When dryland population increases, expanding local water supplies is essential. Scientists and Technicians at the Department of Desalination and water Treatment are studying hight-tech desalination for providing water for drinking, agriculture and industry.
The Department of Desalination & Water Treatment investigates various aspects of desalination and treatment of different kinds of water for recycling, including:
Prof. Yoram Oren
Improvement and development of new membranes for reverse osmosis and nanofiltration in seawater desalination and treatment of various types of wastewater and urban effluents after tertiary treatment
Development of novel ion-conducting membranes
Pre-treatment of water by reverse osmosis
Development of methods to eliminate organic substances from industrial effluents and polluted groundwater
Understanding the mechanisms in low-pressure desalination systems associated with reverse osmosis and nanofiltration
Improvement of materials used in reverse osmosis
Development of management practice and methods to reduce concentrate volume
Efficient techniques for reuse of urban effluents
Improvement of electrodialysis processes for desalination of brackish water and for use in industry
The researchers, all members of BGU's academic staff, teach the following variety of subjects in various departments at BGU: treatment and recovery of sewage, water resources management, desalination of seawater and brackish water by reverse osmosis and electrodialysis, nanofiltration techniques, treatment of wastewater and effluents, membrane technology and maintenance.
All faculty members participate in teaching and supervision of graduate students at the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, the teaching arm of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, and relevant faculties at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Teaching activities of the department will include utilization of the Pilot Plant on the Sede Boqer Campus for practical training.
Faculty members will join forces to teach the graduate program in Hydrology, Water Engineering and Water Resources Management, now being developed at the ZIWR.