Chemical Water Treatment Needs for Commercial Buildings
Chemical Water Treatment for Commercial Buildings
This post will review the basics of chemical water treatment needs and safety considerations for Commercial Buildings.
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Use of Cooling Towers and Chillers in Commercial Buildings
Commercial buildings use cooling towers and chillers to control the temperature of the interior of offices and publicly accessible buildings. As high-impact components to the overall comfort cooling system, cooling towers and chillers need to be well-maintained in order to operate efficiently with minimal water and energy waste.
Water Treatment Needs for Cooling Towers and Chillers
Green certification for buildings is growing in importance as buildings look to create differentiation, cost savings, and attract tenants that desire spaces that are considered “green”. Because of this, achieving LEED certification brings building savings, competitive edge and financial benefits. Buildings pursuing LEED certification can earn a LEED point by reducing potable water consumption for cooling towers operation and maintenance.
Implementing or applying changes to the water treatment plan for cooling towers and chillers is often an effective way to earn this LEED point. Moving to concentrated chemicals, for instance, helps with water conservation and requires smaller amounts of dangerous treatment chemical to be transported and installed. This is a critical safety point, as many commercial buildings have water treatment rooms in high traffic, tight quarter areas. Many buildings have mechanical rooms in areas next to public offices or common areas, introducing risk to bring drums of hazardous materials through public spaces. Using smaller chemical containers with less water content brings benefits in safety, savings, and LEED point earnings.
Chemical Water Treatment for Cooling Towers and Chillers
There are multiple chemical options for cooling tower and chiller treatment. Historically, chemical was often delivered to a treatment room pre-mixed in large 55 gallon drums. However, this created great risk of chemical exposure to technicians, high logistics costs in transporting full drums, required excessive floor space for storage, and necessitates drum cleaning and careful removal when chemicals need restocking. This is especially so in commercial buildings with small treatment rooms, and with treatment rooms that are near public areas or tight walkways, where risk of accidental chemical exposure is heightened.
Today, water treatment is now more safe and efficient thanks to ultra concentrated liquid chemical water treatment options. Similarly to the revolution that the laundry detergent industry faced, ultra concentrated water treatment options allow for smaller containers, less water wasted in pre-mixing, and more efficient use of chemical.
To learn more about LiquiLogic ultra concentrated liquid chemical water treatment products for cooling towers and chiller units, visit the Products page.