Sunday, July 02, 2006


Why should I consider self performing my water treatment?
Before we look at a typical water treatment program, let's ask the question: why some folks have their yard's cut by a yard service while others like you and I have to do it yourself. I am assuming that we can all come to the conclusion that;
1) they do not want to do it themselves due to time constraints etc..;
2) they can not do it physically for various reasons;
3) it is financially doable.

For these very same reasons I look at self performing water treatment and ask the same questions. A common misconception in the service side of water treatment is that only the supplier (Chem. Co) can successfully manipulate the waterside and guarantee a successful program. You could do your yard as well if not better than that yard man. Secondly, managers often think that the amount of time to conduct daily checks would be a no vote for self performing. This is also a misconception in that with the new technology out there –there is no need for time to be an issue.

Outsourcing - It is a must in many applications and industries. A large software company for example had determined and rightly so, that they were code writers and programmers, not gardeners, plumbers or custodians. Therefore, they turned to outsourcing their facilities management and the rest is history. This has happened with many industries - budgeting for the inevitable cost associated with this service. No problem with that as it has become the norm.

Self performing - Taking ownership of their own equipment and maximizing their savings. With the cost of operations going up ever faster, facilities have been faced with cost reductions. Unfortunatley, water treatment seems to be their first target primarily due to the cost of the program. Companies like WAM are addressing those concerns by serving as a real time consultants, driving down the cost of the service component in the water treatment program. In most cases these cost can be reduced by more than 50%. Many facilities personnel are already in a sense self performing their programs and with proper training could eliminate the high cost of the service component. Not everyone is set up to do this or feel they do not want to deal with their programs in house. That's okay, it takes understanding that there are options to reduce the Total Cost of Operations.

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