Outdoor Air Quality: Laudable Effort or Legal Expectation?

Issue of Outdoor Air Quality for HVAC IndustryAre companies responsible for reduced outdoor air quality caused by infected or dirty cooling towers? As it stands, citizens have no legal expectation of clean air. With urban pollution rising and environmental litigation becoming a viable option, however, businesses need to think twice about the outside impact of poorly maintained cooling systems.

Urban Issues

Pollution in metropolitan centers has been on the rise for decades. Now, citizens and watchdog groups are taking action in hopes of improving outdoor air quality. It’s a significant concern; as noted by the World Health Organization (WHO), outdoor air pollution contributes to 6.7 percent of all deaths.

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Numbers Game: Plant Pollution And Zero Liquid Discharge

Numbers Game Plant Pollution And Zero Liquid DischargePower requires water—whether generated through coal-fired or biomass plants, or consumed by manufacturing facilities. Cooling towers are a prime example—in many cases they utilize more than 90 percent of a plant’s water supply. And despite best efforts, the resulting “blowdown” is often dumped after three or four cycles, creating both efficiency and pollution problems. As noted by Water World, however, the rise of effective Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technologies may now make it possible to create a closed system, reduce costs and ultimately improve environmental conditions.

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Water Wasters: Poorly-Maintained Cooling Towers Foul Up Savings

Water Wasters Poorly-Maintained Cooling Towers Foul Up SavingsMany commercial buildings depend on the efficient performance of water cooling towers. According to the Los Angeles Times, however, older towers are effectively “swamp coolers” in disguise, piping down water so corrosive it can’t be used for a second cycle. The result? Big money to cool even small spaces, along with a real risk of diseases like Legionnaires.

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We’re Heating Things Up This Winter at AHR Expo 2016!

AHR Expo 2016 GoodwayThings are heating up in the HVAC industry and we’ve got a front row seat. Kick off the new year with us in the sunny city of Orlando, Florida, at AHR Expo 2016, the world’s largest HVACR marketplace! From January 25-27, 2016, come see the most advanced products and innovative technology of the year, gain insight from over 2,000 exhibitors and seize the moment to network with more than 60,000 HVACR professionals all under one roof.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get an exclusive look at hundreds of new and innovative products that can help your business operate more quickly and efficiently, like our state-of-the-art TFC-200 that prevents growth of Legionella bacteria and our award-winning RAM-PRO-XL®, which received a coveted Gold Dealer Design Award, as well as earning honorable mention in the tools & instruments category for the 2014 AHR Innovation Awards.

Our award-winning RAM-PRO-XL features:

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  • Integrated TubeGuard® technology to help obliterate biofilm and protect tubes from corrosion
  • Complete all-in-one system for cleaning limescale and debris from the tower fill
  • Chain drive system for a smoother, more effective performance in challenging situations

 

Our Legionella-fighting TFC-200 features:

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  • A compact, all-in one system, that can be used virtually anywhere
  • 36” Stainless Steel extension wands for those hard-to-reach areas
  • 25” chemical resistant hose protecting from harsh, aggressive chemicals

Even better, we’ll be unveiling a very special surprise that will be a complete game-changer for the HVAC industry! We’re especially excited because this forthcoming year will also mark 50 years of Goodway providing innovative HVAC solutions that simplify maintenance tasks for people around the world. Come celebrate this tremendous milestone with us! Several other fun activities like contests, giveaways, product demos and an exclusive Cocktail party will also be occurring as this magical moment in trade show history unfolds.

This time around, all of the excitement will be taking place at booth #3444, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

Legionnaires Law: Cooling Towers Now Subject to Regular Inspection

In 1976, 182 Legionnaires came down with a severe case of pneumonia at a meeting of the American Legion in Philadelphia. Twenty-nine of them died—the cause of death was revealed as a new bacteria soon named Legionella pneumophila. Despite nearly forty years of research and mitigation efforts, however, Legionnaires disease remains a serious problem in highly-populated areas—now, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio have rolled out a new set of rules designed to quickly identify and hopefully stop the spread of this disease. Here’s what it means for businesses.

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New Report Suggests Serious Water Worries as States Strike Back at EPA Rule

New Report Suggests Serious Water Worries as States Strike Back at EPA RuleHow safe is American water? The debate has been raging for years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says businesses aren’t doing enough to safeguard both small and large waterways, while companies and state lawmakers alike claim that the agency is overstepping its bounds. As noted by EP Online, a new report now argues that EPA numbers about water pollution are serious underestimates, even as multiple states line up to challenge the new Clean Water Rule. Bottom line? This is a murky situation at best.

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Podcast: Ray Field Discusses How to Prevent or Mitigate Legionella Outbreaks

Goodway_Ray_FieldRecently we discussed the unusual Legionella outbreaks hitting New York City. In this post, we dive deeper into Legionella Outbreaks to discuss preventative maintenance practices and chemical solutions that minimize risk.

Ray Field, the Director of Goodway Liquid Solutions, talks about Legionnaires’ disease and legionella bacteria, as it relates to cooling towers. He begins by stating that 40% to 60% of cooling towers, through different studies, have shown that they’re positive for legionella.

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Bad Air in the Big Apple? “Unusual” Legionnaires Outbreak Hits New York City

Legionnaires Disease HVAC Cooling Tower

Odds are New York City has seen better summers. In addition to the sweltering weather, NYC is now dealing with a Legionnaires outbreak in the Bronx that’s infected over fifty people and killed four. Right now the city is searching for answers about origin and impact, while many citizens are left wondering just what kind of risk they face.

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Cooling Tower Cleaning From a Watery Perspective — Dive, Dive, Dive

One recurring challenge for every utility plant cooling system is cooling tower cleaning. That’s mainly due to deposits of particulates being brought into the cooling system from outside the system as well as particulates generated from within the system itself. This challenge is exasperated when the cooling tower is submerged in water. The types of particulates can vary greatly depending on the treatment, nature of the water and the location of the plant. For example, below is a video of a diver cleaning a potable water tower filled with sediment.

A few years ago, while transiting the Prussian Gulf and stopping off in Bahrain, (home of the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet), I was asked to assist in the evaluation of a cooling problem at a major power plant. As I worked my way methodically through, the issue became obvious to me – major inefficiency of the cooling towers!

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How New EPA Rules For Power Plants Affect Cooling Tower Maintenance – Part 2

Yesterday’s post discussed the winding path to new Clean Air Act greenhouse gas standards implementation being taken by the EPA’s updated rules for power plants. Now we want to firmly establish the tie-in to the cooling tower maintenance that you’re involved with every day. It’s important that we all understand the linkages between these ever-evolving regulations and our industry.

The cooling tower connection

What all of these new rules has to do with you, dear Just Venting reader, was already stated in Part 1’s introduction: cooling towers are vital to the power generation industry. They’re also near and dear to our hearts here at this blog. Their effective maintenance and efficient operation is crucial to the generation of ample and affordable power in this age of rising energy costs and impending energy scarcity. And anything that materially impacts the power generating industry, such as the EPA’s ongoing efforts to create and enforce new regulations on power plants, therefore materially impacts your business and ours. Energy efficiency and conservation in all areas is of paramount concern right now, including, somewhat ironically, in the power generation industry itself. More than ever, they have to make sure the equipment at their plants is running at maximum effectiveness.

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