Making Waves in Water Innovation

Gary Sewell, Head of Product and Services, Clearwater Technology explores the latest innovations designed to

help businesses, building owners and maintenance teams overcome their everyday water treatment challenges

Whether driving your operational processes in factory or industrial facility or working behind the scenes in any type of domestic or commercial building, water requires the right level of treatment to ensure safety, compliance and longevity in the water system. It’s believed that water treatment dates

back as far as 1500 BC when the ancient Egyptians applied alum to water as a purification method. Today, new innovations in water treatment are continually developed to satisfy a range of requirements, from increasing sustainability credentials to addressing water scarcity, improving safety and reliability of water systems and reducing the cost of operation. These goals can be achieved by engaging

with an experienced water treatment provider that can provide innovative and reliable products and services that can be tailored to your business. These solutions should ensure the longevity of your water assets, such as boilers, calorifiers, cooling towers and the wider water system. But the water treatment provider should also be able support your business in managing compliance obligations which can often be difficult to follow without external expertise.

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treatment measures that are implemented provide a financial benefit for the business, from reducing operational costs through reduced energy usage, maintenance and repair, to providing a return on investment (ROI) by minimizing further costs in water treatment itself. The chances are, if you’re switched on to

why water innovation matters, your business is itself an innovative one. It therefore makes sense to look for these shared qualities in the ethos of your water treatment provider. On top of innovation, this should include quality, sustainability, ethics and investment in people. But beyond these basic principles, you

should entrust your water management in a company that’s core business is built around extensive water services including water treatment, water hygiene, engineering services, legal compliance, air hygiene and effluent water management. A worthy water management provider

will be a leader in innovation. This will place your business at the forefront of water innovation. Here are four examples of recent water treatment innovations that your chosen provider should offer:

Gary Sewell. PTSA Tagging

Cooling towers can suffer from poor heat transfer, unexpected downtime or operational failure through the internal build-up of scale and corrosion. These can be avoided by dosing scale and corrosion inhibitors into the system. On top of optimising performance, this can also deliver cost savings. Typically, inhibitor dosing relies on pumps

activated by impulses from a water meter to deliver the chemicals into the system, yet this doesn’t guarantee stable inhibitor levels. Without stable inhibitor levels, the conductivity of the system water and the number of cycles of concentration can be affected by variations in make-up water quality, process contaminants, high organic loading and airborne contaminants being drawn into the system. However, recent developments incorporate PTSA fluorescent tracer

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