Membrane Technology



The IWA Membrane Technology Specialist Group (MTSG) unites the best experts from around the world specialized in probably the most advanced water and wastewater treatment process – membrane technology. Currently, membranes are the only technology that can provide “absolute” barrier to protect public health when treating water for drinking quality, membranes become the most economical technology to desalinate brackish and seawater, and membranes are opening new era for water reuse, Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) and Direct Potable Reuse (DPR). As membrane technologies are relatively new processes, the exchange of information and cross-collaboration between experts, scientists and practitioners is fundamental necessity to develop membrane processes, advance membrane treatment and widely spread knowledge on how to benefit people in all parts of the world by having access to basic as well as in-depth expert knowledge and global experience. As population and industry grow globally, there is an increasing demand in treatment processes, and membrane technologies are playing an important and in some applications a vital role to provide right and sound solutions when treating water for drinking purposes, desalination or reuse of municipal or industrial effluent.

The Missions of the MTSG are to advance and promote knowledge on membrane technologies, provide education, share and disseminate experience collected globally, connect research with practice to advance implementation of best research results into practical applications and advance development of new membrane processes and applications for water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, salinity management and desalination.

To fulfil our objectives the MTSG is organizing biennial membrane conferences and regional membrane conferences, exchanging information and results on the newest developments and applications between group members around the world, and publish online Newsletter. The next regional membrane conference takes place in the Middle East in 2016, and we invite everyone to attend.

The MTSG members are in the forefront of the new technologies and applications development and leaders in developing new membrane applications, such as Forward Osmosis (FO) and Membrane Distillation (MD), which are expected to have significant impact to the water industry.

We welcome new members, who are interested in the most advanced treatment technologies, processes and applications, and who care about safety of our water.