Water Hygiene for Businesses

Posted on Jul 22, 2013

The single most important resource for sustaining ecosystems, supporting life and consequently a major determinant of economic and general well being is undeniably water. Water has innumerable uses, but the most significant ones impacting health and well being are

Water is a natural solvent and quickly absorbs undesirable gases and mineral impurities as it falls through the atmosphere and as it makes its way into streams and rivers.

Nearly all water supplies used for commercial and industrial applications need some nature of treatment and monitoring to ensure water hygiene and fitment for industrial or commercial applications even after extensive pretreatment of equipment.

Steps in Ensuring Water Hygiene include

  • Water Cleanliness and Disinfection Process
  • Water Quality Control
  • Microbiological Control

Water Hygiene in commercial and residential blocks generally covers inspection and treatment of the following systems

  • Cold water storage tanks
  • Cooling towers
  • Evaporative condensers
  • Domestic water tanks/ systems
  • Calorifiers and water heaters
  • Air handling units
  • System pipework

While checking building systems for water hygiene, following factors need to be kept in mind:-

Ensuring an effective water hygiene process might entail refurbishment of cold water storage tanks and down water systems to cover re-coating, rodent/ insect screen installation of rodent/ insect, pipe work re-configuration to avoid water stagnation, new lids and vents fitment and complete tank replacements to meet regulatory standards laid out in the Water Research Council guidance and Water Supply Regulations.

Application of Water Hygiene process covers the following:

  • Regular cold and hot water dosing in buildings.
  • Cooling tower water maintenance
  • High intensity disinfection for hydrotherapy pools and ancillary services within hospitals.
  • Eradication of white water mould and pink slime in swimming pools, as well as removal of biofilm build-up from tanks and filters
  • Elimination micro organism fouling in water softeners.
  • Treatment of bacteria in recycling water.
  • Prevent growth of slime and odour causing bacteria and fungi within ice making machines.
  • Product washing and system disinfection throughout the food industry.
  • Disinfection and neutralisation as a part of C.I.P systems.

Nowadays, chlorine dioxide is extensively used for a range of water treatment processes primarily to prevent or stop microbial growth. Its intense popularity in water treatment stems from its properties

Ensuring water hygiene is no longer an option, it is mandatory both under law as well as for your own health and the smooth operation of your water systems.