Water pretreatment — the removal of pollutants from water entering the manufacturing system – is essential to keep water heating and cooling as efficiently as possible. In addition to its environmental advantages, the water purification process improves downstream efficiency and operations, reduces risk of water-borne illness, and in some cases can enable reclaiming and recycling of effluent-borne materials.
Industrial and commercial water pretreatment involves water purification through filtration, deionization, and/or water softening. At Earthwise Environmental, we use a variety of water purification methods to engineer effective pretreatment systems to meet each client’s unique needs. Here are some of the most common water purifier systems for industrial water pretreatment:
Water softening is the removal of calcium, magnesium and other minerals in hard water, usually by passing it through some sort of salt-based medium. Industrial water softening is effective at reducing or eliminating scale build-up in boilers, valves and other equipment. This helps to reduce costs by extending the life of filters and equipment, and reducing maintenance expenses.
Most water impurities are either solid particles or dissolved salts. While a simple mechanical filter will take out particulate, the most practical method to remove salt is chemical. Deionization (DI) is the chemical process of removing dissolved impurities, or ions, from water. Ion exchange, the simplest method of DI, neutralizes ions with other ions and is adequate for relatively low concentrations of impurities.
Deionization produces a pure, high quality of water similar to distilled water. However, it is not typically effective against organic pollutants, including water-borne pathogens.
For higher concentrations of impurities, reverse osmosis (RO) is the preferred water purification technology. In an RO water filtration system, water is forced through a semipermeable filter under high pressure. The filter permits the water, but not the contaminants, to pass through.
RO removes all components except the hydrogen and oxygen. In addition to removing dissolved salts and minerals, RO is one of the most effective water filtration methods for removing disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa from water.
Seeking an effective water purification solution for your company?
Earthwise Environmental is proud to have three Certified Water Technologists on staff. These individuals have the expertise, experience and knowledge to provide the highest standards of service in the water industry.
After the experts at Earthwise Environmental analyze your application, requirements and equipment, we specify a water purification solution based on your chemical program and expected performance metrics. Unlike other companies, we not only recommend and install the appropriate filtration/deionization equipment for your application, but most importantly, we provide the ONGOING SERVICE required to maintain it.
To speak with a water filtration expert who can help you determine the best solutions for your water pretreatment needs, call us at 855-868-8809 or fill out this short online request form, and we will be in touch with you soon!
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