Plumbing and waterhandling products represent a market where metal castings can make a tremendous difference in the way water is tested and whether it is considered healthy for consumption. A recent dispute between water treatment facilities, researchers and the trade organization for metal-casting businesses in North America, the American Foundry Society (AFS) demonstrates the issues our nation grapples with when it comes to our water supply.
The AFS recently refuted a recent research study, citing inaccurate data and methodologies. The AFS felt that the study seemed to promote the idea that only certain metal alloys were safe enough to comply with potable water standards in the United States; given the AFS represents a $30 billion industry, it is understandable they would feel concern about blanket statements regarding alloys that meet federal regulations. The pipes and tap, though, are only a part of a process that demands a high level of accuracy and where failure can mean loss of life.
Before the treated water gets to the pipes and the tap, it must be, well, treated. This means a variety of critical equipment, such as waste digesters, mixers and heaters go into effect to ensure that the water is safe for consumption. A quality mixer will ensure that important chemical components or ozone additions are mixed in consistently and at the proper amounts. A waste digester will not only “chew up” sludge and bacteria, but provides the format for ensuring sewer treatment is up to federal standards. Heaters are vital for ensuring that bacteria and other harmful additives to the water are destroyed before the water can then go on for distribution within the municipality.
Komax is proud to take a strong and vital role in water and waste treatment practices through our innovative designs for mixers and heaters. Our equipment not only reduces the amount of energy needed to perform the task, but also ensures that you can do it with less space and consistent quality! Find out how Komax can help ensure your water supply is safe.