What is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a wastewater recycling process that takes contaminated or salty water and turns it into potable, clean water. This water, after being “cleaned” by reverse osmosis, can be used as drinking water, for watering plants, and throughout the industrial process. Reverse osmosis occurs when water is placed under high pressure and pushed through a porous membrane. Any harmful particles, bacteria, or unclean substances are removed from the water and trapped in the membrane, resulting in clean water.

Because of the large amount of contaminants removed from the water, reverse osmosis systems can become clouded with buildup. Additionally, scaling, excess deposits, microbial fouling and degradation of the system can occur. When these occur, not only is the lifespan of the membrane within the reverse osmosis system decreased, but overall performance is also decreased. Because this membrane is expensive to repair, preemptive measures should be taken to increase the life and function of your reverse osmosis system.

We have a variety of products that can help you get a preemptive strike on the negative reverse osmosis buildup. These products include scale inhibitors, dispersants, and microbiocides, in addition to various membrane cleaners. We also offer technical support for any other problems you may be experiencing with your reverse osmosis system. Have a reverse osmosis system you want help with? Check out our reverse osmosis product page for more information or give us a call at (800)645-1350!

Training Options

Why would you want a Water Treatment Program if you can not properly use it? It would be pointless right? That is why the Water Consultants of America provide our clients with On-Site Training Seminars and access to our Web-Based Training Library. It is important that our clients have the proper knowledge and resources to best use their treatment systems.

 

Our On-Site Training Seminars offer training in various aspects of water chemistry. Training can range from the basics of, “Water chemistry for the non-chemist,” and the importance of equipment inspection up to issues as specific as Legionnaire’s disease and pathogen control. Our experts have over twenty years of experience and are trained to teach you. Click here to see the full list of topics covered in our seminars. We want you to feel confident in the upkeep of your system and feel equipt with the proper knowledge to do so.

 

The Web-Based program will give you access to both training as well as a library database. With this service you will have access to technical reference papers, water treatment primers, and best practice training materials. Whether you participate in the On-Site or Web-Based Training, you will be sure to broaden your knowledge of water treatment and be able to use it toward maximizing the benefits of your Water Treatment Program.

 

Our expert knowledge is only as good as the hands it is in, therefore we want to provide our clients with that knowledge. Our professionals are key leaders in this industry, have exceptional training, are Certified Water Technologists and will train you to properly maintain your Water Treatment Programs. It is our priority to help our clients in every way possible. Click here to learn more on what services we can offer you!

The Dangers of Scale Deposits

It is crucial to keep your boiler operating system clean in order for it run efficiently. Even the smallest amount of deposit is enough to reduce the efficiency of the system, and as the deposits grow, so does the severity of the problem. One issue found in boiler operating systems are scale and sludge deposits. This can occur for a variety of reasons so it is important to know what those issues might be.

The most common type of deposit is formed from calcium salt which result from excessive hardness to the boiler feedwater. Additionally, magnesium, silicates and iron can create deposits, and returning iron from corrosion of steam condensate systems cause them as well. Having any type of deposit on your boiler system can be extremely detrimental and can lead to system failure. So if you have a scale or sludge deposit build up, get rid of it fast!

Having scale and sludge deposits does not mean your boiler operating system is ruined, it is just necessary to properly treat it. Learn more about boiler water treatment here and let us help you protect your systems to keep them running smoothly.

Bioaugmentation: Your Non-Hazardous Wastewater Treatment Option

With it’s non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-hazardous, and non-pathogenic benefits, Bioaugmentation has become a leading process for wastewater treatment. Bioaugmentation is a method in which naturally occurring micoorganisms are used to treat organic wastes and polluntants. Specific microorganisms are selected to quickly and efficiently degrade organic wastes. Used to degrade fats, oils, grease, starch proteins, cellulose, and industrial wastes improves plant efficiency and reduces costs associated with plant expansion and equipment solutions.

 

It is always important to understand which wastewater treatment will best suit the needs of your facility, and with the additional benefit of bioaugmentation reducing sludge volume, which in turn reduces dewatering and off-site dumping cost, bioaugmentation is an option you will not want to pass up. Click here to find out more options for you wastewater treatment plan.

Drumless Chemical Storage: Your Eco-Friendly Option

One of the biggest nightmares in the water industry is the possibility of a chemical spill that would be heard around the world. Here at Water Consultants of America, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our clients, as well as seeking eco-friendly opportunities. With our drumless chemical storage we are able to eliminate hazardous chemical storage and make a chemical spill a distant nightmare that no longer merits your concern.

 

There is no longer a need for chemical handling and containment, and without the mess of disposing of chemical drums, you will eliminate the associated costs of doing so as well. Drumless chemical storage has an indefinite shelf life under proper storage conditions and reduces space requirements, helping you to utilize all the space you have for other items of importance. So why don’t you opt for a non-chemical and eco-friendly solution that will save you time, money, and worry? Click here to find out more about our drumless chemical storage option.

What Causes Corrosion And How Can We Help?

Have you ever wondered what is causing the corrosion of your water pipes? You might be surprised to realize that many different elements cause corrosion, which demands different types of treatment to combat. Corroding of water pipes is an eventuality that must be faced, but understanding the causes of the process and the techniques used to reduce the rate of corrosion will result in an efficiently functioning water system that produces the highest quality of water.

