Industrial Water – The Total Water Management Approach to Treatment

Although water plays a vital role in a company’s industrial processes, water and wastewater management is not a core business function. Violations of the discharge permit, personnel requirements, system and equipment design, monitoring costs, and other aspects of water and wastewater management can be an expensive liability for a company. Not to mention other water and wastewater management issues such as:

Difficulty training, supervising and retaining adequate staff
Lack of process design experience required to meet dynamic process demands
Difficulty maintaining compliance and managing permits in an evolving regulatory landscape
Inefficiencies in the use of equipment and in maintenance costs
Uncontrolled variable monthly costs
Difficulty in inventory management
These issues can also be particularly daunting if you try to address them separately using different vendors. Believe it or not, all of these issues can be handled as a package. Just consider how entangled they really are.

Total Water Management is a comprehensive strategy or philosophy for managing every aspect of a facility’s industrial water. The goal of total water management is to cost-effectively manage all aspects of a company’s water-related problems. This means everything from pretreating process feedwater (i.e. industrial water) to clarification of plant effluents (i.e. industrial wastewater) to ordering spare parts. Some water treatment companies provide all of these products and services because their goal is to keep industrial water and wastewater treatment systems efficient.

This approach integrates physical / chemical treatment programs with automated controls, monitoring technology and all related services.When you talk to a water treatment company that uses the total water management approach, the first step they will take to Developing the program is identifying where your facility’s water usage occurs. Numerous areas within a facility can use water, but do you know how much water each area uses and the water quality needed in those areas? To help gather this information, these companies will perform a comprehensive water balance study, which also helps determine the best methods for pretreatment and wastewater management.

Total water management can also mean combining water and wastewater treatment technologies with operational skills. Some companies provide outsourcing and training services for water treatment system operators, because with new technologies and added processes comes a learning curve.

Also, keeping operating costs low requires data on things like water volume use, chemical volume use, and so on. This data can be collected by sensors placed on the treatment equipment itself and sent to the web-based software. The software can then insert the data into trend reports and other reporting tools that management can use to make cost decisions and even optimize system performance.

Total water management by a water treatment company

The best part of the total water management approach is that you may be able to pay a single bill to that one company that covers all of your water treatment costs. You will need to look for a water treatment company that designs a solution for you that meets your dynamic process quality demands, protects your process equipment, and achieves compliant discharge with minimal waste generation.

A successful total water management plan requires continuous analysis and improvement of its processes. Your supplier should communicate with you so that you can place orders comfortably, ensure your system is monitored properly, and get answers to questions and problems proactively addressed. Furthermore, the total water management approach lends itself to having a continuous focus on identifying opportunities for improvement and cost

Suppliers using the total water management approach will provide access to the following products and services:

A wide variety of water and wastewater treatment systems
Installation and startup services
Remote monitoring services (some newer systems are web-based)
Chemical programs for the tr