Sunday, December 27, 2015

Draught will return

What's Next for the Pacific Northwest?

El Niño Conditions

El Niño conditions are present in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, and are expected to persist through the winter of 2015-16. The magnitude of sea-surface temperature (SST) anomalies has stayed consistent over the last few weeks, and the weekly SST departures from normal are near 3.0 degrees Celsius in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. The "El Niño Advisory" that was released on March 5 is still in effect, and the El Niño is now exceeding the strength of the strongest El Niño on record, 1997-98, in some measurements.

Model consensus is extremely high that the El Niño will persist through the winter, with chances above 95%, and the current forecast indicates that it will remain a "strong" El Niño event. Chances that the El Niño will persist through the spring have increased to about 85%. The 3-month seasonal forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center are representing the tendency for El Niño winters to be warmer and drier than usual in the Pacific Northwest, particularly after the first of the year.
What does this mean for Washington in the coming months?

The CPC three-class January-February-March (JFM) temperature outlook has increased chances of above normal temperatures for the entire state, with chances exceeding 60% on the three-tiered system. Western WA has even higher chances - exceeding 70% - for above normal temperatures during the period. For JFM precipitation, there are increased chances of below normal precipitation for the entire state, with higher chances of drier than normal conditions in eastern WA.

The outlook for February-March-April (FMA) is very similar: there are increased chances of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the entire state.

Last Updated: 12/17/2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Take your cooling tower to the CAR WASH

Patent Pending :-)


Cooling towers have for the most part been out-of-sight, out-of-mind until now! They have served their purpose well and will be around for many more years to come.  
However, we are seeing many being replaced with designs that address more water conservation operations.  A number of tower manufactures are making adjustments/design changes to meet the unique nature or zero bleed and WCTI chemistry.

Look around- and you will see both direct and indirect evaporative cooling systems popping up everywhere - especially in the high tech data center markets as engineers are looking to minimize the use of water as the primary cooling media.

One company (WCTI) has taken on this shortage full force and has offered hundreds of customers now with its low cost Zero Bleed Silica Based programs with total cooling tower plant discharge of the LESS than 2% - without compromising system performance.
  • WHY? - Fresh water is getting harder to come by in so many drought stricken areas and with others the cost of water is getting very high to produce and even more so in disposing of this used process water.
  • WAIT A SECOND?: - many are asking "aren't you creating sodium enriched type salt deposits" - why yes indeed we are, and with a simple wash down they end up looking like brand new. OH BY THE WAY, the wash down water goes right back into the tower [not down the drain] to live another day in this silica based treatment life cycle. 
  • BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE DRIFT on the surrounding areas and other equipment?  Well, to this we simply reply by asking the question "are you having a drift problem now? and if so, are you not concerned about the losses of energy with all that drift and also the toxic nature of the drift laden fallout with hazardous chemicals"?
QUESTION:  What would you rather have land on you and your equipment as you walk around the tower 1) no drift, 2) sea water type spray, 3) or hazardous chemicals?
  • FIX YOUR DRIFT PROBLEMS and then this all simply goes away and we can get back to saving millions of gallons of water with the lowest corrosion rates in the industry under bio-static conditions!
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Friday, May 01, 2015


Remember when... Well, I could make this a "period" piece or go on forever - like remember when it was cool to have a pager to keep in touch etc... Whoops, this is a water treatment blog, so I will stick with telling you that now, I am having fun reminiscing with my zero bleed customers .... “hey, remember when we used that solenoid bleed valve for solids control... and now it’s a paper weight on your desk!”
What we do know now however, is that simple math can be scary. If, for example, you were to take into account that you found that all of your cumulative leaks in your tower totaled one gallon per minute; that would be equivalent to over 1/2 million gallons a year. Now let’s say you have the following water cost totals - supply water and sewer respectively, @ $8.67 & $5.309 per thousand gallons. Now, you are looking at $7,347 in out-of-pocket expenses. WOW!... that's worth a great year-end employees’ BBQ with lots of distilled C2H5OH over some crushed cubes of DHMO.
All jesting aside, keeping an EYE ON LEAKS means saving your budget from going down the drain and at the same time doing something good for the environment.
Traditionally, when we treated towers on chemicals, the solids needed to be controlled; very closely, in some cases, or you would suffer the consequences of scale or corrosion - so you would need to bleed water from the cooling tower etc... Ironically, you would be amazed at how many chemically treated systems today are indeed bleeding but not from the bleed solenoid, but rather from leaks and calling it good, all in a day’s work.
Now, that our focus has shifted to water conservation and how we would prefer that no water be lost on a program like WCTI’s zero bleed, we find ourselves tightening bolts that have vibrated loose on the tower sides and basins, fixing drift problems, repairing basins that were creating permanent wet spots around the tower etc...
So, I highly recommend becoming your very own water loss police/detective and get out there and keep your EYES ON LEAKS.
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Stop the Smoke & Mirrors

All through our water treatment career - lots of us have used this phrase when speaking of those NCD and any non-chemical program while working for the chemical company.  

At that time period, it was confirmation for our salesman in the field to feel comfortable about speaking ill-will referencing non-chemical applications based on our completely non-biased marketers advice ;-) 

This was because marketing was repeatedly telling us [some had to toe-the-line] that chemicals were the only treatment that worked.  This was indicative of my past and present experience and at that moment I knew I had to take this "Semi-Natural" picture.  I believe that some dubious marketing today is truly operating on a classic case of "Smoke & Mirrors" relative to water treatment.  The good news for WCTI distributors is that we can’t use smoke and mirrors explaining Mother Nature's role.
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