Process Water and Industrial Water

What is process and/or industrial water?

Process and industrial water is loosely defined as water used in industrial and manufacturing processes, this includes chemical processing, cooling towers, paper production, power generation, and oil and gas production.

Importance of water management in industrial processes

Water plays a critical role in many manufacturing and industrial environments. Used in almost every part of the process, it commonly required for the manufacture of a product or used for cooling equipment. By optimising your water quality, you can help improve your product quality and process efficiency.

Water conservation in industrial processes

Water conservation is a key challenge for many businesses, with more companies trying to improve water usage and water waste in their manufacturing processes. With an effective test solution, both water and chemical usage can be reduced, improving both the cost efficiency and environmental impact.

Cooling towers

Cooling towers are used to remove heat from a building, facility or machine. Commonly used in large buildings for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), industrial cooling towers are much larger and used in a variety of manufacturing and process industries.

Chemical disinfection is critical for the system to avoid microbiological contamination. Without effective treatment contamination can develop and block the airflow of the system, causing it to fail.

One of the major concerns for cooling towers is an outbreak of legionella. Legionella thrives in warm water, but many disinfection treatments are ineffective at higher temperatures which can often lead to overdosing of the system to compensate.

Regular testing throughout the process can ensure that disinfection levels are effective at preventing bacterial, fungal or algae growth, as well as avoiding a legionnaires outbreak. With effective disinfection monitoring, chemical usage can be optimised to avoid outbreaks and limit the expense of chemical overdosing.

Oil and gas production

Water plays an important role in oil and gas production, and in particular in hydraulic fracturing. The process of fracking involves injecting a large amount of water, sand  and chemicals down the well. This water can come from multiple sources and is often mixed with chemical treatment to help prevent bacterial growth and protect the integrity of the well. To limit cost increases and ensure that these chemicals are used efficiently, regular testing should be performed on the water.

In addition to testing the process water from oil and gas production, offshore facilities will also require water testing for drinking water facilities to ensure it is effectively disinfected.

Using Kemio in process and industrial water applications

Kemio Disinfection is a truly simple test method, using our disposable sensors to generate repeatable, reliable and accurate results. Inclusive of testing for chlorine, chlorine dioxide, chlorite, PAA and bromine; Kemio is ideal for businesses using more than one disinfectant.

Have full confidence in your results, with no test subjectivity and automatic data logging, Kemio creates a fully auditable data set.

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