Water softening systems are common in American homes. They are also an integral part of the water treatment systems found in many industries. From food processing companies to pharmaceuticals to refineries and power plants, water softeners play an integral role in keeping production running smoothly.
Purpose of Water Softening Systems
Water naturally contains many diverse minerals. Hard water has an above-average amount of two specific minerals: calcium and magnesium. These pose an active risk to the efficient operation of machinery. A water softener is installed to remove these minerals, reducing the risk.
The Process of Water Softening
The most basic means through which water softeners remove undesirable minerals is called ion exchange. It consists of two main components:
Resin/Mineral Tank: This container hosts water-softening, sodium-coated, negatively charged resin beads. The water is filtered through this tank and the positive-charged magnesium and calcium ions are attracted to the negative ions and trapped. The resulting interaction discharges sodium into the tank’s water.
Brine Tank: This tank contains the salt required to regenerate the resin tank, removing the mineral particles that adhered to the resin. When this process occurs is determined by the size of the tank.
To learn more about how commercial or industrial water softening systems work, take the time to consult the experts. At Robert B. Hill Co. Our professionals can answer all your questions. We have designed and installed custom water treatment systems for many industries and commercial businesses. We know how to make it come together for your company’s benefit.