A water management plan is just one of the many strategies that you must implement in your facility in order to remain compliant with New York City local and State regulations. Because water is a common carrier for many pathogens and bacteria, it can pose a hazard if not properly treated and disinfected.
However, this plan of action must be developed carefully and customized to your specific facility so that you can achieve the best results. While you may be hesitant to spend the necessary time and resources to develop a robust and thorough water management plan, the benefits that you will reap will make the process worth it in both the short and long term.
Reduces Your Facility’s Costs
One of the biggest advantages of a comprehensive water management plan is its ability to reduce the overall costs of operating your systems. These cost savings can even arise in places that you do not entirely expect them, such as your heating and cooling bill. When the water that comes into your facility is full of biological material like algae or has the incorrect balance of minerals, your equipment can quickly become fouled with biofilms and scaling that stop machinery from working properly.
Not only does this create a large inconvenience while you are waiting for repairs, but it can also lead to premature replacement—all of which costs money. Imagine needing to replace large portions of your piping because the pH level of your water was not right, leading to corrosion!
However, do not forget that clean water achieved through a water management plan may lower your bills, too. For example, if you operate a cooling tower and do not properly treat your water, the sediment buildup and mineral deposits lining the interior of the machinery will make the walls thicker over time. As the tower attempts to dissipate heat out of the unit, it must work harder to do so; this will increase your utility bills. A water management plan can keep your bills manageable and your equipment in service for the long term.
Reduces the Risk to Your Workers and Local Individuals
One of the largest threats in a commercial water system is Legionella. This hazardous bacteria can cause potentially fatal illness in humans, and much of the initial push for water management plans came from the need to reduce the prevalence of Legionnaires’ disease. Bacteria expelled into the air can travel for miles, so your water plan serves the role of protector too, keeping visitors and employees safe in your area.
Keeps Your Water Clean and Properly Balanced
As mentioned previously, water treatment is not just about killing bacteria—though that is a useful aspect that keeps people safe. You have immense control over the quality of your water if you spend the time to develop a comprehensive water management plan. Balancing the water chemistry of your system will help to reduce corrosion of your pipes, control the build up of mineral and scaling and prevent biofouling of your system.
Understanding the composition of your specific water will be an important part of correctly determining which strategies to use so that they can be targeted directly toward the bacteria and components that need to be dealt with. This way, your machinery can utilize clean, balanced water that will not cause harm over the years.
Trust the Experts to Help You Develop and Maintain a Water Management Plan
If the thought of determining exactly what elements should go into your water management plan feels overwhelming, it does not have to be. The experts can help you to create the perfect plan for you that is customized to your specific facility, needs and risks. Talk to the professionals at Legionella Compliance Solutions to take advantage of their years of experience in the field. You do not have to navigate the processes of water management and compliance on your own; reach out to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.