November 2006

Bonus Report: Water Management

Avoid failures in waterside utility systems

Use these preventive steps to improve operations and reliability of process water treatment units

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Avoiding failure in waterside utility systems starts with these three steps: Gathering good data at the proper frequency Properly interpreting the data Implementing corrective action with the right level of urgency. If maintaining system reliability seems so simple, why do systems continue to fail? Perhaps because organizations do not implement proven strategies to reduce the risk of failure such as completing a vulnerability assessment, creating emergency response procedures, conducting operator training drills and creating a crises management plan. Several case histories illustrate the sequence of events that led to either failure or failure avoidance. UTILITIES – THE

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