Almost all industries are reliant on water, but some are significantly more dependent than others. Water used in different industries must be treated before it is released back into the environment or re-used. Raw water entering an industrial plant also usually needs treatment before being used in specific industrial processes.
Even if you do not rely on treated water for your operation, you will still need it for sanitation, cleaning, or other purposes.
The Importance of Commercial Water Treatment
Treated water optimizes water-based industrial processes, including cleaning, heating, cooling, processing, and rinsing. Water treatment reduces contamination risk and operating costs. Poorly treated or untreated water can corrode machine parts.
It can cause boiler scale buildup. Scale narrows pipe width and can affect the heat exchange process. Deposits affect the efficiency of boilers. An underperforming boiler uses more fuel to heat the same amount of water.
Untreated water can be corrosive to boilers, cooling towers and pipes, and vessels that contain it. Untreated water can also affect human health. If left untreated, water in cooling towers will encourage bacteria growth.
If a person comes into contact with contaminated water, they can get Legionnaires disease. In fact, many outbreaks of Legionnaires disease have been traced to unmanaged or mismanaged cooling towers. Water used in semiconductors and beverages should also be treated as untreated water can render them useless.
Top Benefits of Commercial Water Treatment
Commercial water treatment systems in Sonoma County and elsewhere treat thousands of gallons of water every day. Treated water can further be purified for human use.
Wastewater treatment protects the environment. Water released by plants usually includes chemicals. If contaminants and chemicals get into the groundwater, an ecosystem can fall apart. Wastewater treatment can help prevent this problem. Wastewater treatment benefits the environment by removing these chemicals.
Wastewater treatment also strengthens local economies. Governments spend hundreds of millions of dollars to reverse the effects of pollution and prevent further pollution.
When wastewater gets released into local water bodies, it negatively impacts local ecosystems. In addition to saving local governments millions of dollars, wastewater treatment creates jobs as several people are required to manage a wastewater plant.
Different Types of Wastewater Systems and Technologies and Their Benefits
Reverse Osmosis Units
A reverse osmosis system provides several benefits. RO units consume less energy than many other types of wastewater systems. They are designed to effectively remove various pollutants, including pesticides, fluoride, bacteria, nitrates, and sulfates.
Another benefit of reverse osmosis is that it uses water pressure and carbon and sediment filters instead of chemicals to remove impurities. It is cost-effective, reliable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly.
Reverse osmosis systems force water through an especially designed fine membrane to eliminate impurities. The filter does not allow particles larger than water molecules to pass through it. Clean, purified water collects in a holding tank.
The membrane is designed to block chemicals, viruses, and other microorganisms, pesticides, and ions. It can also block chemicals dissolved in water. Many different types of water purification systems cannot remove these contaminants.
As the name indicates, iron filters are designed to remove iron particles from the commercial water supply through oxidation. Two common types of iron filters include Manganese Greensand Mixture and Single Tank Aeration System.
Manganese Greensand Mixture is a specially processed medium designed to remove hydrogen sulfide, manganese, and iron by trapping them in the filter bed. Sand and gravel media are used to filter iron and residual particles out of the water supply.
Single Tank Aeration Systems use air to oxidize iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide into minute particles so they can be filtered out of the water system easily.
Carbon Filtration Units
Carbon filters have large surfaces that allow them to trap a variety of harmful substances and chemicals. There are two types of carbon filtration units-granular activated carbon and block carb.
Both types remove a variety of chemical elements
from your water supply, including chlorine, benzene, radon, herbicides, and pesticides.
Carbon filtration units also remove bad tastes and odors from water. No wonder they are used in restaurants and beverage manufacturing units where clean, good-tasting water is essential.
Ultraviolet Water Purifiers
UV water purifiers have UV lamps. These are short-wave, low-pressure tubes. They produce UV-C light that deactivates the DNA of viruses, affecting their ability to multiply and cause diseases.
Water enters the chamber. Once it flows into the annular space, it is exposed to the UV rays from the lamp. Water leaving the purifying system is ready for use.
Cartridge filters are used in several industries. It consists of a cartridge encased within a housing or casing. When water passes through the cartridge, it traps pollutants, unwanted particles, and chemicals in it. These filters can remove even submicron particles.
Need help choosing the right commercial water treatment system for your business? Look no further than Weeks Drilling & Pump Co. We will help you evaluate the pros and cons of every system. To consult one of our experts, call 707-823-3184.