Much has been said about reducing the carbon footprint globally, and controversy still exists over the percentage of human contribution to the undeniable rise in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. What is certain is that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have risen dramatically since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, by at least 115 parts per million. Lest anyone doubt the danger inherent in the infamous ‘greenhouse effect’, a perfect example of the runaway results can be observed in Earth’s sister planet, Venus. This planet, which once had an atmosphere similar to Earth’s, now is roasted by a surface temperature roughly 450 degrees Centigrade higher than Earth’s, due almost entirely to the greenhouse effect which rules that planet.
What can be done to reduce carbon footprint?
Clearly steps must be taken to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide which are emitted into the atmosphere, and that equates to reducing carbon footprint. To be sure, individuals must do their part in lowering the amount of carbon dioxide each person puts into the air, but corporations and businesses have a major responsibility as well. One of the major ways this can be accomplished is through the use of solid water treatment and industrial water treatment companies which make that their business.
Water treatment in cooling towers, boilers, and closed-loop systems is necessary because of the potential for corrosion, scale buildup, and the deposits of materials in suspense in the circulating water. In the past, this kind of water treatment was typically done with chemicals that were trucked to the cooling tower sites in large barrels or drums. However, this approach is one that adds significantly to the carbon footprint of a treatment operation, and when multiplied by the number of cooling towers around the country, the footprint soars unbelievably.
For instance, the chemicals themselves must be shipped from the location where they are produced to various cooling towers for use, and this involves the usage of trucks which belch carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Since solid water treatment materials can be packaged in much smaller containers, the shipping is significantly less, and the use of plastic barrels would be unnecessary. This represents a double savings in carbon dioxide production, since the packaging and trucking would be greatly reduced.
What other alternatives exist?
There are other alternatives for preventing the problems associated with cooling towers beside solid water treatment however. Green results can be attained by the use of sophisticated filtration systems, water softeners, carbon block filters, oxygen dissolution, reverse osmosis, and even ultraviolet treatments, although these are sometimes insufficient to manage the problems.
The appeals of a solid water treatment system are many, beginning with the fact that several of the most effective proven chemicals are mixed into a concentrate before shipping, and when transported to the treatment site, can be applied directly from the container. All the drawbacks of liquid chemicals are neatly bypassed and eliminated, because there are never any spills, on-site storage is unnecessary, no pails of chemicals are ever handled, and there are no disposal problems with containers.
In effect, this solid water treatment strategy provides all the benefits of a chemical treatment program without any of the hassle or danger inherent in the handling of chemicals. Depending on the volume of water being treated at a given facility, this kind of approach has the potential of reducing the carbon footprint by literally thousands of pounds each year, and when multiplied by the number of cooling towers that require treatment, the reduction could very well be massive. This is clearly a solution worthy of consideration.