New Technology in Challenging Times:

Optimize Existing Water Plant Assets With ScaleSense

April 27th 2020

Announcing ScaleSense

Optimizing existing water treatment assets is the lowest cost path to incremental water production and reducing residual waste. However, many of the tools needed have not been developed—until now.


Saltworks announces ScaleSense: our real-time, ion-specific sensor that works on saline waters i.e. brines. By measuring scaling species live, it enables users to optimize processes in real time as conditions change—without the need for human intervention, lab work, or guesswork.


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ScaleSense Applications

With ScaleSense, it is now possible to lower capital and operational expenditure by:

  • Running reverse osmosis systems closer to their peak recovery and automatically changing that recovery as inlet water chemistry shifts, without putting membranes at risk or generating surplus brine.
  • Operating cooling towers at higher cycles, saving water usage and reducing blowdown.
  • Optimizing chemical loading and sludge production of chemical softening systems 
  • Partially bypassing and blending sulfate treatment processes

We are excited to see what other solutions people imagine as we release this novel product.


We developed the ScaleSense ion sensor to work without interference from other ions. We tried other solutions, but their accuracy was inadequate for the complex waters we encountered in RO brines, cooling tower blowdown, power plant wastewater treatment, mine waters, and oil & gas.

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Measure Scaling Species in the Toughest Waters

ScaleSense can measure calcium (Ca2+), barium (Ba2+) or sulfate (SO42‑) ions, or silica (SiO2), real-time with repeatable accuracy. It can also measure TDS in extremely concentrated brines, where traditional conductivity meters flatline.


Check out our ScaleSense homepage to see sample use cases. We can package ScaleSense with our process engineering and control services, to enable customers to increase their plant smarts, improve recovery, uptime, data, and reduce waste.


Can you imagine a use for ScaleSense? Do you think you have incremental water “left on the table” that can be recovered? Contact us and let us figure it out.

About Saltworks

Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds and operates full-scale treatment plants and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.

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