If you attended the WQA Aquatech USA 2013 tradeshow in Indianapolis in April, you heard about many exciting topics, but probably none that have been in the works for as long as the septic study. After more than 10 years in the making, the Water Quality Research Foundation published results from the Environmental Impact Study that was funded to investigate the effects residential ion exchange water softeners may have on the performance of onsite septic tanks.
Septic study results show systems working together efficiently
The IQsoft Series of cabinet water softeners includes four models sized for installation in narrow locations. The timer can stay on the unit when the cover is removed, making it possible to test the control valve during maintenance. The series features an overflow elbow integrated into the cabinet body, a two-line backlit display and a salt reminder that displays when salt levels need to be checked.
IQsoft cabinet water softeners will be sold under the Erie Water Treatment Controls brand
Aquion Inc. announced the introduction of a new range of cabinet water softeners, the IQsoft series, that will be sold under the Erie Water Treatment Controls brand name.
Committee members suggest that the contribution of water softeners can be addressed first
Focusing on voluntary limits, the head of the Arizona Salinity Committee suggested last month that legislative solutions may not be attempted in the upcoming 2013 session.
Rep. Karen Fann, who spearheaded the creation of the committee, said she will only run a bill if there is a good product that has been vetted by all stakeholders and has enough support to have a 90% chance of passing. Otherwise, a bill should not be introduced until 2014, she said.
These developments came at a meeting of the Technical Advisory Subcommittee of the committee.
Purolite’s Web-based softening calculator estimates ion exchange resin requirements for hardness removal
Purolite has released a Web version of its proprietary softening calculator to the general public. This calculator estimates the ion exchange resin requirements for softening of ground, potable, process and wastewaters.
“This calculator is the second of a series of Web-based calculators we are releasing under our Puredesign family of calculators specific for ion exchange processes. This calculator enables the rapid calculation of ion exchange resin for softening and is extremely easy to use,” said Francis Boodoo, director of applied technologies for Purolite.
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.
This softener allows consumers to easily monitor and adjust water softness. It features the Custom Select blending valve, which adjusts water softness by turning a knob. SmartSoft technology “learns” water use patterns, ensuring soft water is available when needed, and the Salt Saver reduces salt use by up to 34%. The design includes an indicator that notifies users when salt is needed and a downward-angled salt refill opening for easier lifting and pouring of bagged salt.
The Water Quality Assn.’s Guidelines for Disinfection and Sanitization of Water Treatment Equipment recommend that equipment be disinfected every six months, when it is serviced, after installation and when there is a contamination issue with the source water. If water treatment equipment is not properly sanitized, bacteria can grow and multiply on the inside surfaces of tanks and hoses.
Options for sanitizing RO and softener equipment
While consumers and business owners are now more cautious and conscientious with their dollars than at any time in recent history, there are still significant opportunities in both residential and commercial water treatment. These opportunities rely on three important facts:
RO system’s results outweigh initial problems