We have put together 4 Hacks that we feel are a must to consider.
Do you have the legal responsibly to manage your water systems at your plant, Pay the company to who manages your water systems..your title maybe Facilities Manager, Head of Operations, Director of Estates, Procurement Manager, whatever your title you need to read these Hacks. Over the years we have gained some valuable skills and we are sharing them with you in 4 simple Water Management Hacks.
Is your water system is running efficiently – checking could save you £££s in water and fuel.
Want to know how?
∙ Make sure you are only blowing down (bleeding) the minimum amount of water to maintain the system safely. Every litre of water you waste has been dosed with chemicals which you are also wasting.
∙ For cooling systems – regularly check the LSI of your cooling system water (https://www.lenntech.com/calculators/langelier/index/langelier.htm) and optimise it by tweaking your water treatment.
∙ Use live and graphical data to understand where you could make efficiency improvements and savings – it’s easy to do.
∙ Measure corrosion rates – if the water is corrosive it’s better to know now instead of waiting for the corrosion to appear.
∙ Check the quality of condensate return in your steam system. It’s the easiest way to know your steam quality is good and keep your condensate system healthy.
Is your water system clean?
∙ Having your system cleaned? Why not inspect the system afterwards just to make sure? Photos are great but if it’s your responsibility, inspections are better.
∙ What is an acceptable level of cleanliness? How clean does your system have to be? The HSE guidance (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/hsg274part1.pdf) has simple, helpful advice to guide you.
∙ Is your water treatment programme keeping the system as clean as possible? Have you considered filtration? This can make all the difference.
Is your water treatment programme cost effective?
Water treatment is an investment you need to make to stay safe and compliant. But is it costing more than it should?
∙ Is your water treatment programme cost effective? Water treatment is an investment you need to make to stay safe and compliant. But is it costing more than it should.
· Do you need all those expensive chemicals? If the system is not running efficiently (see HACK 1), you could be using more than you need to.
∙ Are you getting everything you are paying for from you Water Management Company? Do you understand the various elements of your programme and their costs? Are there any hidden costs? It’s always worth reviewing to make sure.
· Are you paying a low cost but getting a ‘cheap’ service? Is it worth investing more and getting the benefit of a quality service?
Choose your water treatment / water management service provider carefully.
∙ Before making your choice of water treatment service provider, meet the people who will be coming to your site to help you (not the sales department). Do they have the experience and skills you need?
∙ Which is better, a large corporation or a smaller local company? Each has its benefits.
∙ Get references from their other customers, maybe even meet them. Good service providers will have the reputation you are looking for.
∙ Once you choose a service provider, make sure your expectations are met and they keep their promises. You are the customer and the safety of your systems is always your responsibility. Don’t accept poor service!
You are relying on their expertise (and paying a premium for it)
What to do if you discover you have legionella?
∙ Don’t Panic and Don’t Rush – you need to be quick, but rushing can cost you
∙ Check the level of the positive result and look at your legionella risk assessment plan
∙ Talk to the right people – Approach your water treatment company. But, also talk to people you trust and ask them if they can refer you on to a company that can help you
∙ Confidentiality – share all the information you have with your water treatment company. Don’t hold anything back when you’re talking to the professionals as they need to know everything in order to help you
∙ Update your records – document what you’re doing and what you’ve done to resolve the problem