Preventing Scale and Bacteria With 2 Mile Pipe Distribution
When Glen Hyde was developing his airport hanger loft condos in 2001, he knew that his 50 grain hard Texas well water would scale the pipe in the 2 mile water distribution system, particularly if he was chlorinating the water as the state of Texas had required.
Further, softening the water would add operating expenses for this private airport and labor requirements not available when he was required to fly to a client’s plane and in some cases rebuild a jet engine over a number of days. Hyde also did not believe the brine discharge or “soapy” shower water was very desirable for his property owners.
Hyde’s first step was to attend the state of Texas courses in order to get himself certified as a water district operator, a requirement in numerous states when a community well serves more than six residences. Secondly, Hyde needed an “Environmental Technology” application for his hybrid system.
Certified Water District Operator Glen Hyde knew that if chlorine was required in his two inch, two mile distribution network that he would shortly have flow problems due to scale and softening. This was prohibitively expensive in terms of maintenance and time.
Hyde knew the challenge was to get bicarbonate calcium to prevent scale buildup across the 2 miles the PVC distribution system ran. Hyde figured that the ionization levels from his water treatment strategy could be measured at the furthest point to confirm viable scale and bacteria control, and knew he needed Texas approval to pellet chlorinate at the well, remove all of the chlorine with a granular activated carbon tower (90 GPM) and insert an electronic ionization and oxygenation system post GAC filter and in line.
Hyde was an early student of bicarbonate CA2H (CO3) vs. carbonate calcium (CACO3) and had no automatic dishwashers only laundry in his planned 160, 1 bedroom lofts. He secured his Watercheck® analysis to confirm nearly all of his hardness was calcium and secured the necessary filters and valves from the local Culligan distributor. Chlorine is measured prior to the GAC filter at about 1.0ppm, after the filter at ZERO, and ionization at .1ppm at the furthest controlled faucet, 2 miles from the treatment point.
The flower mound hangers get the final benefit of both chlorine and copper ionization for microbe control but none of the chlorine goes out in the distribution network or into the airport condo residences. “The customers like that the best,” Hyde noted.
Founder and CEO of ECOsmarte
Couture is the founder of, ECOsmarte, Mpls./MN, the World leader in Chemical and Salt-Free water technology since 1994. ECOsmarte’s technology has roots in NASA.