What does water quality have to do with valves and pumps?
At Harper Control Solutions, we know that quality-related problems – like water hardness and purity – can hurt your bottom line. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new relationship with Marlo, Inc., the industry leader in water quality products for commercial and industrial applications.
According to Harper Control Solutions’s Tom Kuehnel, a surprising number of water system problems are actually water quality problems. For example, toilets in commercial buildings commonly include flushometers to regulate water use. Flushometers require periodic cleaning because they are sensitive to debris and particles in the water. Where flushometer maintenance is an issue, it makes sense to investigate whether improving your water quality will reduce your costs.
Treating Hard Water
Is your water hard on your boilers? Facility owners are often surprised to hear that water with a high concentration of dissolved minerals – hard water – can reduce the efficiency of the boilers and other equipment in your commercial building or industrial facility.
All water has some level of dissolved solids, and the extent of water “hardness” varies greatly among locations. If you’re in doubt, a test for water hardness is in order.
When hard water is processed by a boiler or other heating equipment, minerals precipitate out. As a result, deposits oflimescale build up on the heating element and plumbing, as shown at right. Also called scaling, this condition can degrade the energy efficiency of the boiler and boost energy consumption for a given level of heat. Scaling also reduces the productive life of a heating element, requiring more maintenance and earlier replacement.
In facilities that process laundry, like hotels, hospitals, and linen services, hard water neutralizes the ability of detergents to dissolve. Detergent and dissolved minerals will clump into “curds” ofchemical byproduct, which deposits on linens and causes towels to feel crispy instead of soft.
The conventional approach to hard water calls for harsh chemicals to treat the water and de-scale the heating elements. For many clients, a water softening system is a better solution.
Marlo systems convert calcium and magnesium compounds in water (limestone hardness) into more soluble sodium compounds with the aid of polymeric cation exchange resins that are regenerated with salt. Essentially, the minerals are attracted to the softening system and pulled out of the water.
You can treat all water as it enters your facility, or soften water at the point of use where hardness matters, such as a boiler or laundry operation. Marlo water softening systems are available in a variety of standard sizes or as custom installations.
Water Purity Solutions
Does your facility require higher quality water than provided by your local water supply?
Ultrapurity – water quality above and beyond your local water supply – is required for specialized facilities like research labs and hospital sterilization.
Uniform water quality is critical to quality control for food and beverage processors.
In some parts of the country, the local drinking water is safe, but presents problems with taste, odor or color, leading restaurants and hotels to resort to bottled water if customers dislike the taste or appearance of the local water.
Marlo’s water filtering systems can solve quality problems, allowing you to deliver the appropriate purity to sensitive operations. Their systems reduce suspended solids, remove iron, de-chlorinate, and neutralize pH from both public and private well water supplies.
About Marlo Inc.
Marlo’s extensive product line offers sound solutions to water treatment problems in applications ranging from light commercial to heavy industrial installations. When Marlo’s standard equipment doesn’t meet the need, they will engineer systems to comply with detailed customer specifications.
Marlo is a great fit with Harper Control Solutions because we’re both dedicated to solving our clients’ problems with water quality and control. Steve LaMere, Marlo’s director of sales and marketing, appreciates our focus on total cost of ownership, helping clients balance reliability, maintenance and other factors that affect the bottom line in delivering water to your facilities.
“Harper Control Solutions’s website address says it all,” notes LaMere, referring to www.harpervalves.com. Marlo takes the same approach in delivering customized, engineered solutions to water quality problems. To underline that commitment, the company runs the Marlo Water Academy, where sales engineers from Harper Control Solutions have learned how to solve your water quality problems.