Water Works, Inc. (San Diego, CA) announces the completed installation of its purified water system for UC San Diego Health- Hillcrest, the region's only academic medical center. The new water purification system will be supporting hospital operations such as diluting, compounding, and instrument washing.
One of the unique challenges of this project was replacing the severely outdated large-footprint equipment while creating minimal impact on hospital operations. To this end, the Water Works, Inc. team designed a custom space-saving skid-mounted system that was assembled and tested at our San Diego manufacturing facility. The purified water system was delivered to the hospital site and installed within hours, minimizing time and cost of installation.
To deliver superior performance and to comply with hospital fire rating requirements, the Water Works team constructed the system using 25/50 fire-rated IR-fused PVDF piping. Unlike manual heat fusion, the infra-red (IR) fusion is a computer controlled process that uses radial heat, delivering the highest purity weld. This strong and uniform piping weld is one the key elements essential for the longevity of the ultra-pure water system.
In order to optimize the use of capital, Water Works engineers proposed the use of a high-efficiency pumpless reverse osmosis (RO) purification system that purifies water at the top level of purity needed for hospital applications.
To ensure a continuous supply of purified water, the installation included redundant pumps and storage tanks (see image 2).
Another important element of the installation was the use of a high-efficiency low-pressure water purification system. While the previous system operated at 200 psi, its replacement delivered superior performance at 50 psi. This 75% reduction in pressure allowed for the use of less expensive low pressure components, reduced stress on the rest of the hospital piping (minimizing leaks), and improved system reliability as a whole.
The hospital water purification operations is now powered by a high efficiency low-pressure RO purification system. In addition to superior performance and 4x footprint reduction, the 75% reduction in pressure levels increased system's reliability, reduced capital investment and and operation cost.