Industry Insights

Addressing PFAS Contamination in Drinking Water: Navigating the New Federal Drinking Water Rule

Due to their widespread presence in the environment and potential health risks, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have emerged as a significant topic of concern in recent years. As regulatory agencies work to tighten controls, the introduction of a new federal maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFAS in drinking water underscores the urgency for effective water treatment solutions. We will explore the [...]

Cooling System Lay-Up

Make your startup easier with a proper layup. Protecting your system during the winter season with the right layup program will significantly reduce the amount of chip scale that will loosen up in the spring, prevent corrosion and iron-throw, and greatly extend the life of your equipment. Kurita America offers four products that can be used for cooling layup: Protect 649, CTL-440, Cetamine [...]

Strengthening Kurita’s Water Treatment Business in the North American Semiconductor Market

Ever wondered what washing machines, healthcare equipment, smartphones, computers, and cars have in common? They all rely on the use of semiconductors, the powerful brains behind a variety of modern technology applications. However, a lot goes into making such semiconductors – from raw materials to ultrapure water – thus requiring continued investment in global semiconductor markets. Silicon [...]

Holistic Approaches for Your Contaminant of Concern Using Pre-Treatment

Emerging contaminants, such as PFAS, are driving new treatment systems where they were previously not necessary. While it is tempting to address the need with a single treatment process, the composition of water is more than its concentration of regulated contaminants. The treatment approach should look beyond any single contaminant and consider the entire water quality to design an appropriate solution. There [...]

Reducing the Growth of Legionella Bacteria in Distributed Water Systems

Nearly 50 years ago, the first identified cases of Legionnaires’ disease were confirmed during a convention of the American Legion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvani a. Since 1976, the study of how Legionella bacteria live, interact, and multiply in building water distribution systems continues to provide valuable information. Despite an increase in the understanding of the bacteria, the Centers for Disease [...]

Navigating Build America, Buy America (BABA) as Service Providers

Article reposted with permission by the New England Water Works Association. Abstract The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of November 6th, 2021, includes a Build America, Buy America (BABA) clause that requires the procurement of domestic products for all federally funded infrastructure projects. This extends beyond iron and steel products to manufactured products and construction [...]

The Sometimes Maddening Question of Boiler Lay-Up

With more and more steam boilers being asked to provide intermittent service, there is renewed focus on the proper treatment of boiler systems while they are offline. In the Power industry it is not uncommon for a combined cycle plant to operate less than 30% of the time, meaning the vast majority of the time the boiler is idle. The rise of renewable power assets that have intermittent and [...]

Considerations for Refurbishing Your Media Filter

For media filters, the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” often prevents necessary, routine maintenance from occurring. Due to budget constraints and competing priorities, refurbishing your filter may be the last thing on your mind, especially when it is still removing contaminants below regulatory standards. However, waiting too long can result in lost efficiency or decreased [...]

Film-Forming Amine Resurgence Leads to Water Treatment Harmonization

Depending on your boiler or heating system, a one percent reduction in fuel used to heat water could mean likely saving tens of thousands of dollars over a year of operation. As well as it would curtail hundreds of tons of CO 2 emissions from burning fossil fuels. Preserving longevity of critical industrial boiler equipment while striving to reduce total cost of ownership continues to be a major driving force of [...]

Risk Assessment Revisions for Distributed Building Water: A Recent Update to Your Water Management Plans

Updated Water Management Requirements According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over seven million Americans get sick from diseases spread through water each year. The CDC indicates that out of these millions of people, 120,000 are hospitalized, and the associated treatment costs involved exceed three billion dollars. Utility water systems in hospitals have been under close study [...]

Water Scarcity in Context: Our Role and Impact

Water scarcity was prominent among 2021 headlines, which peaked in August when federal officials declared a first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River Basin after Lake Mead reached record-low levels . Terms such as water scarcity, drought, water stress, and water risk all communicate the societal impacts of water’s limited availability. However, they are often used interchangeably and can take on [...]

Complying with the Joint Commission's New Water Management Standards

Healthcare facilities continue to face budget and manpower reductions with increased regulations. Kurita America can help with our harmonized programs designed to reduce the time required to manage water treatment programs while enhancing system efficiency and reliability. This includes Legionella risk management support , advanced filtration equipment programs, secondary disinfection, electronic monitoring [...]