Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the VRTX Technology and product offering. If you have a question that does not appear in the list, please CONTACT US and we'll be glad to answer.
Q: I’ve heard non-chemical systems don’t work. How is VRTX different?
The VRTX technology is completely different from magnets, electromagnetic, or electrochemical systems. Our patented Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation technology physically removes calcium carbonate (scale) from the water, kills bacteria, and elevates pH to minimize corrosion.
Q: Can VRTX treat very hard water?
VRTX can treat systems across a wide range of water qualities, and provides excellent scale control in hard water environments. Our systems are installed across North America, Europe, and Australia.
Q: Is VRTX treatment effective in large AND small systems?
We currently treat systems from 200 to 15,000 Tons. The recent introduction of the VRTX ‘Mini’ provides an economical and reliable solution for systems down to 20 Tons.
Q: Why does the VRTX solution include filtration?
VRTX Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation technology precipitates scale before it reaches heat transfer surfaces. Our filtration system removes this scale from the cooling water. Physically removing scale allows towers to operate at higher cycles of concentration, which saves water.
Filtration also removes dirt and debris that collects in open cooling systems. Clean systems run more efficiently and consume significantly less energy. Sediment deposits can often result in Microbiologically-Induced Corrosion (MIC) as anaerobic bacteria can corrode tower metals causing leaks, loss of water and the additional biological fouling.
Q: How clean should my cooling water be?
Fouling from dirt and debris is a significant contributor to inefficient cooling system operations and unnecessary maintenance costs. Your cooling water should be as clear as a swimming pool. VRTX provides this level of clarity.
Q: How does the VRTX filtration offering compare to other filters currently available?
The remarkable cleanliness of a VRTX-treated system is due to our superior filter offering. VRTX combines industry-leading centrifugal separation with a stainless-steel mesh screen to filter both heavier and lighter-than-water particles. Our filtration solution also uses self-cleaning filters to eliminate the need to change media, bags or cartridges.
VRTX is focused on water conservation. While other solutions sometimes require virgin water for filter backwashing; our systems are engineered to utilize blowdown water only for this purpose.
Our filter systems also include a proprietary intake manifold and sweeper system, which directs dirt and debris away from process intakes and toward filter suction.
Q: Can I reuse my blowdown for other purposes?
Yes. VRTX does not rely on chemicals to provide excellent water treatment. Because the blowdown from a VRTX-treated system is chemical free, it may be re-used for a number of non-potable applications pending local regulation. VRTX customers use blowdown for irrigation, green roofs, landscape ponds, or simply discharge to storm drains to avoid sewer charges.
Q: Can VRTX control bacteria/Legionella?
VRTX does an excellent job of controlling bacteria, including Legionella. VRTX is the only non-chemical technology that is compliant with the United Kingdom’s L-8 Legionella standard, which is widely considered to be the most stringent in the world. If a system has "dead" areas where water flow is stagnant, VRTX can also include a Copper/Silver ionizer when necessary.