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Water treatment: why and how?
07/12/2010 - There are literally dozens of water treatment technologies available in the market. Melinda Lumb
It can be confusing to try and identify the best solution for your project, as almost of of the technologies available are 'good', however they do need to be applied correctly, or they may not work at all.
For a water treatment system to be truly effective, you first need to consider what has to be done with the water: does it need to be cleaned for safe discharge (to sewer or the environment) or can it be treated and recycled within the business; perhaps for irrigation, toilet flushing or vehicle and equipment wash down?
Then you need to consider what's in the water to be treated? What are the contaminants and what levels need to be reached? Almost all contaminants can be removed from water but various level requirements and contaminant types may increase the cost of your project. So it's important to know what's essential and what would be nice to do.
Then finally, what are your flow rates? How much water needs to be managed through the treatment system? Even the most sophisticated system in the world won't treat water that's coming through at a rate beyond what it's been designed to manage.