Lowering costs of commercial water treatment
Optimization and preventive maintenance for existing commercial water treatment systems aren’t always high-priority when a company’s system appears to function normally. Just because “this is the way it’s always worked” doesn’t mean that’s the best way economically.
Lowering the cost of commercial water treatment
We optimized the commercial water treatment system for a global manufacturer of high-level communication systems, resulting in an increase in performance and productivity and an overall decrease in manufacturing costs.
Secondwind’s certified water professionals approach commercial jobs understanding that even though something is working without issue, there may still be an opportunity to improve the system. Often, when we’re brought into a new project, we find that the customer is content with the way things are working with their existing commercial water treatment system. Very often, once our team learns more about the company’s processes and needs, we determine their system could be doing a lot more to serve them.
For example, we found two major aspects of the manufacturer’s system that weren’t being properly managed by their existing water treatment company.
As part of their manufacturing process, the manufacturer uses deionized (DI) water. DI water has no minerals in it. It is very expensive to produce because of the process involved in removing the minerals. Their water treatment system was producing the DI water they needed, but it was costing them a lot of money.
First issue: their system did not have water quality monitors following each stage of treatment. Since DI water involves a multi-stage treatment approach, if one stage fails, the other stages must work harder to compensate.
Second issue: the reverse osmosis system that preceded the DI exchange tanks wasn’t working properly because its membranes were being damaged by chlorinated water.
Secondwind made two important adjustments to their water treatment system:
- Installing new water quality monitors for each stage of treatment.
- Adding a dichlorination stage prior to the reverse osmosis system.
These adjustments improved the reverse osmosis process and extended the life of the RO membranes and exchange tanks. Their commercial water treatment system is much more reliable and consistent, and the overall improvement in performance significantly reduced the costs involved in producing DI water.
Preventive maintenance for commercial water systems
If water quality is essential to the success of your business, maintaining your commercial water treatment system is critical. Water treatment systems work mechanically, chemically and biologically. Routine monitoring of water treatment systems can detect changes that would result in failure if not attended to. Consistent and reliable water treatment is not just about the mechanics, it’s also about the chemistry.
Although ongoing monitoring and maintenance is essential to the proper functioning and longevity of a commercial water treatment system, most of our commercial customers simply lack the time to worry about this. For this reason, Secondwind Water Systems offers preventive maintenance programs for all of its commercial customers.
Annual Contract Preventive Maintenance
This program monitors the mechanical and chemical operation of your water treatment system—from water source to tap—to keep the system running properly all year. The program includes:
- 1-4 inspections per year (according to the needs of your site)
- Addition of salt to softeners and chlorine to day tanks
- Cartridge changes
- Discount on labor and materials for any required repairs
- Pre-scheduled preventive maintenance
Our other preventive maintenance program offers the same services as the Annual Contract Preventive Maintenance program, minus the labor and materials discount.
Benefits of preventive maintenance programs
- Ensures you’ll always have the quality water your business needs to succeed
- Extends the life of your commercial water treatment system investment
- Can reduce the cost of service and repairs
Contact one of our certified water specialists and learn how to optimize or maintain your existing commercial water treatment system.