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.

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.

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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]

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.

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.

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 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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Filtration Versus Distillation

Water often contains impurities that can make it either unpleasant or unhealthy to consume. Dissolved minerals, iron, chlorine and microbes such as bacteria and viruses are all known to be present in untreated water. While there are many ways to purify water, two of the most frequently used are the processes of filtering and distilling water. While each of these methods will take care of the job of purifying your water, there are pros and cons to both mentioned, which are discussed below:

• Filtering Water:
Filtration is the process in which impure water is forced through a filter membrane that screens out impurities. The force of the water moving through the filter at a high rate of speed allows the impurities to be caught in the filtration screen and therefore removed from the water altogether. How well filtration works depends largely on the size of the pores of the actual filter being used. While filtration is quick and relatively easy to carry out, it is not completely effective in removing all possible impurities present in the water. While it will remove small microbes, filter pores are not effective in removing viruses such as Hepatitis A. Filters with an activated carbon or resin added to the filtration process allows for the expansion of the number of chemicals that can be removed from the water.

• Distilling Water:
Distillation occurs when water is placed in a sill and heated to a boiling point, at which time water vapor that has resulted from boiling rises naturally and drifts down a specifically designed tube downwards into another container. The majority of the impurities will be left behind in the sill. The distillation results in extremely pure water. It removes even the minerals that are found in normal tap water and are safe for human consumption. Distillation is an extremely slow process and requires a significant amount of heat to begin the boiling process. A typical distillation apparatus is also often very large and not easily transported.

Contact Water Consultants of America at 800.645.1350 and speak with our representatives about which method works best for you. We can answer any questions you might have in regards to water purification and which system works best for which project.