The Industrial Water Purification Blog

The Benefits of A Containerised Water Treatment System

Posted by Peter Wood on 21-Oct-2016 15:47:27


There are many benefits to working with Wychwood Water Systems to design and build a complete water treatment system within an ISO shipping container. Having worked on a number of these projects (see, there are a number of questions people ask me:

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Topics: Water Treatment System

Industrial Water Quality Standards – Are You Up To Scratch?

Posted by Peter Wood on 18-Oct-2016 08:25:00

In the UK, the food, drink, cosmetics and pharmaceutical manufacturing standards for industrial water quality must adhere to the standards outlined in the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) and European Pharmacopoeia (EP). Exporters to the USA also need to comply with American FDA standards Complying with these standards involves ensuring that all water treatment systems used in your facility are working as they should be. Fortunately, the standards required of manufacturing water by the BP, EP and FDA are very similar.

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Topics: Industrial Water Quality, FDA Standards

How Much Water Does A Reverse Osmosis System Waste And What's A Good Alternative?

Posted by Peter Wood on 12-Oct-2016 12:30:00

In order to ensure that your facility runs smoothly, you need to know that your water treatment system is running as efficiently as possible. If recent changes to policy are demanding a better water footprint, you may be wondering whether the reverse osmosis (RO) system you’re currently using is helping your facility meet these objectives. This article will look at water wastage with RO systems, as compared to alternative solutions.

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Topics: Reverse Osmosis

Is Your Cosmetics Business Meeting The FDA Water Standards?

Posted by Peter Wood on 06-Oct-2016 10:05:00

The quality of the water used in manufacturing cosmetic products is absolutely crucial, especially if you are producing for the export market. Many cosmetic products begin as concentrations which must be watered down before being placed into packaging, so that chemical reactions can be avoided. Also, water used in the cosmetics industry must be as pure as possible, so as to prevent the proliferation of bacteria.

All British cosmetic companies have to comply with UK and EU manufacturing quality regulations. However, if you sell your products to the USA you also need to comply with standards set out by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Under this legislation, water is considered to be a raw material in the cosmetics manufacturing process.

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Topics: FDA Standards

Is Your Purified Water Distribution Ring Main Up To Your Expectations?

Posted by Peter Wood on 03-Oct-2016 14:57:00


In any purified water system where low conductivity combined with low or zero bacteria performance is required, a well-designed purified water distribution ring main is an absolute requirement. To polish the purified water to low conductivity and achieve continual low bacteria levels the purified water must be kept recirculating. 

The purified water ring main will normally be fed from a purified water tank and stainless steel ring main pump. The ring main will feed to all the required points of use before returning to the purified water tank via a spray ball.

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Topics: Purified Water Systems

What Does Reverse Osmosis Remove From Water - And Will It Remove Bacteria?

Posted by Peter Wood on 21-Sep-2016 08:30:00

Facility managers are an operation’s first line of defence when it comes to water quality. Over time, you may have noticed that your facility’s water quality has declined. You may have discovered worrying and increasing levels of bacteria in the water. Reverse Osmosis is a very effective means of removing many contaminants from industrial water. But how well does it work to remove bacteria? The following article will provide an overview of the reverse osmosis process, including what it does and does not remove.

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Topics: Reverse Osmosis

How To Remove Sodium From Water

Posted by Peter Wood on 13-Sep-2016 10:30:00

For industrial water purification, sodium removal is a rare requirement as it is not present in the mains water supply for most western countries. Sodium can, however, be present in the water supply in some coastal areas around the world and in countries that use a lot of road salt, and is also usually present in water that has been softened.

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Topics: Reverse Osmosis

Can You Remove Bacteria From Water Using Deionisation Methods?

Posted by Peter Wood on 08-Sep-2016 09:00:00

There are several ways of creating bacteria-free water, each with their own considerations. Two methods used by many facilities are deionisation and electro-deionisation. Both have their own advantages, but is one way better than the other? This article will discuss both methods in detail.

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Topics: Deionisation

How To Monitor and Remove Bacteria in Purified Water Systems

Posted by Peter Wood on 31-Aug-2016 13:07:55

When I speak to engineers about the need for bacteria removal, sometimes I get asked about the role of free chlorine.

Water utility company's will typically add approximately 0.1 parts per million, (PPM) of free chlorine to the incoming water supply. This background level of free chlorine is added to inhibit and remove bacteria from the feed water.

When we purify water, however, the first thing we do is to remove the free chlorine with the water purification processes used. From there on if the wrong conditions are created bacteria cells can grow.

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Topics: Purified Water Systems

Getting The Best Performance From Your Reverse Osmosis Membranes

Posted by Peter Wood on 23-Jun-2016 12:30:00

Receiving the best possible performance from your RO membranes is very important to maximise the volume of water recovered as RO permeate, Minimise the amount of electrical energy consumed and maximise the quality of RO permeate produced.

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Topics: Reverse Osmosis

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