Why Custom Installation is Vital

Every project has different needs, and sometimes a one-size-fits-all package doesn’t meet those needs. We can create a completely unique solution to meet your safety, space, communication, and others. Custom water filtration systems gives you the best combination of filters, treatment, and panels for your facility.

Customization is necessary in many situations. You may have a small, oddly shaped space, a challenging water source (such as sea or freshwater), or even just a technological preference in control systems. By custom designing a system based on your specific requirements and preferences you can be sure that the water treatment system will work flawlessly for your particular application.

There are endless combinations available for each situation. Some of the most common customizations is in the filter choice. Here’s just a few of our filtration options and their functions:

Carbon Filtration
Carbon filters are commonly found in household sink, pitcher, and bottle filters. These filters are perfect for reducing chemicals like chlorine and pesticides, but not for particles such as fluorides and various minerals.
Reverse Osmosis
Reverse Osmosis is the process of creating clean water by pushing contaminants through a semipermeable membrane. Through this process anything from waste to salt to chemicals can be removed from water to produce fresh, potable water. Since these systems concentrate ions and other contaminates, they can cause problems with scaling, deposits, microbial fouling, and degradation.
Ultraviolet
While UV filtration will not be effective against chemicals, it is an effective disinfectant, eliminating bacteria and viruses as effectively as boiling.

There are also many water treatments that can be paired with different systems, offering your facility the best protection for your needs. Not to mention, we offer several choices in some of the best control interface options in the industry.

If you would like more information on custom installations, contact us today.

Acid Rain

Spring rains may be bringing more than May flowers this season. You may want to watch out during those refreshing showers and be cautious of falling acid rain. Acid rain is caused by the emission of gases into the atmosphere that have both natural man-made sources. Natural sources include gases released during plant decomposition or volcanic eruptions, while unnatural sources include burning coal and vehicle exhaust. Acid rain is identified as precipitation that contains higher levels of acid than the normal rain water, which usually stands at a pH level of 5.3. While pure water sits at a neutral 7, rainwater is naturally slightly more acidic due to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Acid rain can be harmful to both the natural and man-made environment. The acidity can can disrupt the natural growth and composition of plants and soils, leaving them susceptible to pests and disease. Acid rain can also promote corrosion of buildings and machinery that can quickly cause serious damage. Water treatment is important to remove the destructive acid from harming individuals and equipment.

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Beyond Consulting

At Water Consultants of America, we provide a wide range of consulting services, which include onsite troubleshooting, project coordination and specification writing. However, did you also know we also offer the following services for our clients?

Water Analysis – This is the first step in determining the quality of the water you use in your home or commercial enterprise. Analysis will show if water contains pollutants, be it bacteria and nitrates. If a water analysis comes back and issues need to be be addresses, we can discuss your next steps.

Legionella Sampling – This is a critical services for many of our clients. We ensure proper methods are used to test if Legionnaires disease bacteria is present and if so at what levels. If legionella is found, we can help you problem solve a solution.

Deposit Analysis– All treated water systems have the potential to develop water-formed deposits. The makeup of these deposits provides great insight into whether the water treatment system is effectively controlling the formation of biofilms.

To learn more about the services we offer in addition to our consulting, contact us.

Why Algae is a Concern

Algae are photosynthetic organisms that occur in most natural habitats. They can thrive in many habitats including freshwater, saltwater, deserts, hot springs, and snow and ice. Algae can be very small, single-celled organisms to huge multicellular organisms that can grow to more than 60 meters in length and form dense marine forests.

Algae are important both ecologically and economically. They are primary producers of organic matter at the bottom of the food chain, and they also provide oxygen for other marine life. Algae produce food, medicine, and other products that are economically important.

