Finding the Right Equipment for Your Water Treatment Facility
As a municipal water treatment facility, it’s your job to make sure that the people who live in your city or county have the safest and best possible water, and the stakes can be pretty high if you are not able to safely treat your water. At the same time, people also want to make sure that you are not wasting tax dollars, so you want to have the best equipment and be able to provide that water in an effective and efficient way to both keep costs down and reduce your impact on the environment. That’s where your equipment choices become so important.
Hazardous Location Motors
The motor that you use for a water treatment facility must meet the specifications for a “hazardous” location, which means it falls into the Class 1, Division 2 specification for Groups B, C, and D. A Class 1, Division 2 location is defined as one that handles, uses, or processes volatile flammable liquids or gases, but one in which these things would only become hazardous as a result of some type of misuse or unusual operating circumstances. These motors must also be designed to withstand different temperature requirements and operate with increased safety according to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements.
Another consideration is your motor size, or the RPMs that you need at your facility. The TECO Westinghouse motors that Ashton Tucker carriers include motors of 1200, 1800, or 3600 RPMs, as well as custom motor options. Some locations prefer the lower-speed 1200 or 1800 RPMS because they believe these motors offer lower wear rates, but higher speeds can offer advantages as well, so it’s important to evaluate them objectively to determine which would work best in your water treatment facility.
Communities across the country are seeking ways to reduce energy demand and usage, and since water treatment facilities are often one of the largest energy users in a municipality (accounting for about 3 percent of all energy consumption in the U.S. combined), the result is several million metric tons of greenhouse gases released into the environment each year. And it’s not just about the environmental impact—this also has an impact on your city’s finances, since water treatment can account for about one out of every $3 from your monthly energy bill.
While people are using less energy at home (residential water usage in the U.S. has dropped by about 25 percent in the U.S. since the 1970s), water treatment plants have been slower to adopt water- and energy-saving methods. There are many ways to reduce energy usage, but one of the most effective is switching your existing pumps and motors for newer and more efficient ones. If you are building a new facility, it’s much easier to make these decisions during design and building phases than to retrofit your facility later. If you are an existing facility, more efficient operations and equipment will often pay for itself over time in cost and energy savings.
To find out more about water treatment facility motors and equipment, call Ashton Tucker or visit the product section of our website today.