Title: Koch Membranes supplied membranes for MBR used in brewry wastewater in Australia

Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (KMS) will provide membrane modules for a membrane bioreactor (MBR) for Joe White Maltings of Ballarat, Australia. The project, which was awarded to Tenix Alliance Pty. Ltd., is the second Joe White Maltings wastewater treatment system to use PURON MBR submerged membranes. The MBR plant will be used to treat wastewater generated in “steeping” barley to convert it to beer malt. This process essentially involves soaking the grains until the moisture content reaches about 45%. After about 21 hours, the hydration stage is complete and the liquor is drained off as wastewater to be treated for reuse. Joe White Maltings is the largest malting company in the Southern Hemisphere. The Perth plant where the first system was installed is Australia’s largest combined industrial MBR and reverse osmosis (RO) water reuse facility, turning difficult-to-treat plant wastewater into a stream of reusable water that exceeds current municipal drinking water standards. The Perth MBR system was commissioned in March 2006, and the RO system followed in April, allowing the expanded malting plant to ramp up to full production capacity in June 2006. Full analytical testing on several samples of the reverse osmosis permeate water has measured well within all current Australian Drinking Water Quality Guideline parameters

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  •     Maltings, Joe White  -  Koch

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Company  Product  Process  Other  Subjects  Event  Event  Date  Location  Publication  Publication  Date Text  Descriptor
  • Koch

  • Membrane

  • Reverse Osmosis

  • Wastewater Treatment




  • Australia


  • Water and Wastes Digest


  • 12/1/2008


  • Article