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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!

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.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis (R.O.) products are among the many resources offered by Water Consultants of America. Reverse Osmosis is an increasingly popular water purification technique, and we strive to provide the newest and best products available to our clients. The main purpose of R.O. is to eliminate contaminants in water to decrease the risk of scaling, deposits, microbial fouling and degradation in mechanical systems.

So how does it work? The reverse osmosis process has greatly evolved over the years. Because of more advanced technology and processes, we are now able to purify large amounts of water at a time. The process of regular osmosis can be broken down by HowStuffWorks.com as “when a solvent of low concentrated solute solution moves through a membrane to get to the higher concentrated solution, thus weakening it”. The solvent is the mixture of water and contaminants (solute). By literally reversing the process of osmosis, we essentially are making the solvent filter out of the high concentrate into the lower concentrate solution to separate out the solute from the solvent. This leave you with clean, usable water without the harmful contaminants.

Let us know if you’re interested in learning more about the reverse osmosis process and how it can help your water treatment facility. Call us today to make a consultation so we may provide the right products for you. 800.645.1350.

What It Means to be a Water Treatment Operator

Where does the water in your kitchen sink come from?

It was pumped from a lake or other source to a water treatment plant. Once there, it is the responsibility of the Water Treatment Operator to regulate processes and equipment components that remove pollutants from the water. Upon arriving at the plant, the operator takes water readings, collects samples, and reads meters and gauges. After examining the data they receive, they adjust the machinery and chemicals accordingly. They use tools to maintain and repair pumps, valves, and other equipment. The operator needs to have in-depth knowledge of chemical processes and interactions, machinery, and ecology; it is a delicate mix that requires specialized training.

Those tasks are just the daily operations. Operators are also in charge of handling emergencies and often have to work in dangerous or dirty conditions. Just like other emergency personnel that work to keep our cities safe, water treatment operators are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to ensure public health standards are met.

Though it may not be the most glamorous job, it is very important the community. Call us or check out our Services page today to hear more about how WCA can train your Water Treatment Officer on site! 800.645.1350

 

Hydraulic Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been all over the news in recent months, leaving many wondering what exactly that means. Fracking is the process of releasing natural gas from underground rock formations by injecting a high pressure mixture of chemicals, water, and sand. Fracking is a hot topic in the news because the chemicals that are used during fracking as well as the escaping natural gas could be posing a health threat if they are contaminating underground water supplies and rivers.

There has been increased interest in fracking’s impact on water supplies by environmental agencies and scientists, leading to additional studies of the water surrounding drilling sites. The University of Texas at Arlington just released a study showing that well water taken from areas around fracking sites in Texas had elevated levels of dangerous chemicals like arsenic and selenium. It is important to note the researchers stated that this study alone could not conclusively pinpoint a cause. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also noted elevated levels of dangerous contaminants in groundwater around fracking sites in Texas.

The argument is strengthening that further research is needed to find out what is causing the contamination: fracking or a natural event. To help ensure this research continues, concerned individuals need to write their district representative as well as their city’s mayor. Elected officials pay attention to the main concerns of their electorate, and they can help put pressure on the needed organizations or even provide funding to get the research done.

Regardless of the possible fracking contamination debate, it is important to make sure your water is always free from naturally occurring contaminants. Call us at (800)645-1350 and rest assured your water will always be safe for consumption.

Take Your Records To The Next Level With WCA Reports

Apparently, water and computers can mix! At Water Consultants of America, we take pride in our technological advances that make water treatment easier for our clients. That’s why we offer cutting edge software with a web based reporting system called WCA Reports. With WCA Reports, you can go paperless for a faster, more convenient way to track your records. Our customers are able to access their service report and controller data anytime from anywhere with Internet access. Having the most up to date technology can help your facilities perform at their peak. Our reports are clearly organized easy to use so you may interpret them at a glance. This will help in quick interpretations and diagnoses for any operating issues within your equipment.

Find out how WCA Reports can advance your water treatment system reporting into the future; give us a call! 800.645.1350