A Guide to Water Treatment and Why it is Beneficial.

Water treatment is an essential part of all our lives in the UK that we perhaps take for granted. We often don’t think about the hard work it takes to see clean water running from our taps and the amazing technologies that provide us with safe water. We don’t just need clean water to drink, but we also use it to wash our dishes and utensils, in addition to using it for manufacturing processes on an industrial scale. It is therefore essential that water is both hygienic and potable (drinkable). The UK has running water thanks to the multiple regional water and sewerage companies operating to provide water to the entire nation, sanitising water so it is safe for consumption.

If water is not treated properly, complications will arise, which will drastically affect the health of those who consume – or come into close contact with – it. Without the proper authorities and specialists providing water treatment for the UK population, illness and, indeed death, would occur. Here at WaterCare Solutions, we provide several water treatment services that successfully make water safe, as well as providing solutions for industrial water treatment and water testing.

In this blog, we will share our expert knowledge on water treatment with you, outlining why it is beneficial.

What is industrial water treatment?

To tackle many of these diseases and stop them from affecting the UK population, industrial water treatment is an essential process. Industrial water treatment is also performed to remove contaminants including suspended solids, dissolved minerals, microorganisms, and organic compounds, with the amount of these contaminants depending on where the water is sourced from. It is crucial the water is treated, as it is used in a wide selection of industrial processes, such as power generation, manufacturing, and mining.

  • Sedimentation: This involves allowing water to settle so that suspended solids can be removed.
  • Filtration: Water will pass through filters to remove suspended solids.
  • Chemical treatment: Chemicals like chlorine will be added to water to remove contaminants and effectively kill bacteria and viruses.
  • Iron exchange: By exchanging irons, harmful minerals and other contaminants will be removed from the water.

Industrial water treatment systems range from being relatively straightforward to being complex processes that require experts to install and control. WaterCare Solutions are the experts to go to for several water treatment solutions for industrial and commercial systems across the UK, where we can massively benefit your systems by keeping maintenance costs down, improving product quality and increasing production efficiency.

Why checking pipe material and age is important?

Assessing pipe material and age is essential, as it allows us to determine whether or not your water pipes need replacing or treating. Pipe material will often be different for every building and individual system and the condition of the pipes can influence what chemicals could be released into the systems – and therefore, the water. When piping materials break down, they will release biofilms, causing iron, phosphate, and hydrogen to form, which in turn encourages bacteria to grow and multiply.

What is a biofilm?

A biofilm is a thin layer of microorganisms that will form on a surface when it comes into contact with water. Biofilms in water pipes can have a drastic, negative effect on water quality and cause various other problems, including increased levels of bacteria and changes in taste and odour. These microorganisms are extremely harmful and can be in the form of fungi, larvae and crustacea. WaterCare Solutions can provide water treatment services to tackle the degrading of water pipe materials, removing biofilms and more.

The importance of water testing

If you are ever concerned about the risks that come with contaminated water and are unsure if the water you use is safe to drink, there are several ways that you can test the water. Water testing is performed to meet the necessary regulatory requirements that are needed for clean, pollutant-free water. Regular water testing ensures the safety of public health, as the methods for testing assess the variety of contaminants that could be in the water and helps to understand what may be causing the water pollution.

Regular water testing should be carried out for businesses, domestic regions and private homeowners alike and must be conducted by professionals, who have access to the modern and advanced technology and chemical solutions required to adequately determine water quality, simply by testing a small amount of water. This also helps to reduce waste. Preliminary tests will typically be carried out using devices like test strips, colour disks and hand-held digital metres. However, for more extensive tests on a larger scale, to test a wider range of pollutants, water will be tested in laboratories using specialised testing kits.

Investing in water testing for your home or business

Water treatment for homes and businesses is required to ensure public safety and environmental sustainability, in addition to extending the useful life of key manufacturing equipment and making industrial processes safe. Investing in WaterCare Solutions’ water treatment services guarantees safety, whilst ensuring that any systems and equipment you need servicing – large or small –  will continue to run efficiently and effectively for years to come. We have over 30 years’ experience in water treatment, in addition to expert knowledge in testing for contaminants and chemistry. From hot and cold distribution, industrial heating and cooling systems, treating cooling tower systems, and more, we understand the importance of water treatment for everyone.

Contact us today for a free quote for a water treatment plan to suit your requirements by calling us on 01299 271144 or send us an email at mark@watercaresolutions.co.uk. We’re here to help.