You will optimize your energy bill and reduce your risk of causing a Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak by effectively treating the water in your cooling tower.
The chillers in cooling towers are the single largest energy-using component in most facilities (including healthcare facilities), and can consume over 50% of the electrical usage. A failing or neglected water treatment program can reduce efficiency 10% to 35%. (Use Our Calculator to Figure Your Facility’s Potential Savings)
Cooling towers also provide an ideal environment for the growth and incubation of many waterborne pathogens like Legionella bacteria.
If you have reason to believe your cooling tower may contain waterborne pathogens like Legionella or other undesirable substances or your cooling tower has been shut down for 3 or more days, you need to have the entire system (cooling tower, system piping, heat exchangers, etc.) disinfected and treated by an experienced water treatment provider, like Solid Blend, prior to restarting the system.
Solid Blend follows the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) Guideline 12-2000 as well as the ANSI / ASHRAE Standard 188-2018: Legionellosis Risk Management for Building Water Systems when cleaning, disinfecting, and maintaining cooling towers.
Risk from Legionella bacteria has increased so much that in June 2017 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made the development and ongoing compliance with a Water Management Plan that follows the guidelines of ANSI / ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 a requirement for hospitals and other long-term care facilities. Healthcare facilities that don’t comply are at risk of citation for non-compliance which could make them ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid payments.
Solid Blend Technologies’ water technologists have received special training in Legionella detection, remediation, control, and outbreak response. Hiring a trained and experienced water treatment provider, like Solid Blend, to maintain your cooling tower and periodically check and treat for waterborne pathogens, like Legionella, will greatly decrease your risk. Please see our Legionella Control page for more information.
Once your chiller and cooling tower are functioning at optimal efficiency (either as a new start-up or after following a cleaning and disinfection process), you will want to continue managing the quality of the water in the system to both prevent buildup that can decrease energy efficiency and manage the growth of waterborne pathogens.
A successful, consistent water treatment program will maximize your cooling tower’s energy efficiency, extend its life, reduce your downtime, and minimize health and safety issues.
Contact Solid Blend today to have your cooling tower evaluated for potential inefficiencies and waterborne pathogens.