Commercial water softeners and industrial water softening systems

large-water-softeners2Feedwater Ltd is a UK based Industrial water softener manufacturer, supplier and water treatment specialist with over 30 years experience in designing and installing commercial water softeners and industrial water softening systems.

Our comprehensive range of hard water softeners provide a cost effective way to overcome problems caused by hard water.

All our commercial water softeners combine design simplicity and rugged construction to ensure many years of reliable service.

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Not only can we design and build your system but we have a team of skilled installation technicians operating throughout the UK who can install it for you and provide an on-going water softener maintenance service to ensure that it continues to work at its best.

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Where are our Commercial water softeners used?

  • Hospitals and Healthcare
  • Commercial Office Blocks and Building Services
  • Hotel Water Softeners
  • Laundry Water Softeners
  • Industrial Manufacturers
  • Bakers and Commercial Kitchens
  • Industrial Food Processing
  • Steam Boiler Water Softeners
  • Cooling Water Softening
  • Humidification and Air Conditioning

What are the benefits of a Feedwater Softener?

  • Reduced maintenance and extended equipment life
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Better and easier cleaning
  • No more soap scum
  • No scale formation

Comprehensive Range

  • Flow rates from a few litres to 48m3/hr and beyond
  • Automatic regeneration
  • Simplicity and reliability
  • Cost-effective
  • Water softener installation service
  • Bespoke design and manufacture

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What is “Hard” Water?

water-softener-diagram-smallHardness in water is caused by naturally occurring salts of calcium and magnesium which are found to varying degrees in all water sources.

The higher the concentration of these salts, the “harder” the water is. Hard water gets its name from the fact that these calcium and magnesium salts react with soap and detergent forming an insoluble scum and making it “hard” to make a lather.

This is a costly problem for a commercial laundry and greatly increases the house keeping work load in a hotel, making a hard water softener an essential requirement.

Hard water not only makes washing with soap and detergent more difficult and costly – it also forms scale / limescale when the water is heated.

Heating hard water causes the previously soluble calcium and magnesium salts to become insoluble and forms a rock-like deposit on the heat transfer surface.

What problems does scale / limescale cause?

  • Increased Energy Costs – The scale acts as insulation, dramatically reducing heating or cooling efficiency and adding to your energy costs. In many industrial and commercial applications a cooling water softener or boiler feed water softener will rapidly pay for itself in reduced energy costs.
  • Increased Pumping Costs and Wear – Scale reduces the internal bore of pipework, which causes impaired flow and increased pumping costs as the pumps must work harder to deliver the required water volume.
  • Overheating and Hot-Spots – Because scale is an insulator, it can cause hot spots to form on heat transfer surfaces as heat is not conducted away fast enough. In a steam boiler this over-heating can cause potentially disastrous failure, making an efficient boiler water softener an essential part of the feed water treatment system.

How does a Water Softener work? / What does an Ion Exchange Water Softener do?

A hard water softener contains a solid media called an ion exchange resin which the replaces the “hard” salts of calcium and magnesium for “soft” salts of sodium which do not form scale or soap scum.

This is a long-established and reliable chemical process. As the ion exchange resin softens the water, it gradually becomes exhausted and is regenerated using a brine solution made from inexpensive granular or tablet salt. This automatic regeneration involves backwash, brine-draw and rinsing cycles, during which the accumulated hardness is washed from the resin to drain.

The regeneration is normally automatically initiated by a built-in time clock or volumetric water meter. Where a continuous soft water supply is required then this can be achieved by duty/standby duplex, twin-tank or multi-stream arrangements.

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If you want more information on our commercial water softeners and solutions to hard water problems, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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