Water company lands plum treatment chemicals contract
23 April 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202018838
AQUAMARINE Water Solutions has been appointed sole distributor of the Aquatech range of MEMGARD water treatment chemicals in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
According to Ronald Pillay, Engineering Manager at Aquamarine Water Solutions, this NSF-approved chemical range is tailored for use as membrane antiscalants and membrane cleaning chemicals.
Sourced from USA-based Aquatech, the range consists of MEMGARD 6000 & 6002 membrane antiscalants and MEMGARD 6016 & 6017 membrane cleaners. “The patented antiscalant chemistry effectively controls scaling species such as calcium carbonate, calcium sulphate, silica, barium sulphate and strontium scaling species, among others.”
Pillay said projections conducted over a number of water treatment sources showed that up to 10% savings can be achieved by using MEMGARD antiscalants when compared to competitor brands.
He said two primary factors that influenced Aquatech in selecting Aquamarine for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa distribution were its association with parent company Murray & Roberts and the value that Aquatech adds to their products.
These include the ability to offer engineering support to their customers, and being able to stock high and distribute quickly -another key distinguishing factor.
“Having a distribution partner enables us to stock sufficient product to service the local market and provide good lead times from order to delivery,” Pillay said. He added that delivery could take place between one and three days subsequent to receiving a purchase order.
As part of its MEMGARD offering to OEMs and bulk purchase customers, Aquamarine provides free membrane autopsies.
“If any of our bulk purchasers experience unresolved challenges with their membranes, we offer to dispatch one membrane per year to our manufacturers’ laboratory where testing and analysis takes place free of charge,” Pillay said.
Also available from Aquamarine is the Aquatech MEMGARD Dose Wizard, software that predicts the scaling indices for a client’s water chemistry. The software is designed to provide the appropriate dosage based on one’s system design and specific water chemistry.
It also provides guidance on the best choice of antiscalant chemicals to use for one’s RO plant.
“The application is based on a proven and tested software design from an internationally acclaimed organisation, further incorporating precipitation limits and 3D graphs for various saturation species/
“One of the benefits to customers using MEMGARD chemicals is the savings experienced from lower chemical doses. It is a chemical range that has a much better price point and, once you consider the additional savings from discounts applied to bulk orders, a plant can have its operational and maintenance costs substantially reduced,” Pillay said.