The Splash

California University Reduces Water Consumption Through Blowdown Reuse

Severe drought inspired a southern California university to explore their water use and to implement aggressive sustainability goals. Treatment and reuse of cooling tower blowdown water was instrumental in their water action plan, and Kurita America has played a key role in this effort. Southern California is population-dense and water-scarce. Although the bottom two-thirds of the state accounts for 80 percent 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 [...]

Continuing Water Crisis: Save Water at Work and Home

A new year means new resolutions, but instead of the resolutions fizzling out after a few months, consider what steps you can make toward a more sustainable world. You and your family can apply these suitability methods to your home, and for your business, Kurita America as your water experts take state-of-the-art technology to deliver optimal results and overall lower cost of ownership. Whether it be at home or [...]

When You Can’t Buy Your Biological System a Heating Blanket

Cooler temperatures negatively impact biological treatment of wastewater systems. It is clear to see in the northern climates with icy roads, snow and temperatures below 32°F (0°C), but even in the Sun Belt states, lower water temperatures in the fall and winter months can contribute to poor biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and solids removal in a biological system and increased filamentous bacteria activity, [...]

Water is a Resource: Get Flowing on Sustainability Goals with Kurita America's Comprehensive Site Assessment

In 2020, a food and beverage customer in the Upper Midwest, United States, approached Kurita America to take a proactive method to address water consumption, production, and wastewater discharge at a world-class campus. Kurita set forth with its Comprehensive Site Assessment (CSA), which looks holistically at plant operations, production, and the use of resources. This is one of several approaches of our [...]

Antioxidant Chemistries Maximize Coproduct Value

Kurita America’s development and application of antioxidant chemistries improve the quality of ethanol plant coproducts. The years of international experience coupled with local legacy to create OxiOUT, which is a stable solution of sodium metabisulfite and other proprietary antioxidants. After thorough review of the coproducts and what the quality issues are, our innovative chemistry leads into the [...]

Suspended Solids Removed by Basin Sweep

At an ammonia production facility located in rural Nebraska with surrounding cornfields and gravel roads through the facility, the cooling tower collected high amounts of solids and silt through the natural air scrubbing of the system. These suspended solids circulated through the cooling system and accumulate over time. No filtration system had been installed to remove these suspended solids, thus the number of [...]

Successful Plant Startup with FDA Approved Cetamine Boiler Technology

A new Midwest dry-mill ethanol plant needed a complete boiler treatment program in place for the initial startup. The facility required a safe and FDA-approved product for potential contact in Distillers’ Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) used in animal feed and corn oil. Using efficient chemical feeds with minimal operational maintenance was priority. Additionally, this facility's two boilers had sustaining [...]

SaltOUT: Innovative Technology for Environmental Discharge and Reuse

Kurita America’s experience with cold lime softening (CLS) has culminated in the creation of SaltOUT, an innovative enhancement chemistry that precipitates hard-to-remove ions and trace metals into a stable solid waste. SaltOUT is a next-generation solution that will expand reuse and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) opportunities while meeting stringent discharge requirements and mitigating waste disposal [...]

A Sustainable Future: UN’s World Food Day and Kurita

As we approach World Food Day on October 16th, Kurita continues to believe in the harmony between man, nature, and technology. All three combine to recognize these United Nations’ days, which include World Food Day, World Water Day, and World Environment Day. These fall under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World Food Day encompasses Kurita’s sustainable efforts in [...]