Offshore platforms and drilling rigs are in essence a small community of people living and working at sea. Just like with community water systems reliability and safety are of vital importance. Your watermaker helps meet the need of your floating community, which is often located hundreds of miles from an alternative source of fresh, safe water. As this is the case, your watermaker is as important to you as any piece of production equipment. Watermaker manufacturers realize this and build water treatment systems that are built to last.Read More
Watermakers produce potable water that is safe for both human contact and consumption. As they meet such a critical need, offshore watermakers tend to have extensive safety features, durable components that can last a long time, and easy use and maintenance practices.
However, it’s also important to realize that you need to be prepared for what could happen if your watermaker ceases working at an inopportune moment. Without a properly working watermaker, you would either need to rely on emergency water deliveries or delay the use of your boat or offshore rig.
Watermakers are expensive; a brand-new unit can cost up to $150K. What’s more, improper maintenance can accelerate their replacement time line. However, the alternative does suggest good news. Keeping an eye on the health of individual parts of your watermaker, knowing when it’s best to replace each component, and practicing routine maintenance can extend the life of your offshore watermaker.Read More
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