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Database of Permitting Practices for Seawater Concentrate Disposal

November 12, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

2:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST
11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
PDHs: 1

This webcast will present the results of a recently completed WateReuse Research Foundation project (13-07), which included an in-depth analysis of the desalination permitting process and issues associated with the construction of desalination plants in the United States. The study identified the discharge information that permitting agencies need and the decision-making process they go through to permit discharge methods, which will help desalination project sponsors focus and expedite their permitting efforts.

The project focused on the most commonly used seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) concentrate management method of surface water discharge. Information was gathered from the three key U.S. states (California, Florida, and Texas) where interest in SWRO desalination has been highest. As international experience with SWRO desalination is more extensive, researchers also studied practices in Australia, Israel, and Spain – all countries that have significant experience with large-scale SWRO desalination project permitting and implementation.

The study included the creation of 11 SWRO desalination plant case studies and an analysis of regulatory systems and permitting processes  that supported the development of a detailed decision-making process to set discharge permit limits as well as to define environmental and other regulatory issues associated with concentrate regulation.


Dr. Michael Mickley is President of Mickley & Associates, LLC and has been working in the field of desalination technology since 1966. Since 1990 most of the focus has been in the area of concentrate/brine management. Dr. Mickley is on the editorial board of Desalination and Water Treatment and reviews articles for Desalination Journal.

Mr. Nikolay Voutchkov is President of Water Globe Consulting, LLC and has over 25 years of experience in the field of desalination and water reuse, and currently works as an independent technical advisor to public utilities implementing large desalination projects in Australia, USA, and the Middle East; and to private companies and investors involved in the development of advanced membrane technologies.


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