Three types of industrial water treatment

by | Aug 5, 2014 | Business

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There are three distinctly different industrial water treatment systems; boiler, cooling water and wastewater treatment. Industrial water treatment is of paramount importance for operating efficiency as well as to protect the health interests of all employees. In those situations where the company is producing goods which are water intensive, efficient and effective treatment is needed to make sure that the products are safe and effective.


The primary purposes of industrial water treatment systems are the management of wastewater disposal, scaling, corrosion and microbiological growth. Corrosion happens when metal, most often piping, begins to oxidize. In the case of carbon steel the resulting corrosion is rust. The degradation of the metal can be the source of blockages that impede the flow of water through the piping system and leaks, both of which contribute to major equipment malfunction.


Scaling is the term used when water borne minerals build up inside piping, this results in a thickening of the pipe wall and a reduction in the bore diameter.


Boiler industrial water treatment systems clean water both inside and outside the boiler. Boilers are devices that are used to heat water which in turn is used to heat the building or to provide hot water or steam for locomotion or the transfer of energy between mediums. Water treatment is necessary to protect the boiler from excessive corrosion and scaling, this in turn results in excellent performance and continuous heat exchange. External water treatment systems remove water impurities outside the boiler using evaporation or chemical treatment. On the other hand, internal water treatment in the boiler removes any impurities with chemical softeners, anti-scaling agents and other means.


Cooling water treatment is designed to cleanse the water used for cooling which helps to prevent corrosion and scaling as well as reduce the potential for the growth of microbes in the water. Water is used extensively in industry; it carries the heat from industrial processes. Industrial water treatment systems for cooling water rely extensively on chlorination to prevent microbial growth; cooling water also has to contain chemicals to combat corrosion and scaling as well as anti-foaming agents to prevent damage to water towers and piping.


Water which is contaminated by an industrial process must be treated before it is released into the environment or recycled for further use. There are industries such as agriculture, mining, textile, iron and steel that release many different harmful agents such as pesticides, oil, dyes, ammonia and many other harmful materials. Depending on the industry, there are a number of treatment tactics that are used.


Clack Corporation manufacture equipment used in industrial water treatment systems. The company manufactures brine and mineral tanks, control valves, filter media and various accessories.