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Does your water management program reduce your facility’s environmental impact?

Take these steps to become more eco-friendly.

Cooling Towers are an essential component of most facility’s HVAC system, and they can have a big impact on the environment. Let’s look at a few steps you can take to ensure your cooling system is running at an optimized level and limiting impacts to the environment (while also preserving your budget). 

When you invest in a comprehensive maintenance program for your cooling tower that includes a water management program, you’ll save money and energy AND increase your cooling tower’s lifecycle and reliability. 

The Association of Water Technologies outlines three things you can incorporate into your cooling systems management plan to reduce your facilities carbon-footprint:

  1. Maximize energy efficiency through maintaining clean heat-transfer surfaces.
  2. Minimize water usage, including using non-potable makeup water where possible.
  3. Extend the life cycle of equipment by controlling corrosion and mechanical deterioration of materials.

ANSI / ASHRAE standards require that facilities have a water management program or use non-potable water, but awards higher merits to those facilities that do both. 

Your water management program should include procedures that identify and follow best environmental practices, equipment maintenance issues and layup, among other things. Additionally, your water management program should maximize energy efficiency by maintaining clean heat transfer surfaces that control corrosion, deposits and fouling. Having a trusted partner to help you build and execute a water management program can save your team time, money and frustration. 

Non-potable water includes any appropriate on-site water source that is not naturally occurring groundwater or surface water, including harvested rainwater or storm water, air-conditioner condensate, gray water and municipally reclaimed water. Before non-potable water is used as an alternative source of cooling system makeup, it must be treated. In order to be awarded merits for use of non-potable water sources, a facility must have a proper measurement program in place to ensure that they are using makeup water that is a majority (more than 50%) non-potable water.

Engaging a water management program expert can help alleviate some of the time commitment necessary to develop a water management plan that adheres to ANSI / ASHRAE 188 standards. They can make recommendations to ensure that your water management system is running as efficiently as possible, saving you money and increasing your water tower’s lifecycle and reliability.