However, algae can prove to be harmful. When environmental conditions are agreeable, algae cells can multiply rapidly and form high numbers of cells. When this happens, this is called an algal bloom. Blooms usually result in a color change in the water. Although algal blooms can be any color, the most common colors are red and brown. These colored blooms are called red or brown tides. The majority of algal blooms aren’t harmful, but some affect humans and fish, as well as other marine mammals and birds. These dangerous blooms are known as Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Blooms are usually caused by warm water or nutrient rich water. Nutrient rich water is often a result of pollution, while warm water temperatures tend to make the blooms produce quickly.

HABs are dangerous to fish because they diminish the oxygen in the water, and the fish suffocate. Sometimes, algae blooms produce toxins that can kill fish and cause sickness in humans. Humans can become ill from HAB exposure by consuming raw fish and shellfish that have been exposed to the blooms. In special environments, humans can become sick by just inhaling the fumes from the bloom in sea foam.

The symptoms of exposure to HAB differ, depending on the toxins involved. Common symptoms are: diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In some cases, asthma-like symptoms may occur.

To learn more about the importance of water safety, contact us.

10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water at Home

Water is a valuable resource that we use daily without even putting thought into it. Freshwater only accounts for 3% of the water on Earth. So, the conservation of water is crucial. Here are 10 simple ways to conserve water at home:

1) Only run the washer and dishwasher when full. This can save 100 gallons of water a month.
2) Don’t run water while doing dishes. Have a sink with wash water and a sink with rinse water.
3) Water the lawn in the morning or evening to minimize evaporation.
4) Put a watering can in the shower to collect the cold water until it warms up. Use the water in the can to water plants.
5) When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to plants instead of pouring down the drain.
6) Turn off the water while washing your hair in the shower. This can save 150 gallons of water a month.
7) Wash pets outdoors in an area of the yard that needs water.
8) Choose low water use plants for landscaping. This can save 550 gallons of water a year.
9) Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth. This can save 25 gallons of water a month.
10) When giving pets freshwater, use the old water to water shrubs and trees instead of pouring down the drain.

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Boiler Water Treatment

Did you know that a boiler deposit of just 1/16 inch can result in an efficiency loss of up to 20%? Heavier deposits can cause damage and boiler failure. Reverse Osmosis membranes can also become fouled with mineral scales, leading to reduced boiler efficiency.

The biggest offenders in boiler killing are:

Oxygen Corrosion
“Pits” caused by oxygen corrosion are holes covered by mounds of iron oxide. These problems most frequently occur when a boiler is in an idle state.

Scale and Deposits
Heat transfer surfaces are the most common victim for scale and deposit damage. Calcium salts, magnesium, silicates, and iron all cause these issues that can eventually lead to total boiler failure.

Condensate Corrosion
When carbon dioxide condenses in the condensate system, it forms carbonic acid (H2CO3) which reduces the pH and causes corrosion. Alkaline, carbonate-heavy water is present in the feedwater, condensate corrosion can escalate into a big problem quickly.

You can read more about these problems and how we can help alleviate them on our Water Boiler Treatment information page.

What’s In Your Water?

Whether you’re supplying water for a home, restaurant, or an entire city, there are many contaminants to consider a concern for various reasons. Here are some examples of common problem causers that we can test for and help your facility prevent.

Iron and Manganese Staining
Anytime water passes over a mineral consistently, it will dissolve the mineral and move it along with all of the remaining particles. Most commonly, those minerals are iron and manganese.This causes those ugly rust-orange and black stains, most commonly found on bathtubs, sinks, and down the edge of large tanks.

Blue-Green Staining (Low pH)
That’s not soap residue on your pipes; that green halo around drains and welds is a surefire sign of low pH in your water.

Bacteria and Viruses
The most frightening of water contaminants is of course bacteria and viruses. Even if your water is not meant to be potable, any contact made with humans or animals should be considered in public health assessments. You can read more about these in our Waterborne Pathogens blog. [link]

Chlorine
While chlorine certainly has it’s place in public health needs, it can damage biological tissues as well as rubber seals.

