Hydrocarbons in municipal water supplies including fresh water and desalination systems are commonly limited to less than 1 part per million. Surface water from rivers, lakes, or the sea with marine traffic, nearby pipelines, or regular flooding can be contaminated by hydrocarbons.
Freshwater treatment systems can be damaged by hydrocarbons or allow them to pass through undetected. Desalination systems including RO membranes can be irreversibly damaged by the presence of hydrocarbons. Continuous monitoring of water source intakes can prevent system contamination and subsequent damage.
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