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  • The Membranes & Desalination Specialist Network consists of two clusters of individuals whose special interests share much in common and where there is often considerable overlap. Typically the two-way interaction is evident in applications where membrane technology is utilised as pre-treatment for thermal or reverse osmosis desalination, thermal processes are being incorporated into new membrane reactors and reverse osmosis is employed as the final “polishing” step in water recycling processes.


    While there are small differences in the emphasis to place on the best use and most appropriate choice of technological mix to apply at any one time, both groups have shared the same Conference platform and enjoyed the three events so far concluded: the Membranes & Desalination Specialty I in Adelaide in 2005, Membrane & Desalination Specialty II in Melbourne in 2007, and Membrane & Desalination Specialty III in Sydney in 2009. Reports from these events are available in the 'Publications' section.


    Want to join the Membranes and Desalination Specialist Network?

    If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in Membranes and Desalination, then join us! To join this network you must be an AWA member. 




    Membranes, the Key to Australian Desalination and Water Reclamation Practice


    Reverse osmosis, micro- and ultra-filtration membranes are the essential components for drinking water systems, water recycling and reclamation and brackish water desalination in Australia. Below are some of the leading examples of their application to the country’s water management agenda.


        Kwinana Seawater Desalination Plan 1



     LHS: Tugun Seawater Desalination Plant


    RHS:  Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme
     LHS: Kwinana SeawaterDesalination Plant    LHS: Tugun Seawater Desalination Plant

     RHS: Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme 







    Ozwater'15 - Call For Papers

    Closing 28 August 2014  

    AWA is calling for abstract submissions for Australia's international water conference and exhibition - Ozwater'15. The overall theme for the event is 'Water for Growth and Prosperity", with key sub-themes in:  

    • Technology, Operations and Asset Management, 
    • Governance, Regulation and Structure, 
    • Water for Rural, Remote and Regional Communities, 
    • Water for Agriculture, Food and Beverages, 
    • Water for Mining, Resources and Power,  
    • The Customer and Community, and 
    • Liveable Cities. 

    Submissions close 28 August - don't miss your chance to share your ideas, research, or initiative, and the opportunity to collaboratively encourage innovation and professional development.


    Visit to find out more and submit your abstract. 



    July 2014

    Latest newsletter is out now!


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    • Feature paper - Managing Water for Unconventional Gas Developments
    • USAID Desal Prize - Call for innovations 
    • Australian news 
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    • Papers 

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