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How to Make the Right Call When Ordering Glycol?
In the Midwest many facilities rely on glycol as a heat transfer fluid that also provides freeze protection. Ordering and receiving a glycol delivery should be a fairly straightforward and easy process; however, it does take some insight and planning to avoid complications. 

A story about a contractor who made the wrong call when ordering glycol.
We recently had a contractor place a bulk delivery order for glycol. Read more...


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September 20 – WaterWorks! Our Annual Symposium and Open House
GREENFIELD, WI

Water is vital in industry and a limited resource, making it a hot topic as we begin to face shortages and other issues related to water quality. At this year's Symposium we will examine some of the current trends in industrial water including, improving safety, meeting stricter discharge regulations, and ways to reduce usage. 

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BOILER

Experts suggest that some steam boilers are safer than others, not simply based on physics, but on physical design and how that affects a range of everyday, routine operations. Read more...

COOLING

Michigan's Health Department notes there has been a 26 percent jump in Legionnaires' cases compared to a year ago. The health department is saying that the spike matches a national trend.  Read more...

WASTEWATER

A New York company has developed technology that increases the amount of water that can be treated at one time while requiring less energy. This could revolutionize the way wastewater is processed. Read more...

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Produce farmers are looking at better water treatment for overhead irrigation to reduce bacterial presence. About 200 people were sickened in the recently ended E. coli outbreak.   Read more...

SUSTAINABILITY

When water is low, find icebergs to tow. The United Arab Emirates is planning to tackle water shortages by towing freshwater icebergs 6,000 miles so the water can be used for drinking, agriculture and wastewater management. Read more...

RESEARCH

Most systems to split water into its components - hydrogen and oxygen - require two catalysts, one to spur a reaction to separate the hydrogen and a second to produce oxygen. A new catalyst performs both functions.  Read more...



