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Boiler Upgrade Reduces Environmental Impact

July 28, 2014

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    The new automated chemical feeder being installed.
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    Each container will be hooked up to a feeder, which automatically allows just the right amount of chemical into the boiler.
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    Dave Burgess, a maintenance engineer with facilities, updates the computer system that manages the automated chemical feeder.
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    An automated vent valve that lets steam out when there is too much in the system, which avoids build-up of steam condensation and so prevents corrosion.
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    Water treatment barrels, which cause a chemical reaction in the water that ionizes minerals in the water.
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    LC's oldest boiler, installed in the basement of Akin in 1942 - and still running strong!
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    LC's oldest boiler, installed in the basement of Akin in 1942.

The main boilers - located behind Pamplin - are responsible for heating the athletic and academic buildings on campus. They are receiving an upgrade that will save the college resources, money, and overall produce less waste for the environment. Water is highly corrosive, so boiler water must be treated and be removed of excess minerals in order to reduce corrosion and increase the lifespan of boiler pipes.

In the past, chemical levels in the water had to be manually tested and adjusted. The new system will automatically read the pH, softness, and overall quality of the water and determine how much chemical the water needs, if any. This will save on not only manpower, but on resources as well. The system will use fewer types of chemicals and less overall, which is good for both the environment and the college!

For more information:

Scott Lege, slege@lclark.edu or (503) 768-7843
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