Most industrial and manufacturing processes, whatever the industry sector, tend to use good quality or even purified water in one or more of their stages. Despite it being such a commonly used resource, there are a lot of misconceptions about how we reuse water which could have a major impact on how effective our processes are, both from a cost and environmental perspective. Read on to find out about the most common misconceptions surrounding the use and reuse of water in manufacturing processes, and what we can do about them.
There are any number of reasons why dust in the air could become a problem in your home or workplace. Sometimes dust can be a temporary issue caused by building work or external environmental conditions like a strong wind blowing sand, dust or pollen around more than usual. However, dust can become a real health issue in workplaces where the activities of the business itself result in high levels of dust and fine airborne particles (particulates) being created. This type of air pollution can lead to a significant decrease in air quality, and prolonged exposure can lead to conditions including coughs, wheeziness and headaches. Dealing with dust is usually straightforward, but first you need to identify whether or not you have a problem and this is where dust monitoring and indoor environmental testing come in to play.
If you work in an organisation which has any type of water system, including hot and cold water systems, showers, spa pools, air conditioning units or cooling towers, then there should be someone in your company who is designated as the responsible person for legionella control. This role can be an onerous one depending on the size and complexity of the buildings and water systems at your place of work. The role typically involves assessing the risks and putting in to place procedures and systems for the control of Legionella bacteria, the microorganism which can cause Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal lung infection.
Most organisations are keen to take steps to control the growth of micro-organisms which can flourish inside closed circuit water systems, including closed heating and cooling systems. Controlling the growth of bacteria in such closed circuit systems can also help to prevent the build-up of biofilm on the inside of pipe surfaces. It will also help limit the bacterial breakdown of any corrosion inhibitor chemicals that have been added to the water in the system.
If your steam boiler or hot water heating systems are not running at optimum efficiency then you could be wasting more money than you think. Inefficient boilers and poorly performing heating systems can result in higher fuel costs, lower thermal performance, more down-time and increased maintenance bills. However, it is possible to improve performance and reduce these costs by improving the quality of the water which feeds into your boiler system. This is can be done using specialist boiler water treatment chemicals or some other way of purifying the water. In low pressure boilers, water purification and pre-treatment would usually involve ion-exchange. However, with high pressure boilers where the pressures required in the boiler are significantly higher, the quality of the boiler feed water needs to be much better, and this can be achieved using a reverse osmosis (RO) pre-treatment process.
It probably comes as no surprise that most of us in Western Europe and North America spend around 90% of our time inside, whether at home or work. The air we breathe inside our buildings can have a huge effect on our general health and wellbeing. You’ve probably read about the issues surrounding indoor air quality and the phenomenon of Sick Building Syndrome or SBS. This is where people working or living in a certain space find that they develop a range of symptoms such as a cough, headaches, dizziness or fatigue and those symptoms tend to disappear when they leave that environment.
Is testing water for lead a good idea? Well… whilst in the UK we are lucky enough to have a safe supply of drinking water people still worry about all sorts of contaminants getting into their water supply. One of those contaminants is lead, and it can cause very real health issues in humans if it’s not detected and dealt with properly.
This short article is about the treatment of wastewater. Wastewater treatment describes the process used to convert wastewater or sewage, water that has been used in some form of process and has become contaminated making it unsuitable for further use, or water that is no longer required into an effluent that can be either returned safely to the water cycle with minimal environmental issues or reused for either industrial or domestic consumption.
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Water Treatment Services is a leading independent UK water treatment and environmental services company providing expert advice and engineering support solutions across our specialist disciplines of water, wastewater, air, energy and legionella.
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