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.
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
On Sept. 22, 2011, TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation in Grayslake, Ill., initiated a pilot test to study the effectiveness of HydroFlow’s water conditioning technology on its canine therapy pools. TOPS is in the business of veterinary rehabilitation, and one of the treatment options it often employs is hydro-treadmill therapy. The facility has two 1,000-gal therapy pools supported by a large, pool-sized sand filtration system, a dual-speed filtration pump and a booster pump for the jets.
Veterinary facility rehabs canine therapy pools with new treatment system
Scale not only clogs pipes and destroys valves, it also consumes energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012, more than 10% of the energy consumed in a home goes toward heating water.
Many consumers use energy-efficient products to save money. What many do not know is that energy-saving efforts can be negated if they have hard water and do not address scale.
Developing a consistent standard for energy-saving anti-scale devices
The Greenfield Village mixed-use community, located at the southern end of the Salinas Valley in Greenfield, Calif., experienced significant problems caused by limescale buildup inside its 128 apartments’ water heaters and recirculation pumps. In the four years since the apartment complex was built, limescale buildup was so aggressive that many of the water heaters and recirculation pumps failed. The complex’s owners faced a minimum cost of $600,000 to replace the equipment.
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Conditioning system helps apartment complex increase energy efficiency
Going green is all the rage these days. Whether it is constructing a wind farm, installing solar energy panels on a roof or simply switching to CFL light bulbs in a home, Americans are finding ways to tap renewable resources and conserve energy.
The push for energy conservation is good news for the water quality industry: The Water Quality Research Foundation Energy Savings Study showed that using softened water in a home improves energy efficiency and can save homeowners money on heating costs.
ClearTAC uses template-assisted crystallization to reduce the formation of hard water deposits. It can be used where conventional water softeners are banned. No chemicals or salts are needed, and there is no brine discharge. The system uses long-lasting media and is virtually maintenance free. Carbon reduces or eliminates chlorine taste and odor, while beneficial minerals remain in the water. The system passes the W-512 standard for physical water treatment devices, and two independent lab tests confirmed results of 90% or more effectiveness in reduction of scale buildup.
New system for commercial applications will become available later this year
Pentair Residential Filtration LLC, a subsidiary of Pentair Inc., launched its new electronic water purification system to the North American water industry today at the WQA Aquatech USA 2012 tradeshow. It is built around a hybrid deionization (DI) process using Pentair and Voltea technologies to combine the benefits of reverse osmosis (RO) filtration with those of a water softener without requiring salt as a regenerant.
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