Published with permission from Brady Services.
As a facility owner, you know that water plays a vital role in heating and cooling systems and process manufacturing. But, did you know that managing the quality of the water used in these systems is equally important? A water treatment program can help ensure your equipment continues to operate efficiently and safely for years to come.
When the water used in cooling towers, air washers, steam boilers, and associated closed loop systems is left untreated, the results can be excessive microbiological growth, scaling, and corrosion in the equipment. This fouling creates a barrier on heat exchange services of your equipment that can interfere with the water’s ability to exchange heat, forcing the systems to work harder and increasing your facility’s energy costs.
Protecting Your Equipment
Corrosion can lead to irreversible damage of your equipment. It can cause pitting and rust that may bore holes and weaken the infrastructure. A water treatment technician will examine the equipment to determine the cause of corrosion and will treat the water to alleviate the issue. The technician will then monitor the corrosion rate to ensure it stays within the industry standard.
Uncontrolled microbiological growth in heating and cooling systems can cultivate potentially dangerous bacteria, such as legionella. This waterborne bacterium thrives in water between 75° and 115° and can be protected in a biofilm, making cooling towers ideal for growing the bacteria. Regular bacteria tests and treating the water can help ensure your facility does not develop or spread legionella.
To learn more about Harshaw Trane’s water treatment program, and how it can help your facility, listen to our water treatment podcast or call us at 502.499.7000.