 
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Meet the Team – Employee spotlight: Dave Kerr – Applications Specialist. 
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Tufts University School of Medicine found that more than 617,000 hospitalizations from 1991 to 2006 were related to three common opportunistic waterborne pathogens. 
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Meet the Team – Employee spotlight: Jon Tiegs, Vice President. 
Download the annual surveys from the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network. 
CMS says WMP's are necessary to be compliant. 
CMS Memo to State Survey Directors 
This toolkit is designed to help people understand which buildings and devices need a Legionella water management program to reduce the risk for Legionnaires’ disease. 
3 Key factors to consider when feeding an emulsion polymer. 
Legionaires' Disease – A problem for health care facilities. 
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When you see CWT you have one of the industry’s best working for you. 
Certified Water Technologists Code of Ethics 
AWT Environmental Statement
AWT Environmental Statement The Association of Water Technologies (AWT) is an association of over 500 U.S. and international water treatment companies that provide water treatment programs for many diverse institutional, commercial and industrial water users. 
An article from Forbes addressing the importance of water to utility industry executives. 
A guide describing a process for assuring that building design intention matches actual energy consumption. 
Map of the U.S. identifying the hardness of water in milligrams per liter in specific locations. 
Guidelines to improve boiler performance allowing you to achieve more cost effective maintenance of a steam system. 
Five examples of how a plate heat exchanger can provide benefits for process heating applications. 
Legionella guide from the World Health Organization. 
Environmental Protection Agency rules governing large and small boilers used at area source facilities. 
Causes and solutions to fouling in heat exchangers.  
Strategies to optimize heat exchanger efficiency. 
Identifying problems that a good water management system can control. 
Boiler logging will reduce accidents, downtime, and equipment loss. 
Scale in boiler water systems is a very common issue. Consult with water treatment specialists to treat and prevent it.  
A list of instrument readings to be taken daily and recorded in your boiler log. 
Energy management basics that should be a part of your everyday checklist routine. 
Partial listing of sizing and installation highlights for steam pressure system safety valves. 
Guide to achieving 50% energy savings toward a net-zero energy building. 
A guide to understanding chemical water treatment in cooling and boiler water systems. 
A brief guide to better understanding boiler water conductivity. 
Information for proper fall shutdown of cooling equipment. 
Decrease your energy costs by using these proven effective guidelines. 
Solutions for water use and energy reduction in order to increase your bottom line and protect the environment. 
Ideas to limit water use in ethanol production utilizing a "reduce, reuse, recycle" frame of mind. 
Understanding our water footprint in order to better conserve water. 
Filtration using step-down particle retention can help reduce operating costs and achieve cleaner solutions. 
Innovative chemistries, optimization of systems and water conservation as these topics relate to scale, corrosion and microbiological prevention. 
Benefits of online benchmarking systems for facilities management. 
Knowing the cost of steam to improve your bottom line. 
Understanding energy metrics to limit energy use. 
New ways to save water in dairy processing. 
Energy reduction strategies for optimizing your bottom line. 
Five helpful tips for integrating environment, health and safety into company culture. 
Different selections of pumps for boiler water applications. 
Reduce your blowdown need to zero and cycle water without limit. 
Identifying key components of the boiler system and how water chemistry relates to Key Performance Indicators.  
Piping dead-legs, source of plant maintenance and safety incidents. 
Necessary steps that need to be taken prior to starting boilers after a lay-up period. 
Ice control and different ice formations in various types of cooling towers. 
Important connections and opportunities between water and energy. 
Guidelines for maintaining optimal water quality in evaporation cooling equipment. 
A checklist for monthly cooling tower maintenance. 
Table of conversion factors. 
10 ways that you can save time and money, prevent litigation and illness, and maybe even save a life as they relate to Legionella.  
Free cooling helps you reduce refrigeration energy consumption by using evaporative cooling equipment to produce chilled water in cool weather. 
Explaining the different types of boiler logs, what these logs can tell you, and who is all responsible for these logs. 
Benefits of using liquid polymers in water-treatment applications and accommodating their unique characteristics. 
Criteria you should consider when evaluating your next cooling tower purchase. 
Tips from Chemical Processing to make fullest use of its hot water, and thus cutting energy consumption. 
Part 1 - Describing some potentially catastrophic events that power and recovery boilers are prone to if not properly maintained. 
Part 2 - Describing some potentially catastrophic events that power and recovery boilers are prone to if not properly maintained. 
Part 3 - Describing some potentially catastrophic events that power and recovery boilers are prone to if not properly maintained. 
General water management guide for facility managers. 
Strategies for reducing energy savings in large office buildings by up to 50%. 
Sustainable and operational benefits of molded, HDPE cooling towers. 
Maintenance requirements to prevent scale from occurring in your boiler. 
Optimization efforts taken by several chemical manufacturers to reduce their water footprint.  
Understanding the key components of cooling towers and how to improve water efficiency. 
How to prevent/minimize Legionella in your water systems. 
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How to manage your cooling system when results are out of range.  
Advancements and innovations in water treatment equipment and controllers make life easier, but more importantly, provide ways to achieve better and more accurate results. 
When boiler water turns to steam solids are left behind. Bottom blowdown and surface blowdown are two methods to reduce solids and help maintain your system. 
Side stream filtration is an important but often overlooked component of an effective cooling water treatment program. 
January is a great time to reassess business strategies and include some water treatment resolutions that could improve the health of your company. 
Biocides can be used for many applications including healthcare, food & beverage, industrial, and commercial. Choosing the proper disinfection technology is critical. 
