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With New ZLD System, Bushmills Ethanol Expects to Shrink Water Usage

reposted from West Central Tribune ATWATER – Bushmills Ethanol is helping lower the bar, and in this case, that’s a very good thing. The Atwater plant has joined the growing number of ethanol producers in the country reducing the water they use, and shrinking their environmental footprint by doing so. Bushmills Ethanol on February 28th began operating a newly installed zero liquid discharge [...]

U.S. Water Issued Third Patent for pHytOUT® Deposit Control Technology

U.S. Water announces the issuance of its third United States patent – covering the use of pHytOUT – in ethanol production. A common problem for ethanol producers is the formation of scale forming deposits in ethanol processing equipment. These deposits impede heat transfer and flow and compromise the proper operation of mechanical devices used in ethanol processing. U.S. Water’s pHytOUT [...]

Using Boiler Inspections To Diagnose Deficiencies Before They Cause Problems

Boilers can be dangerous if not inspected and maintained properly. Each year, countless accidents, breakdowns and unnecessary shutdowns occur among industrial boilers. While boiler safety devices are designed to prevent dangerous conditions from elevating into disasters, only proper boiler maintenance prevents the development of dangerous operating conditions in the first place by finding deficiencies before they [...]

Cooling Tower Toads Significantly Reduce Corrosion During Layup

Every year the cooling system for an industrial plant providing comfort cooling was shutdown and drained for the winter months. Historically, during this shutdown period the cooling water piping and equipment would experience severe corrosion. During start-up of the cooling system the next spring, iron flakes would peel off the piping plugging strainers and heat transfer equipment. This would interfere with the [...]

Automation in Cooling Towers Reduces Water & Saves Hospital Thousands

With the State of California initiative to reduce water usage by 20% by the year 2020, many plants are focusing their responsibility to become a more environmentally friendly facility. One such facility included a large California hospital seeking to reduce the water treatment costs for their HVAC system. The hospital has three (3) individual cooling tower systems that service three (3) centrifugal chillers which [...]

Reduce Operating Costs Using Industrial Cooling Tower Automation

Efficiency, sustainability and conservation are all topics that must be considered in today’s business regardless of the industry. At the core of many businesses utility operations are cooling requirements that call for the use of a cooling tower. If allowed to operate in an uncontrolled environment, the water and energy efficiencies in cooling towers can be costly. Furthermore, an uncontrolled cooling tower [...]

Bacteria Prevention in High Purity Water Systems, Part 3

SANITIZATION USP recommends the installation of “corrective facilities” in piping systems as a way to handle bacteria levels in water systems. These would include “access to the system for sanitization or introduction of steam, ozonation, chlorinators, storage at elevated temperatures”, etc. This is mostly commonly needed for smaller less advanced manufacturing facilities or highly regulated [...]

Bacteria Prevention in High Purity Water System, Part 2

SYSTEM DESIGN & BACTERIA PREVENTION Identifying and treating potential problems of bacteria formation once a system is operational can be much more difficult than addressing them during the system design. Bacteria ultimately grows by feeding off of nutrients in a system and water is a great medium for bacteria to grow since it can be a significant source of nutrients. Therefore, to prevent growth of bacteria [...]

Bacteria Prevention in High Purity Water System, Part 1

Maintaining a consistent level of quality is the goal of any process and high purity water system is no exception. Industries such as biopharmaceutical, electronics, manufacturers, hospitals, laboratories, power generators and many others require ultrapure or deionized water in their manufacturing and research. These high purity water systems must be exceedingly reliable in their ability to meet the quality [...]

The High Cost of Corrosion: Is Your Plant At Risk, Part 2

UNIFORM CORROSION is characterized by a corrosive attack occurring evenly over the entire surface area of a large fraction of the total area. General thinning takes place until failure. On the basis of tonnage wasted, this is the most important form of corrosion. However, uniform corrosion is fairly easily measured and predicted, making disastrous failures relatively rare. The breakdown of protective [...]

The High Cost of Corrosion: Is Your Plant At Risk, Part 1

Corrosion is a naturally occurring phenomenon commonly defined as the deterioration of a substance (usually a metal) or its properties because of a reaction with its environment. Corrosion can cause dangerous and expensive damage to water and wastewater systems, pipelines, bridges and public buildings costing the U.S. according to a current corrosion study approximately $276 billion on an annual basis. Fortunately, [...]

U.S. Water Expands National Territory

U.S. Water is pleased to announce the addition of RealChem Northwest, Inc and the Mt. Hood Solutions Water Treatment Division – formerly a Swisher Hygiene Company – into the U.S. Water family. RealChem Northwest, Inc is a provider of water treatment in the Northwestern United States. Formerly a distributor for Wellons Water Technology (also a U.S. Water company), RealChem was founded in 1999 and [...]