Volunteers are needed to assist with expanding the scope of the S-803 product standard
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) are preparing to expand the scope of product standard WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems to include water softeners and ion exchange resin (IER) media. As part of this effort, the organizations are seeking volunteers to assist with drafting the environmental criteria for these additional product types.
AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking
Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.
The ScaleNet anti-scale water conditioning system eliminates hard water scale with virtually no homeowner maintenance, no salt additives and no electricity. The system prevents destructive scale build-up on pipe, valves and other plumbing system components using template-assisted crystallization technology, which attracts hardness minerals and converts them into harmless particles that float freely through the system.
The Clearion 2300 Duplex multiple tank system assures you have soft water 24 hours every day—even during the regeneration process. One tank is always in service while the other tank is either on standby or regenerating. This system is ideal for households with larger families, multiple bathrooms and showers that are used often every day. The Duplex is recommended for where treated water needs to be delivered at all times of the day.
Nicknamed the “digital selection guide,” the Pentair Filters app allows water treatment professionals to easily search for cartridges that fit a customer’s water needs. Dealers can search by application type, pipe size and the impurities the customer wants eliminated.
The eco-friendly Elements Series RevV4 high-efficiency water softener system uses the RevV4 control valve with upflow regeneration and high-efficiency media that reduce water and salt usage during regeneration by up to 30%. This results in cash savings for customers, fewer system regenerations and water conservation. The system is available in 32,000- to 80,000-grain models.
The body of a water softener is a tank filled with resin beads; these beads are covered with sodium ions. As hard water passes through, the resin beads act like a magnet, attracting the calcium and magnesium ions (hardness) in exchange for the sodium ions. Eventually the resin beads become saturated with mineral ions and have to be “recharged.” This process is called regeneration and is conducted by the control valve on the top of the tank. The control valve is the brain of the system.
Fluid Dynamics salt-free water conditioners protect the environment from harm
The owners of a new 82-room facility were looking for an alternative to the conventional methods they had been using to prevent scale buildup at their other hotels. For example, at a similar-sized property. $300 to $400 per month were being spent on salt for an ion exchange water softener. This Candlewood Suites has three water heaters, and it was specifically water heaters that had caused the owners significant problems at their other properties.
In my first article, “Traditional Treatment Methods” (June 2014), I touched on traditional methods of residential water treatment and conditioning such as water softeners, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet systems.
Study finds success with alternative water conditioning systems