When it comes to industrial water treatment, plants have many struggles to deal with, but there are three main problem areas. These problem areas make it difficult to effectively treat water. Below we’ll look at the problem areas and why they can affect water treatment.
- Corrosion: Corrosion is the first problem area in industrial water treatment. This happens when metal oxidizes. Besides the fact that it compromises the equipment’s integrity, it can form some solid deposits inside water. It also can create leaks. If the water’s stored in a system that’s pressurized, leaks can lead to large amounts of damage.
- Microbes: The second problem area in industrial water treatment is microbes. In cooling water that’s untreated, microbes will thrive. A lot of organic nutrients and warm temperatures create microorganism breeding grounds. It’s essential to use biocides for killing dangerous bacteria which are also safe for the humans.
- Scaling: The final problem area for industrial water treatment is scaling. There are many dissolved materials in water, such as magnesium and calcium. When the temperatures are wrong and the chemical reactions are just right, these dissolved materials will harden, forming solid deposits upon metal surfaces. This insulates and prevents necessary heat exchanges in between the water and the boiler.
These are the three problem areas that industrial water treatment plants have to deal with. There are things that the plants can do to help with combating these problems, but they will always exist, and they will always be areas of concern when it comes to industrial water treatment.