Cooling Tower Water Treatment Basics

Cooling Tower Water Treatment Basics

For large commercial and industrial facilities, cooling towers are the most common type of cooling system—and for good reason. Cooling towers are highly efficient and can provide lasting air conditioning for a large building at a relatively low cost. However, proper cooling tower water treatment is essential to ensure cooling towers operate efficiently. In this brief guide, we’ll cover the basics of cooling tower water treatment and why it’s important.

How Does a Cooling Tower Work?

To understand cooling tower water treatment, it’s important to first have basic knowledge of how such a system operates. Cooling towers work by circulating water through a loop. The water is allowed to come into contact with the air in the cooling tower, resulting in small amounts of evaporation. This, in turn, chills the water that can be used for everything from HVAC systems to industrial manufacturing equipment.

Why Does Cooling Tower Water Need to Be Treated?

The water being fed into a cooling tower system will have contaminants, including dissolved and suspended solids. As water evaporates as part of the cooling process, these solids are left behind. Over time, the accumulation of these contaminants can result in scale, corrosion, and biological fouling. Cooling tower water treatment is designed to prevent these problems, ensuring the equipment continues to perform at peak efficiency.

The Best Way to Treat Cooling Tower Water

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to cooling tower water treatment. To be successful, a water treatment program must account for a wide array of factors, including:

  • The specific type of cooling tower and heat exchanger
  • Manufacturer-recommended maintenance requirements
  • The makeup of the water being fed into the system
  • Local regulations regarding discharge

Typically, a robust cooling tower water treatment program will involve a combination of filtration, water softening, and the introduction of custom chemical formulations. Additionally, the treatment program should be actively monitored and adjusted as necessary to ensure effective results.

R2J is Setting a New Standard for Cooling Tower Water Treatment

R2J has been providing cooling tower water treatment throughout the Tampa Bay area since 1982. We are known for providing complete programs that are tailored to our clients’ requirements. To ensure successful water treatment programs, all of our services are implemented by trained technicians and overseen by Certified Water Technologists (CWTs). And, we provide remote monitoring, which allows us to hone our solutions and deliver the best possible results.

Learn more about the basics of cooling tower water treatment by contacting the experts at R2J today.

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