No matter what the quality of the operational program, the way that it is implemented will have a dramatic impact on the overall risk associated with a cooling tower system.
There needs to be a standard maintenance and cleaning program. The following risks should be addressed:
• Stagnant water
• Nutrient growth
• Poor water quality.
A well structured operational program will include the following components:
• Competent personnel trained for the tasks
• HCC test
• Legionella testing
• Performance measures
The operation and maintenance of a cooling tower is not a task that can be performed by personnel without appropriate skills and experience. People involved should have a skill level appropriate to the task they are required to perform. Skills can be obtained by practical instruction and/or formal training.
Service is also key to a reliable operations program. Make sure your current water treatment provider is able to offer options that prolong the life of your towers.
Source: University of Melbourne