How to Properly Size an Industrial Water Softener

  • 3 November 2020
  • Author: Kevin Blake
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How to Properly Size an Industrial Water Softener

Water softeners are ion exchange systems designed to remove scale-forming calcium and magnesium ions prior to boiler, cooling, and reverse osmosis systems. Many different sizes and configurations of softeners are available, with selection based upon factors such as water quality, system demand, and the overall application. In industrial applications, it is imperative that a properly sized softener is selected to ensure that hardness is not allowed to pass to critical system components. Both over and under-sized softeners can result in serious problems due to hard water in these systems.

Recycling COW Water in Boiler and Cooling Tower Systems

  • 7 July 2020
  • Author: Tim Daniels
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Recycling COW Water in Boiler and Cooling Tower Systems

Dairy processing plants have a unique opportunity for water reuse: Condensate of Whey or “COW” water, is the water generated when milk products are evaporated or concentrated. Because milk is almost 90% water, a lot of cow water may be available for reuse. For example, a dairy plant producing 50,000 pounds of cheese a day requires about 500,000 pounds of raw milk and generates over 50,000 gallons of COW water for each day of production. That’s almost 20 million gallons of COW water annually. The economic and environmental benefits of reusing this water is significant both in terms of reducing fresh water requirements as well as the load on the wastewater treatment plant.

What is Scale and How does it Impact Water Treatment?

  • 16 June 2020
  • Author: Chenoa Hill
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What is Scale and How does it Impact Water Treatment?

Hard water has been causing issues for humanity for ages, whether it is making it difficult to wash our clothes and cars, or depositing on our hot water heaters and kettles. Hardness scale is typically the combination of calcium and magnesium compounds that have precipitated out of water (e.g., calcium carbonate, magnesium silicate). This tough deposit forms in HVAC cooling systems and process water systems and can wreak havoc by decreasing system life and increasing energy usage, maintenance, and operational costs.

Treating Boiler Condensate with Filming Amines

What are filming amines and how do they protect your system?

Treating Boiler Condensate with Filming Amines

Steam is the life blood of many buildings and manufacturing operations. When companies are looking for ways to lower operating costs and ensure reliability, the steam boiler system is a good place to start. After steam does its work, it becomes condensate, which is often referred to as “liquid gold” due to its low dissolved solids and high heat content. Maximizing the recovery of condensate reduces utility costs and conserves natural resources. As a rule of thumb, every gallon of condensate that is returned to make more steam saves a cubic foot of natural gas.

Why Should I Have My Site Audited?

How Site Surveys Could Add Up to Savings!

  • 26 May 2020
  • Author: Jeff Lazor
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Why Should I Have My Site Audited?

The scariest four words in the United States are “you are being audited.” These words are usually associated with the IRS reviewing tax filings and typically result in additional taxes, penalties, and fees. But in water management, being audited should be looked at from a completely different view. A water management audit works in much the same way as a routine checkup at your doctor’s office. During an audit, your system is reviewed for ways to improve its overall health. This goes beyond just increasing cycles to reduce blowdown and energy consumption. Audits focus on identifying other potential sources of makeup water, water reuse, and improved efficiencies.

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