What is Advanced Water Purification?

Advanced Water Purification produces high-quality drinking water using the most advanced, state-of-the-science treatment processes available. Though technologies can vary, many systems, including Pure Water Soquel, use a water purification technology that includes three processes: microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light/advanced oxidation.

This overall process is proven and is being used around the world. For example, the Groundwater Replenishment System in Orange County is the world's largest water purification system. Visit their website to learn more about their program.

The following video will walk you through Pure Water Soquel's three-step advanced water purification process. Or read about these steps.

The Purification ProcessMicrofiltration

1. Microfiltration

The recycled water first goes through microfiltration, an initial filtration process where water is pumped through tubes filled with tiny membranes. Each membrane is made up of hollow fibers, perforated with holes 1/300th the width of a human hair. Solids, bacteria, protozoa, and some viruses are removed from the water as it is drawn through the tubes.

2. Reverse Osmosis

Reverse OsmosisThe water then goes through a process called reverse osmosis where it is forced under high pressure through membranes with holes so small that a water molecule is almost the only substance that can pass through. As a result, things such as salts, viruses, and most pharmaceuticals, personal care products and pesticides cannot pass through the membranes and are left behind. This is the same process that is used by some bottled water companies, baby food manufacturers, and for kidney dialysis.

3. Ultraviolet Light

Ultraviolet LightUltraviolet Light (UV) with advanced oxidation is a further safety process where extremely concentrated light, similar to the sun's rays, kills any organisms that may remain after reverse osmosis. UV combined with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), similar to strong bleach, is an effective disinfection process that keeps trace organic compounds from reaching drinking water supplies.