If you work on or maintain a boat, offshore rig, or offshore oil or gas production platform, you know that one of your most important consumables is fresh, potable water. The saltwater with which you’re surrounded is filled with not only salt but also refuse, seaweed, silt, and other contaminants that can make it unsafe for regular use.
Through the process of reverse osmosis, you can take any kind of water; filter, neutralize, and disinfect it; and get fresh water as an output. A device known as a watermaker harnesses the power of reverse osmosis and uses specialized protocols to make sure that the processed water is safe for drinking—and safe for long-term storage.
A watermaker depends, in part, on a fine-tuned high-pressure pump to drive the integral reverse osmosis process. It’s important to know how your watermaker works, what the unsafe conditions for your high-pressure pump may be, and how to maintain your system to ensure a constant source of safe water.Read More