Hard Water (Calcium, Magnesium, Iron)
This is a well-known issue for homeowners, in particular. Not only can this build up cause skin problems and spotty glassware, but appliances, machinery, and equipment using hard water will need consistent maintenance and replacements due to the damage done by hard water deposits.

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Waterborne Pathogens

Having a water treatment program installed is not only crucial to public safety, it is crucial to public health as well. Waterborne pathogens are disease-causing bacteria that can be transmitted to people from consuming untreated or inadequately treated water. These pathogens can be a very serious threat to human health and can cause serious symptoms. In some cases, these diseases can cause death if gone untreated. Below is a list of some of the waterborne bacteria that can cause serious symptoms from contaminated water.

Campylobacter
Campylobacteriosis is an infectious disease that usually starts within two to five days after exposure to the genus Campylobacter. Some of the symptoms of campylobacteriosis are: diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Campylobacteriosis is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States.

Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Escherichia coli, known as E.coli, are a group of bacteria found in the environment, foods, and the intestines of people and animals. The most common symptom of E. coli is diarrhea, however in some cases symptoms included urinary tract infection, respiratory illness, and pneumonia. E. coli connected with waterborne pathogens come from human or animal feces getting into lakes, pools, and water supplies.

Helicobacter pylori
Helicobacter pylori, known as H. pylori is a bacterium that can be found in the stomach of around two-thirds of the world’s population. Although H. pylori does not cause illness in most affected people, it can still cause infection to children, elderly people, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of H. pylori include abdominal pain and aches, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and weight loss. In severe cases, H. pylori is a major cause of peptic ulcer disease and is responsible for ulcers in the stomach and small intestine. H. pylori can also lead to stomach cancer.

Salmonella
Salmonellosis is an infection associated with bacteria called Salmonella. The symptoms of Salmonella are diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Symptoms usually start about 12 to 72 hours after infection. Every year, there are 42,000 cases of Salmonella reported in the United States.

Acinetobacter
Acinetobacter is a group of bacteria commonly found in soil and water. The symptoms of Acinetobacter are pneumonia, and blood or wound infections. Acinetobacter is usually contracted from dirt and debris.

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Need an Expert Witness in an Environmental Case?

If you’ve found yourself or your company in a legal dispute concerning water contamination, you know there’s a lot of work ahead. Environmental litigation can be difficult and lengthy. This is mostly because of the amount of evidence needed and the level of expertise required to explain that evidence in court. That is where we come in. One of our many consulting services is Expert Witness Testimony.

Many important environmental court cases have hinged on the testimony of a biologist working in the field questioned in the dispute. Experts such as ourselves may be necessary on either side of the litigation. Sometimes we see scientific, computer, or management errors on the defense side, and other times we’re able to show the opposite – no fault. Either way our discoveries will be completely unbiased. Even if our testimony would not help you in court, you can at least know what to be prepared for on the other side.

If you are interested in our Expert Witness Testimony service or would like to know more, give us a call at 800.645.1350 or by using our contact form on our site.

Chlorine Dioxide

Chlorine dioxide is one of the most popular products and disinfectants for cooling systems. It offers a strong level of control over the chemical balance with minimal effort on the part of the consumer.

Chlorine dioxide works well for contaminated systems. It can help control the biofilm which eliminates the growth of Legionella and other organisms. Using CIO2 is also less corrosive than traditional chlorine, which helps to keep equipment running smoothly and efficiently. It has also been used for many years in water treatment systems for the elimination of chlorophenols, oxidation of inorganic compounds, such as iron and manganese, and in the control of taste, odor and color.

Chlorine dioxide has also been proven to economically and effectively treat waters high in ammonia or organic nitrogen and in the destruction of phenol-based taste and odor causing compounds. This is because chlorine dioxide is not affected by pH, thus it is a cost effective means of water treatment when the pH is high.

If would like to discuss the benefits of chlorine dioxide further, please visit our website or call us at 800.645.1350.