Technology solutions to change…

The energy of change

Technology solutions to change…

The importance of water analysis


Today we shall stop and reflect on one of the matters of great concern, namely water being an essential resource for life. The ex-ante analysis of this resource, together with its components, are just as important as the efficient construction and the correct operation of a water plant. Only in this way can its quality be identified which will help to determine for what type of supply it will be conducive.

Foto interior

Water is an essential compound for life, a liquid which is characterized for having greater density in a liquid state than in a solid one. It has high thermal conductivity and a strong ionizing power, a high dielectric constant as well as high solvating power. All of these characteristics allow us to determine its state but not its composition. Only by monitoring it and applying certain parameters that depend on the origin, treatment and ultimate destination can we determine its constituent. The chemical composition of water is essential to identify any possible incompatibility with certain treatments.

Hard water treatment requires a greater focus on the technology used.

Hard water (with high concentrations of calcium and magnesium) and notably bicarbonates (with high levels of alkalinity) may form incrustations, and this therefore means that water treatment in this case has a greater focus on the technology used. Some parts per million of iron dissolved in water can augur a possible future oxidization.

However, the chemical composition of water, while important, is not the only factor that should be considered. It is also necessary to take into account characteristics such as the origin, operation system and its subsequent treatment, among others.

Water analysis is of paramount importance when it comes to being able to obtain a diagnosis if a problem arises.

In terms of the process, a knowledge of the technology involved is highly important, in addition to its particular operating features, as this determines the cause/effect relationship at all times, which in turn, results in specific chemical compounds along the way. If water’s chemical compounds are not known beforehand, it would be very hard for us to obtain a diagnosis if a problem arises, never mind being able to corroborate possible scenarios.

We can therefore affirm that a full understanding of the input parameters in a water plant makes up a further piece of the puzzle which, together with the knowledge of the technology, allows us to have to a broad and general view of what is happening, and thereby equips us to provide a realistic approach to the problem.

Water quality has a direct influence on the performance of the equipment and the overall production of the industrial plant. The chemical composition of the plant represents the initial step towards the solution to a possible problem. Without it, all the hypotheses offered could not be verified, and any solutions would not be the right ones, or they would have to be applied very carefully as the nature of the contamination is unknown.

Israel Amores

Israel Amores, Technical Management Engineer, Abengoa Services.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Abengoa ensures the confidentiality of the information provided by you through this form and with the purpose solely and exclusively of answering your questions or suggestions. Abengoa guarantees that this information will not be provided to third parties in any case. Pursuant to the provisions set forth in Spanish Organic Law 15/1999 of 13 December on the Protection of Personal Data and in the European Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), we hereby inform you that you may exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancellation, opposition, portability and limitation by sending a letter with the reference "Protection of Data" stating your request, along with a copy of your National Identity Document, to or

Likewise, you may contact the Company's DPO “Data Protection Officer” to clarify any question you may have concerning the treatment of your personal data.

Abengoa S.A. is the company responsible for the treatment of your personal data with address in Campus Palmas Altas, Calle Energía Solar 1, 41014 Seville, Spain.

Most read posts