Cooling water quality plays a vital role in maintaining the performance of the cooling tower and associated equipment. Poor cooling water treatment and control increase facility costs via the destruction of expensive equipment, damage to the facility, increased costs for water and sewerage, and increased energy use and cost.
The water treatment program is an important part of routine maintenance to confirm the longevity of evaporative cooling equipment and operational safety. This takes place under the strict supervision of a competent water treatment specialist.
The selection of a cooling water management program and knowledge of the chemistry and controls required will increase the probability of obtaining reliable equipment cooling with maximum heat transfer efficiency at the lowest total cost. Those facilities that devote sufficient time and resources to this vital area will be reaping the benefit of lowered costs and more reliable operation.