Weekly Intake: A Water Intake Systems Blog

Don’t wait until your permits expire to update your intake system

By Michael Stock

 

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Updating your facility's technology and equipment is something that most of us are a bit hesitant to do unless updated permits and regulations require it, primarily because it can be expensive. While updating your water intake system and traveling water screens with the latest technology does require an initial investment up front, it can actually help you save money in the long run.

 

Save your facility's other equipment

Adding new traveling water screens can make your water intake system run more efficiently. Newer screens might have better filtering capabilities than your old screens, which means the facility is getting water with less debris. Starting your processes with clearer water can mean less work for some of your other equipment.

 

Save time and money

I know this seems to contradict what I said before, but in some cases adding new traveling water screens to your intake system can actually SAVE money. For example, it may be cheaper to buy new screens than spending the time and money on parts to repair your current screens. The more downtime your system has, the more money it ends up costing in the long run.

 

Save fish and aquatic life

Many of the more technologically advanced screens, like our Modified Ristroph screens, can help minimize ecological impacts by preventing unnecessary harm to fish and other aquatic life. With molded buckets to protect the fish from turbulence and screens that are less abrasive on scales, these screens are very fish friendly.

Currently, these types of technologies are only required by the EPA for facilities that take in more than 2 million gallons a day for cooling; but they can be very beneficial to facilities of all sizes.

If you are interested in learning more about our Modified Ristroph traveling water screens and how they can be integrated into your water intake system, download our guide, Features & Benefits EPA Compliant BTA Fish Handling Water Screen. The fish will thank you!

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