Many plants require water as part of their industrial operations. Whether it is needed for heating, cooling, cleaning, or processing, it has a vital role in the efficiency of many systems. To be used safely and effectively, however, it needs to be treated properly with industrial water treatment solutions. This eliminates impurities that can affect the quality of a finished product, pose potential health concerns, or damage equipment. To avoid these concerns, industrial plants need to focus on industrial water treatment solutions, including the two main processes: physical treatment and chemical treatment. At Agape Water Solutions our field service technicians and engineers can educate you on the benefits of water treatment technologies to ensure your plan is operating efficiently!

Why are water treatment solutions essential?

There are many reasons why industrial plants will want to work with a company providing water treatment solutions. High-quality water will often meet the specific industry standards that are important for complying with environmental regulations, especially when it comes to treating wastewater prior to being discharged back into the environment. Treatment can also help industries in conserving water resources by reusing treated wastewater whenever possible.

What are two processes of industrial water treatment solutions?

The two primary types of treatments include both physical and chemical treatments.

Physical treatment. With physical treatment, the goal is to remove solid impurities from the water. This may include any of the following methods:

  • Sedimentation. Sedimentation is a process that allows the water to remain in a basin or tank so the heavier particles in the water will settle to the bottom, where they can be easily removed.
  • Filtration. Another common method is filtration, which uses a porous material through which water is passed to trap any particles in the water so clean water can get through.
  • Floatation. Using air bubbles, wastewater that has any solid particles will be carried to the top for removal through skimming the water’s surface.

Chemical treatment. With chemical treatment, which is often applied as the second step after physical treatment, chemicals are used to neutralize or remove any substances or particles in the water that were not addressed through the previous physical methods. Some of the more common processes for chemical treatment include:

  • Coagulation and flocculation. This two-step process adds coagulants to the water which allows suspended particles to clump together, then adds flocculants to allow these clumps to be successfully removed by filtration or sedimentation.
  • Disinfection. Adding chemicals like ozone or chlorine to the water can address harmful bacteria and microorganisms that may remain in the water.
  • pH adjustment. Adding bases or acids to the water to adjust the pH levels can prevent common issues such as scale formation or corrosion.
  • Ion exchange. Using resins to remove ions from the water allows the water to then be used in various industrial applications.

How can I learn more about both physical and chemical treatment processes for water at my facility?

If your plant is in need of water treatment processes, we invite you to contact us to learn more about clean water solutions for industrial development.