Technicians perform a deep clean to remove Legionella risk. All our technicians have food safety understanding and experience, which is paramount when it comes to this clean – the risk of contracting listeria and other pathogens is high. Compliance cleans are also completed, to meet AS/NZS 3666.
A water-cooling tower (WCT) is a specialized heat exchanger that brings water in direct contact with air, to reduce the temperature of the water. The heat recovered can be used in other factory processes, increasing energy efficiencies for the plant.
Most food processing factories have cooling towers, especially as part of their plant. Normally they are used to cool water that is either going to be reused or is about to enter the wastewater system.
A cooling tower works by running air and water through fill.
Hot water travels down, while cold air is pushed up through the water, cooling it. The minerals in the water, like calcium, build up on the fill – we call this ‘barnacles’. These barnacles stop the water flowing down, and the air getting up, therefore they massively decrease the efficiency of the cooling tower. Mineral build-up like this needs to be removed. Sometimes it can be dislodged with pressure washing, otherwise we use an acid to soften it first.
Not everyone can clean cooling towers. Many of our customers have unknowingly employed inexperienced contractors to clean their towers who have done a poor job. Often, they will have used too much pressure and broken delicate parts of the system. To best protect your assets, make sure your cleaning contractor understands and is experienced in water cooling tower cleaning.
Legionella is a bacterium that thrives in wet environments, especially warm ones. In a cooling tower, there are many warm, wet surfaces. This is a perfect breeding ground for Legionella, therefore there is a risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease when cleaning them. Legionnaires’ disease is a severe pneumonia that can be fatal.
Water cooling tower cleaning can also be confined space entry. This means you need trained technicians, and full job safety and area analysis plans and emergency recovery plans completed and signed on by all parties before work commences.
We have a unique standard operating procedure for cooling towers that includes a multi-stakeholder agreement. This is the special requirements of every stakeholder – e.g the government, your factory, the tower manufacturer, the people who treat your water etc. – all put together into one process for our technicians to follow. Our customers have found this extremely helpful and efficient as opposed to every stakeholder caring only about their individual needs that often conflict with those of other stakeholders.
Our technicians work by a very detailed water-cooling tower standard operating procedure (SOP). If you would like a copy of this SOP, please email email@example.com.
Here is a summary of the steps involved:
The cooling tower cleaning experience of our technicians is really important to us, and they have been mentored by a Water Treatment expert at our local dairy factory in Hawera. Over the years, he has given them feedback on their methods, and taught them all the risks and tricks they know.
If our technicians follow our SOP thoroughly, and wear all the correct PPE, this process is safe.
The SOP embraces:
To ensure they are competent to undertake this work, our technicians are qualified in: