Hardness is a common water quality issue that does not pose any direct human health risks. The minerals found in hard water—typically calcium and magnesium—have no ill health effects to speak of.
New technologies provide options to combat hard water
California State Assembly Bill 1366, signed into law by then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, allows cities and counties to adopt ordinances banning the sale of water softeners and prohibiting the use of water softeners previously purchased by residents. This passage cast a pall over the 2009 and 2010 Pacific Water Quality Assn. (PWQA) conventions as the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee anticipated softener bans throughout the state.
Associations join forces to oppose new softener law
Commercial softening provides a significant opportunity to well-grounded water improvement professionals. It requires a special skill set, similar to residential applications, but at an elevated and more detailed level. While the troubleshooting and repair methods may be more sophisticated, the basics are the same.
System configuration is more critical and variable, allowing for a wider variety of possible solutions. Choose wisely, as the cost of poor initial system selection will be exacerbated over the life of the equipment. The least expensive option is almost never the best.
Selecting the right system for the application
In the May 2007 issue, we primarily examined how automatic water softeners operate and discussed many of the potential solutions to operational challenges. Observation, documentation and testing were noted as the most important starting points.
In this issue, we will further discuss specific problem areas and how to overcome them systematically.
We will continue where we left off, with brine concentration and contact issues.
Overview of problem areas and how to overcome them systematically
Exploring the benefits of softening
Commercial water softener malfunctions are generally very similar to residential problems. Don’t let the size of the system scare you off from what can be very profitable repair service work. Many dealers are intimidated by a 48-in. diameter softener leaving a vacuum that can be filled by competent service companies in a less competitive atmosphere. Market conditions make commercial service repair work in higher demand and repair rates should be commensurated with this increased need.
Meeting the needs of your customer
Hard water in restaurant applications causes aesthetic spotting problems in addition to the inherent financial burdens.
Meeting Restaurants’ Water Needs
When it comes to keeping their big rigs clean and sparkling, most truck drivers are as particular about a good wash as any car owner might be—maybe even more particular considering the dollars some have wrapped up in their 18-wheelers. Owners of large vehicle fleets such as buses and delivery trucks seem to appreciate the value a clean machine has in properly projecting their corporate image. During winter months in many northern states, just cleaning off road salt and sand is imperative to vehicle maintenance.
Big Rigs Come Clean Using Treated Water