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Environmental, Health & Safety :: Environmental Management :: Water Treatment & Supply

April 1, 2010

Non-Chemical Water Treatment

Mechanical processes can offer an environmentally friendly and safer option to chemical water treatment

William F. Harfst, Harfst and Associates, Inc.

Non-chemical methods for conditioning water for use in cooling towers and boilers have been investigated, marketed and installed for over 100 years. In light of the recent incentives to “go green,” these methods offer engineers, operators and owners the option of replacing corrosive, toxic chemicals with physical or mechanical processes that claim to produce the same or superior results to those obtained by traditional chemical treatment methods — often without many of the attendant environmental, health and safety concerns.The array of non-chemical water treatment equipment is impressive. And the assertions for the benefits derived from using these devices are equally impressive....

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