Southern Indiana Industrial Water Treatment
Cleaning and maintaining process water in boilers, cooling towers and closed loop systems is incredibly important. Without ongoing treatment and care, issues like corrosion, scale and bacteria can delay and eventually damage your water system.
Fortunately, Chardon Laboratories can help you prevent and control these costly issues or address current problems affecting your water system. Using specialized chemicals and advanced technologies, we can customize a water treatment plan to your facility's needs. We treat water systems in the following Southern Indiana cities and more:
- New Albany
- Tell City
Read on to learn about the importance of industrial water treatment, along with the different maintenance services we perform.
Indianapolis Water Treatment Service Areas
Water Quality in Southern Indiana
According to reports from Indiana American Water, various contaminants are present in natural water sources like lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. These contaminants include:
- Microbial contaminants: Microbial contaminants like bacteria and viruses can derive from a variety of sources, including sewage treatment plants, wildlife, agricultural livestock and septic systems.
- Inorganic contaminants: Materials like metals and salts can occur naturally or come from urban stormwater runoff, farming, mining, oil and gas production and domestic or industrial wastewater.
- Organic chemical contaminants: Synthetic and volatile organic chemicals are often by-products of petroleum manufacturing and other industrial processes. They may also come from urban stormwater runoff, septic systems and gas stations.
Contaminants like chemicals and bacteria naturally inhabit water as it moves through the earth and atmosphere. These substances can affect industrial water systems such as cooling towers and closed loops.
Over time, those contaminants can cause issues like mineral buildup, rust and bacterial contamination, reducing water system performance significantly. This makes consistent cleaning, treatment and maintenance a must.
Southern Indiana Legionella Planning
Thriving in warm, wet environments, Legionella bacteria naturally occurs in freshwater sources like rivers, streams and lakes. However, it can also occupy building water systems such as cooling towers, ornamental fountains, humidifiers and faucets.
In some cases, Legionella can settle into airborne droplets that are small enough to breathe in. When people inhale these droplets, they can contract a lung infection called Legionnaires' disease, or a mild flu-like virus called Pontiac fever. Older, immunocompromised and chronically ill individuals are most likely to get sick from this bacteria.
To reduce Legionnaires' disease outbreaks, your business should have an effective plan to control Legionella development as much as possible. Chardon can help you create and implement a comprehensive Water Management Plan (WMP) based on your facility's needs. The goal of this plan is to protect your water system and people inside your building from bacterial growth and spread.
Below are the measures we take to help facilities plan for and address Legionella:
Understanding potential Legionella risks in your water system is the first step in formulating a WMP. A Chardon specialist will examine your building's water systems to locate bacterial risk factors. Here are some water conditions that cultivate Legionella growth:
- Temperature between 68 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit
- Potential hydrogen (pH) between 5 and 8.5
This initial assessment will help us determine the appropriate control measures and practices to integrate into your plan.
Testing your process water for Legionella cultures is another key element in creating a WMP. The nature of the bacteria can make testing a challenge. An amoeba — a moving, shape-alerting microbe — typically consumes Legionella.
The Legionella multiples from within the amoeba, exploding and outbreaking. That's why regular water system testing is critical to identify possible bacteria-related issues.
After analyzing your site, our team will help you determine the necessary testing protocols. A Chardon technician will conduct this test, then send it to a laboratory for further assessment.
Correction and Remediation
Correction and adjustment are the final steps in executing a WMP. This stage involves monitoring and reporting any changes to your staff, testing protocols, water systems and other control measures to help defend your facility from Legionella as much as possible. We use a convenient online portal to streamline WMP access and updating.
Southern Indiana Closed Loop Water Treatment
Closed loop water systems use secondary heat exchangers to reject waste heat. They are non-evaporative and recirculate the same water repeatedly. There are various types of closed loops, including Glycol loops, boiler heating loops and geothermal loops.
Because they preserve water inside pipes and don't expose it to the open atmosphere, they theoretically shouldn't require constant treatment. However, closed loops can be just as high-maintenance as open loop water systems. They can experience leakage that lets air enter the system, causing problems like corrosion, scale, and bacterial contamination.
Proper care measures such as complete cleaning and flushing of heat exchanger fouling, pH and conductivity testing, and filter changes should be taken. These crucial steps help prevent damage and extend your closed loop system's service life.
Customized Closed Loop Water Services By Chardon
If your establishment relies on a closed loop water system for everyday processes, it's important to have a high-quality treatment program in place. Chardon Labs offers customized water treatment plans for closed loop systems, helping prevent leaks and other issues from slowing down your operations.
We'll start by administering a free survey to determine your system's current status and needs. Based on these outcomes, we'll help you create a care and maintenance plan accordingly. This plan will include:
- Regularly scheduled water system testing.
- Proprietary chemical treatments to address scaling, corrosion and microbiological growth.
- State-of-the-art equipment like pH and conductivity probes.
- Continued maintenance at a steady annual cost (cleaning, flushing, pH and conductivity testing, equipment replacements and more).
Our Chemical Treatments for Closed Loop Water Systems
We've developed effective chemical solutions to prevent and control issues like scale and corrosion in closed loop systems. By using the proper chemical inhibitors and working with dissolved solids in the water, we can adjust pH levels to reduce corrosive properties.
Our technicians also perform chemical treatments to remove oxygen from water, which hinders corrosion spread on metallic closed loop surfaces. Additionally, we can create protective films on closed loop surfaces. We use specially designed chemical compounds to passivate surfaces and prevent corrosion.
Find Southern Indiana Industrial Water Treatment Specialists at Chardon Labs
When your facility needs high-quality water system care in Southern Indiana, Chardon Labs is the place to turn. Offering nearly 60 years of water treatment expertise, you can count on us to handle your cooling tower, boiler or closed loop maintenance needs.
Our services can help you maintain peak water system performance while keeping operating costs down. Chardon's ISO-certified technicians will help you select and apply the right chemicals for your unique water system requirements. All treatments and maintenance come at a guaranteed annual price, so you'll never come across any surprise fees.
If you're interested in working with Chardon or learning more about our water treatment programs, get in touch with us today!