of which are mentioned here:
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|Potable WaterThe UFMC System can clarify most surface water for potable water use. It is capable of producing millions of litres of clarified water per day and to date has been primarily used for providing communities with safe drinking water.
Sewage Waste Water Purification
The UFMC System can filter recovered sewage processed water for non-potable uses, for example: irrigation, washing, flushing of toilets etc.
Conventional systems are inefficient by comparison in terms of waste water produced. The UFMC System has been successfully used to increase the output capacity of existing filtration plants where, for example, a conventional plant has reached its limit and additional capacity is needed in a short period of time. By reprocessing settled flush water through the UFMC System, capacity can be increased.
Mobile for Disaster Response
The UFMC System can be moved around on a trailer and run off a generator to produce clarified water for post disaster applications. It’s versatility allows for use in various situations where fixed infrastructure is unfeasible or impossible. UFMC’s smallest unit can be run off a less than 5Kw generator or other power source.
Cooling Tower Sidestream Filtration
Benefits of UFMC:
Modular & Scalable
UFMC is a modular system that can be scaled up simply by adding units in series or in parallel. In addition to the ability to scale, various filter sizes are available to meet your capacity requirements. In contrast to conventional filtration systems, UFMC requires far less initial capital outlay and capacity planning for future demand – simply add new units as and when demand increases.
UFMC decreases your operational costs through automation of the flush cycle, reduction of labor such as day-to-day supervision, and limited to no system maintenance. All that is required is infrequent monitoring and adjustment of cycle times to the quality of the input water. With larger plants we have seen a reduction of staff needed from three down to one person per shift.
Automation is controlled by a programmable control panel that cycles a unit, or a number of units, using standard pneumatic or electric valves and switches. Cycle times are short – minutes rather than hours, and can easily be adjusted via the control panel to meet your clarification requirements. In addition, with the UFMC system, you can change the configuration of units to meet your dynamic water filtration requirements.
Having multiple units allows for maintenance or flushing to be carried out without interruption of clean water supply. For maintenance, this is done using the control panel by simply taking one unit offline while the other units continue their normal cycle. For flushing, the control panel automates this procedure in series to allow for an uninterrupted flow.
UFMC water purification plant can be up and running in a matter weeks, rather than months or years. Furthermore, if additional capacity is required, supplementary units can be added in a matter of weeks. This type of flexibility significantly reduces capacity planning and time to go live.
Due to its unique, patented design the UFMC System uses far less service water than conventional systems. The UFMC System is typically between 1% and 2% and can quickly flush the filtration media through its short, effective flush cycle.
The UFMC System is not a permanent installation as with traditional sand filtration systems. It is modular and scalable which allows you to install smaller plants at multiple locations if required, rather than a large central installation. Units have been developed to allow for water filtration completely off grid from a trailer using a generator or other power source.
Self-Cleaning, The Flush Cycle & Media
A key aspect of the design of UFMC is the ability to have short, but highly efficient flush cycles. That is, there is a minimal amount of waste water in flushing the filtration media, an average of 1% and usually less than 2%. This percentage varies based on the quality of the input water. Flush cycles can occur many times a day, allowing for far less media per volume of water, and in contrast to conventional sand filtration systems, a much shorter cleaning cycle. A flush or cleaning cycle consists of four stages:
1. Normal Flow (Filtration)
The media used in UFMC is inert, which allows for the flush cycle to be repeated for years without the need for media replacement. Should the media need to be replaced, it can be recycled.
UFMC was designed for the developing world. The system was designed to be locally sustainable where parts are replaceable and available with off-the-shelf components. This simplified system allows for easy and cost effective maintenance. Ancillaries such as compressor, dosing pumps and valves and other parts are all readily available for normal wear and tear replacement. The media used for filtration is inert, lasts for many years and is relatively inexpensive to replace.
The UFMC water treatment & clarification system costs a fraction of the price of conventional treatment plants and was designed for the developing world – to be built from off-the-shelf, locally available parts. This simplified way of clarifying water allows for easy and cost effective maintenance.
Model UFMC Diameter Flow Rate/hr.
350-1 350mm 2,000lts
500-1 500mm 5,000lts
700-1 700mm 12,000lts
850-1 850mm 17,000lts
1000-1 1,000mm 24,000lts
1500-1 1,500mm 50,000lts
1800-1 1,800mm 90,000lts