DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program demonstrates 20% make-up water reduction and 50% reduction in blow-down utilizing Zeta Rod Water Management Systems

Link to USACE ERDC ReportThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Lab (USACE ERDC/CERL) has published data collected during a 24-month demonstration/validation project in which the  Zeta Rod® Water Management System was evaluated for its ability to deliver documented water conservation results while providing corrosion, scaling, and biofouling protection in open-loop evaporative cooling systems. The report, titled “Demonstration of Non-Corrosive, Capacitance-Based Water-Treatment Technology for Chilled Water Cooling Systems” evaluated sites at four military installations in Arizona, California, and Georgia.  The study included systems where the technology was previously installed as part of a 2010 evaluation (ERDC/CERL TR-09-20) and added systems that broadened the range of water qualities and operating conditions evaluated.

Results and observations indicated that the technology delivered an average 20% reduction in makeup water usage and 50% reduction in blow-down, while meeting or exceeding criteria for protection of equipment from scale, corrosion, and biofouling. Reductions in make-up water represent a major water savings for an installation, while reductions of blow-down water represent a significant lessening of load on installation’s wastewater treatment system. (The direct use of the blow-down water for grey-water purposes appears feasible, but was not demonstrated.)

The technology was effective in water treatment and deposit control for a wide range of water conditions, from very soft, corrosion-promoting water to very hard, scale-promoting water. The validated applications are recommended for consideration by decision makers to reduce military installation chemical utilization and support Department of Defense Net Zero Water goals.

Click Here to link to the Full Study:  “Demonstration of Non-Corrosive, Capacitance-Based Water-Treatment Technology for Chilled Water Cooling Systems” Report Number: ERDC/CERL TR14-15

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USACE Demonstration of Noncorrosive, Capacitance-Based Water Treatment Technology for Chilled Water Cooling Systems

Link to USACE ERDC ReportTechnical Papers
September 2014
Demonstration of Noncorrosive, Capacitance-Based Water-Treatment Technology for Chilled-Water Cooling Systems : ERDC/CERL TR-14-15

20% reductions in cooling tower make-up water and 50% reduction in blow-down were achieved at four U.S. Military Bases over a 24 month study period.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Issues Directive & Guidance on Non-Chemical Treatment of Cooling Tower Water

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineering and Construction Bulletin

Subject: Non-Chemical Treatment of Cooling Tower Water
Applicability: Directive and Guidance

Non-chemical treatment of cooling tower water has been found to be a viable option for many projects. Significant water and cost savings can be realized depending on the projects cooling systems size, amount of yearly operating time for the system and condition of the make-up water. There are various types of non-chemical treatment such as: hydrodynamic cavitation, pulsed and static electric field, ultra-sonic, and magnetic. CERL has performed a study on Zeta Rod Water Management Systems, a  type of non-chemical treatment (High Voltage Capacitance Based – HVCB) used on the cooling systems at four U.S military bases. The bases selected had a wide range of make-up water use and climatic conditions. This system operated by installing insulated high voltage electrodes into the cooling tower piping creating a strong electrostatic field in the water stream.

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