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Posted:  16 Sep 2016 16:30   Last Edited By: Bamar Plastics, Inc.
Interested in hearing what others have done in the area of water softening for their process cooling tower water.

Our municipality changes wells in a rotation which throws our water treatment system for a loop every time they change. This causes an increase in water bill and chemical usage to recover. We are thinking a softener would likely show a reasonably short return on investment.

What works? Lessons learned?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can share experience.

Jim McVay
Posted:  22 Sep 2016 17:34
Jim,

I was Operations Manager at B&B Molders is Mishawaka, IN for 8 1/2 years before I came to Deimling Jeliho Plastics. We ran softened water at B&B and it help keep things more consistent as Mishawaka utilities did the same thing. Pay back for us was relatively quick and help solve what sounds like similar problems.
If you have any other questions, feel free to give me a call.
Thanks,
Jim Krezel

Jim Krezel
Posted:  22 Sep 2016 20:55
Our water in Florida is very hard. Prior to installing a water softener we were cleaning manifolds on a monthly basis. Since installing a water softener we no longer have to do it.
Posted:  29 Sep 2016 19:00
We are in Houston. We pay $90/month for a company to supply the equipment and salt to soften the water.  However, we could not maintain the TDS content and had a terrible time with clogged heat exchangers, molds and thermolators.  We have since added a chemical treatment service that constantly measures TDS and dumps water as conductivity gets to top of range.  We also pay for this service.  They also add a corrosion inhibitor.  Hope this helps.
Posted:  04 Oct 2016 21:21
Thanks to the folks who responded. Much appreciated!

Jim McVay
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