Residential system treats and conditions water without using salt
Wednesday, March 7, at WQA Aquatech 2012, RainSoft introduced a new residential water treatment system. The system will offer consumers the water treatment benefits of a reverse osmosis system combined with the hardness removal of a water conditioner, without requiring salt.
“The water treatment industry hasn’t seen a major advancement like this in years,” said Andrew Palframan, vice president of RainSoft. “Imagine offering customers the enjoyment of great-tasting, bottle-quality water throughout their entire home. Our new water treatment system is one-of-a-kind in the industry.”
Product uses nano-silver technology to purify water
Rocky Mountain Survival co-founder Tim Shettlesworth announced the addition of the PurifiCup to the company's line of emergency preparedness equipment and custom survival kits. The PurifiCup is a new personal water treatment and purification system that is completely portable and is the first of its kind to use nano-silver technology.
"The PurifiCup is unmatched in the industry," Shettlesworth said. "It is one of the best innovations to come out of the industry in a long time and we are gratified that we can offer it as part of our custom emergency preparedness line."
Water supplies can contain living organisms such as bacteria, protozoa, worms, viruses and fungi. When these organisms are the sources of diseases, they are known as pathogens.
Pathogens can lead to infectious diseases such as typhoid fever, dysentery, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, cholera, jaundice, hepatitis, undulant fever and tularemia, making the water supply unsafe for human consumption. Disinfection plays a key part in turning non-potable water into water that is microbiologically safe to drink.
Eliminating pathogens to protect human health
Commercial reverse osmosis (RO) systems encompass a wide variety of applications. Some applications, such as metal plating or boiler feed water, require pure water with low dissolved solids. Other applications, in which a higher dissolved solids content is acceptable, such as car wash or drinking water applications, need to produce as much water as possible, or just enough water at the lowest cost possible.
Each of these categories presents unique challenges to commercial OEMs to configure systems that reduce the total water cost (TWC) to their customers.
New RO elements can lower total water costs
With the increasing scarcity of clean water and growing popularity of rainwater harvesting, potable rainwater use is inevitable. It is often the cleanest feedstock for the production of drinking water, since it has fewer contaminants than surface water or groundwater in most cases. The main concern with making rainwater potable is the possibility that harmful microbes could be present.
From traditional to cutting edge, rainwater disinfection technologies abound
As its traditional ion exchange process grew more expensive for perchlorate treatment, the West Valley Water District (WVWD) sought change with a new bioremediation plant. Assistant General Manager Thomas J. Crowley, P.E., recently discussed making the switch with WQP Managing Editor Rebecca Wilhelm.
Rebecca Wilhelm:What conditions necessitated the new plant?
Giving customers value is what most retailers and wholesalers are doing during the economic slump. With rising costs for products and shipping, it is difficult to maintain sales and acquire profits. Cutting costs without cutting corners can be difficult as well. Sizing a water system and applying the correct treatment system can be a daunting task because salespeople must take into consideration that the customer wants the best possible water treatment at the lowest possible cost.
Providing the right solution at a good value while maintaining profit margins
Over the years, the term “environmentalism” has morphed through various phases and subcategories, creating a whole new paradigm that confuses most of the general population. To the average person, terms such as environmentalism, “environmentally friendly,” “sustainable” and “green” seem to be used interchangeably. The director of the Green Business League, Michael Richmond, described the muddled understanding of these terms as “that ugly green color that we made in kindergarten when we slurred all the colors into one big blob.”
Sorting through environmental terminology
Industrial fluid processing operations can face a number of serious problems due to bacterial biofilms. Biofilm-induced corrosion, mechanical blockages and impedance of heat transfer processes result in huge monetary losses each year. In engineered systems, additional risks of biofilm-mediated contamination include negative public health consequences and product spoilage. This article addresses aspects of biofilm control strategies for industrial processes and introduces a promising disinfectant.
Overview of Biofilms
Effectively controlling tough biofilms
Al Lozier, CWS-VI, CI, CSR, learned the ropes of a running a successful water dealership from the ground up. He began selling residential filtration systems in 1988, and when his employer offered him the opportunity to start a satellite office the following year, Lozier gladly accepted. The result: Fresh KC Water, Shawnee, Kan.
“We wanted to be the different water treatment dealer—Water Quality Assn. trained, approaching the customer from the service side instead of the sales side and offering products that fit the customer, not the dealership,” Lozier said.
Water dealer builds his business on careful customer service