SEPCO Special Services

Water Utilization Studies

What Is a Water Utilization Study?

If you’re moving a slurry-type application or just want a state-of-the-art leakage analysis, we can help. We use ultrasonic testing to audit your plant’s media, flush water, and leak rate to determine the optimal flush water process. For example, we commonly find that plants maintain high flush water flow rates without maintaining flush pressure at 15 to 20 psi over stuffing box pressure. Plants should focus on maintained pressures – not flow rates, when it comes to maximizing the performance of seals and packing.

We recently did a water study at a food processing plant. Their sewer bill was nearly $1 million per month due to a high content of solids. We installed closed loop systems on many pieces of equipment and managed to completely eliminate water usage on those pumps and valves.

A Water Utilization Study Will Help You

  • Reduce water usage
  • Prolong the life of your equipment
  • Eliminate process dilution
  • Reduce evaporation costs
  • Eliminate process costs
  • Reduce leakage to atmosphere
  • Minimize corrosion on equipment
  • Reduce housekeeping problems

What Do I Get?

We provide a summary of your current water consumption, and we develop a water reduction strategy for every stuffing box in your plant. Your typical paper mill or chemical plant ranges between two to three million gallons of water per year per stuffing box. Multiply that times every piece of equipment and you’ll find there are big opportunities to reduce water consumption.

How Long Is Setup?

Timelines vary based on pieces of equipment, but we generally complete water utilization studies and provide recommendations within one to two weeks.

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