Some of the well-known causes of corrosion stem from alkalinity (a solution used to dissolve acid) and an imbalance in the hardness of the water. Oxidizing agents can also speed up corrosion by forming certain acids and metal oxides that wear down the durability of water pipes.

Other factors include atmospheric impressions, extreme temperatures of the water, and bacteria that finds its way into the pipes.

Our inventory of raw materials includes a vast array of high performance threshold inhibitors, dispersants, and corrosion inhibitors which can be formulated to control almost any expected deposit or corrosion problem. Look here to find out more information about the products that can help reduce the rate of corrosion in your water treatment system.

Water Treatment

The delivery of safe, clean water to our homes and businesses is a service that is often taken for granted. Many people do not realize all of the time and effort that goes into the treatment of water. There is an array of individuals who make sure the water you use is of the highest quality possible.

Water purification is essential to preparing water for use by individuals. Bacteria and waterborne illnesses must be completely removed before the water can be used or consumed. Using treatment methods such as chlorination, filtration and distillation will remove unwanted elements from your water, such as bacteria that cause illnesses such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery can be deadly if contracted by humans. Using treatment methods such as chlorination, filtration and distillation will remove such unwanted elements from your water.

Water Consulatants of America offer a variety of services to help fit your distinct needs in the area of water purification. To learn more about how we can help you check out our website.

Cooling Water Treatment

Cooling water is the process of removing heat from temperature sensitive equipment, thereby keeping it from malfunctioning or failing. Cooling water is the preferred method of cooling for many companies due to water’s inexpensive, nontoxic, and reusable nature. However, this cooling method does have a few major drawbacks if the cooling water is left untreated.

Untreated cooling water accelerates corrosion in metal pipes and holding tanks, allows biological growth, and leaves behind deposits from the minerals in the water supply. A system not properly maintained will cause losses in productivity due to equipment failures, health and safety concerns, increased energy consumption (due to buildup of deposits), and higher production costs.

Our cooling water deposit and corrosion control programs make use of the most up-to-date technologies to keep your system operating efficiently. We have expertise in biofilm control to help minimize problems caused by microorganisms, including fouling, deposits, corrosion, and disease (i.e. Legionellosis).

To limit deposit and corrosion problems, we offer a complete line of speciality cooling water treatment products. We have a vast array of high performance threshold inhibitors, dispersants, and corrosion inhibitors which we can customize to fit your specific needs. Since we can custom blend products, we can also create products for any unique conditions you business might be facing.

Contact us today at 800-645-1350 or visit our website so we can discuss your needs and begin implementing your cooling water treatment plan.

Reuse of Fracking Wastewater

If you’ve lived in Texas for any length of time, you know that fracking is huge in the Lonestar State. Fracking is the process of collecting natural gas from underground shale formations. It uses a lot of water, both during the drilling process and afterwards, when the water is pumped out of the well.

However, the water that is pumped out of the well after use is considered “contaminated” and needs to be disposed of. (For more in-depth information on how it works, check out our blog post from August.) Therefore, a huge opportunity exists for the reuse of the wastewater that is produced as a result of fracking.

So, why is water reuse so important in the fracking industry? Most fracking occurs in areas that see consistently high levels of drought conditions (especially here in Texas) and see perpetual water shortages. The ability to keep using – and reusing – the same amount of water for fracking operations allows fracking operators to minimize both the use – and cost – of freshwater resources as well as to avoid problems with local wastewater disposal and the cost of wastewater trucking. However, think not only of the financial benefits – the reuse of water in the fracking process also has environmental benefits in that it reduces the overall use of water, allowing for more water to remain in the environment and be used for direct human consumption.

With the advent of new technology and the emergence of new capabilities, the reuse of fracking wastewater presents a very unique environmental opportunity for fracking operators.

At Water Consultants of America, we work with you to recommend water treatment sciences and technologies that best suit your institution. For more information about what we do and how we do it, contact us at (800)645-1350, or use our contact form.

Chlorine Dioxide: Not Your Average Disinfectant

Chlorine dioxide is a chemical compound with the formula CIO2, and is a popular disinfecting agent for treating both drinking water and water used in cooling systems. It was first introduced in 1944 by the Niagara Falls, New York Water Treatment Plant, and due to its superior use over chlorine when operating over a ph 7 with the presence of ammonia and amines, it quickly became widely used by 1956. Chlorine dioxide is also the most effective way to control biofilms in water distribution systems and to eliminate water pathogens such as the legionella bacteria. Below are just a few more ways that using chlorine dioxide will keep your water cooling system up and running.

Chlorine dioxide is an EPA registered biocide.
As long as it is used as directed, this biocide poses no unreasonable adverse effects on humans, the environment, or other non-target species.

It is not negatively impacted by pH.
Disinfectants can experience changes to their effectiveness depending on the pH of the water they are used in. Chlorine dioxide will not go through any fluctuations in strength, regardless of the pH.

Chlorine dioxide will not lose its effectiveness over time.
Meaning that bacteria will not grow resistant to it.

It is not negatively impacted by silica and phosphate.
This is vital since silica and phosphate are both commonly used as potable water corrosion inhibitors.

Chlorine dioxide is less corrosive than chlorine or other disinfection methods.
This keeps all equipment running smoothly, efficiently, and without incurring any additional costs to control corrosion.

If you would like to discuss the benefits of chlorine dioxide further, visit our website or call us today at 800-645-1350.