Water and energy are very much interrelated and dependent upon one another, this co-dependency is called the Water-Energy Nexus. 
Are you considering a chemical-free, cooling water treatment solution? It is important to fully understand your system design and the unique characteristics of your application when making a decision. 
Being proactive and thorough in your approach to maintenance saves time and money in the long run.  
Canned Water for Kids (cW4K) is a great local charity that is making a global impact to help ensure all children have access to clean, safe drinking water. 
Ordering and receiving a glycol delivery should be a fairly straightforward and easy process; however, it takes some insight and planning to avoid complications.  
Making changes in how you use salt in your facility can help protect our fresh water resources, and potentially reduce your operating costs.  
Softeners are a critical component to the water treatment system. They help remove minerals to reduce scale and build-up in piping and heat transfer equipment. 
Sloppy sludge is a challenge in wastewater treatment. It pays to be informed on treatment equipment and how chemicals can impact this process. 
Having a team that has been trained in proper safety procedures and practices ensures not only their own safety, but also the safety of customers. 
The water characteristics of Waukesha’s existing water supply and Lake Michigan water are quite different and will require users to consider how they manage their boiler and cooling water water treatment.. 
Learning how to properly install and maintain your boiler conductivity electrode will help improve the performance of your boiler. 
A holiday blog highlighting 12 days of service in the water industry. Happy 2017. Thank you for your partnership. 
Have You Hugged Your Boiler Today?
How you maintain and operate your steam boiler has a direct effect on the amount of energy, water and chemicals it uses. 
Now is the time to ensure your system's HVAC coils are freeze protected and working properly. A frozen coil not only causes water damage, there is also the replacement cost and downtime for repairs when it is least convenient. 
This article outlines a few common problems that can damage or destroy a boiler. Providing proper water treatment and regular maintenance can help prolong equipment life.  
Industrial facilities use large amounts of fresh water. By reducing water usage, facilities also achieve reduced energy cost, chemical cost savings, and other benefits. 
While it is important to be compliant with the latest laws and regulations, the focal point of any effective Water Management Plan should put patient safety first.  
Sanitizers are required in food and beverage facilities. Choosing the right sanitizer can impact wastewater treatment.  
When a vendor relationship is built on trust, good communication, and a sincere investment in your business, it will drive meaningful value and a sustained competitive advantage. 
Choosing the right biocide saves money, by reducing downtime and maintenance costs, and increasing production efficiency.  
The time invested in preparation for cooling system start-up can pay big dividends later in the season. 
Proper preparation in the preseason is critical to ensure system efficiency, sustainability, and dependability. 
An effective employee training strategy can help employees be more productive, confident and boost moral. 
Bioaugmentation can be a game-changer for wastewater management, breaking down organic matter and cleaning up waste streams.  
A comparison of feedwater tanks and deaerators for storing and treating boiler feedwater. 
Waste-to-energy initiatives can greatly benefit communities by mitigating various environmental concerns like pathogen control, odor control, and groundwater contamination.  
A site audit can identify ways to reduce water, chemical, and energy usage.  
Watertech an Exhibitor at the 2016 WHEA Technical Exhibition
Watertech is an exhibitor at the 2016 WHEA Technical Exhibit in Green Bay 
Automation allows facility managers and water system operators to be more efficient.  
Driving down the cost of water through initiatives that reduce and recycle water is good for business and good for the environment.  
Lombardi Walk/Run To Tackle Cancer
Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer - Milwaukee 
Between the price volatility of water, a growing concern for freshwater supply, and the necessity of water use in production processes, maintenance, and human consumption, it can be difficult for business owners and facility managers to manage water use in a way that is both good for business and good for the environment.  
Are you showing your cooling tower the TLC it needs to be running at its peak performance efficiently? 
If proper care is not taken during the shutdown stage, these solids can settle out in drums and tubes and dry to a hard, tightly held deposit that could require chemical or severe mechanical cleaning. 
The CDP or Continuous Blowdown method of boiler layup consists of piping continuous surface blowdown from the operating boiler to the bottom of the stand-by boiler.  
Your water treatment specialist can help you determine what the maximum number of cycles is for your system. 
Your water treatment company can help you set surface blowdown conductivity control limits that maintain the dissolved solids in a safe, economical range. 
June 28th Symposium and Open House
On June 28th Watertech of America celebrated our first annual Symposium and Open House! 
Don’t be dissuaded by new regulations designed to reduce phosphorus in the Great Lakes Region watershed. Take a holistic wastewater management approach to meet discharge limits and keep you in regulatory compliance. 
Preferred method of performing the bottom blowdown. 
Increasing your feedwater temperature to above 180 degrees F will help reduce your chemical usage of oxygen scavenger, increase your efficiency and reduce thermal stress.  
Water treatment programs should maximize the frequency at which its water is cycled to prevent scaling.  
Hopefully you have been busy getting your cooling water systems ready for the demand of the coming months 
As the water evaporates in a cooling tower system, it leaves behind all of the dissolved solids that were present in the fresh makeup water used to replenish system losses 
What is a target temperature for your feedwater? 
It is well known that one of the greatest threats to the integrity of a steam system is corrosion due to the effects of dissolved oxygen. 
OSHA aligning their Hazard Communication System (HCS) with the UN's Globally Harmonized System (GHS) 
There are many people in the community that spend good parts of their day managing water. 
Before you fire up your boiler, there are some steps one should take to insure the boiler is functioning properly and efficiently. 
Shedding some light on the causes behind cooling water contamination 
Plant operators focus their attention on controlling scale and corrosion, but often neglect monitoring for microorganism growth and the accumulation of silt and other foulants.  
This blog, we will go deeper into discussion about each type of flocculants. 
Polymer flocculants, what are they? and what are they used for?