Switch to Solids Helps Government Facilities Increase Safety and Reduce Costs

Government facilities are under constant pressure to operate safely, efficiently, and cost effectively. Since 2002, hundreds of federal, state and local government facilities have made the switch to AP Tech’s solids. They are eager to remove the risks associated with shipping, receiving and handling 300-pound, 55-gallon drums of liquid chemicals. Solids remove this risk with easy- and safe-to-carry solids, a case of solids weighing only 44-pounds will replace an entire drum of liquids.

Solid chemistry for water treatment provides environmental and risk management advantages important to government facilities:
  • Solids are an innovative choice to keep boilers, cooling towers, chillers and closed loop systems running at optimum efficiency and in prime condition.
  • All APTech Group products are developed and produced using the EPA’s Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry, emphasizing safety, efficiency and conservation of resources.
  • Solids are safer than liquids to transport, handle, store and dispose of containers.
  • Minimize too warm or too cool complaints.
  • Reduce water consumption and save on energy costs.
  • Reduce maintenance and chemical handling time.

Government customers and contractors also appreciate the excellent service provided by our select GSA contract water treatment partners. These firms are familiar with serving government customers and secure facilities. Our distribution network of water treatment partners can deliver the environmental and risk reduction benefits of solid chemistry water treatment virtually anywhere.

In many cases, our water treatment partners serve as subcontractors to facilities management contractors holding GSA 03FAC contracts. Our distribution network spans the full range of socioeconomic categories, from multi-national corporations to certified small and disadvantaged businesses.

AP Tech and its government and GSA contract water treatment partners are able to provide sales support and technical support to help facilities management professionals make the switch to solids with existing customers and to win new business.

Case Study – Solids Bring Success to Federal Buildings

Water Treatment Challenge:

One of APTech water treatment partners began treating systems at a large federal facility. At the time of start-up, the cooling towers and chillers were six months old. The commercial center had just replaced 2 x 800-ton chillers and a 300-ton chiller with two new 900-ton chillers and a 400-ton chiller. They also replaced the cooling towers with new stainless-steel Marley cooling towers.

After only six months of operation, the cooling tower fill had accumulated 1/4 of scale in some areas. So much scale had built-up inside the fill that it began to crumble and stack up at the bottom near the basin due to the weight. The basin of the tower, below the water line, and the cooling tower hot distribution decks were also very scaled.

Solving the Water Treatment Challenge with Solids:

It wasn’t until the following year that our partner was able to see the inside of the chillers. They began boosting the program with an online cleaner (OLC-STX) in the beginning and then later switched to feeding the OLC-C from a solid feeder.

They began seeing results almost immediately. Within a couple of months, the scale got thinner inside the fill. After about five months, the scale that had formed on the cooling tower basin had also started to become thin and even began flaking from the basin. After a little over one year the cooling tower fill was almost completely clean and the basin scale had gone from 1/4″ in thickness to eggshell-thin and flaking away.

Our partner has since been awarded 14 additional buildings due largely in part to the success we have had in with the towers and chillers at this commercial center. It has been over five years since the OLC product started being used at this facility. Although there are some small areas on the basin that still have thin scale present, the towers are in great shape.