Boiler Feed Water System Water Treatment

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For industrial companies using a boiler for its facility, some type of boiler feed water treatment system is usually necessary to ensure an efficient process and quality steam generation. The most appropriate boiler feed water treatment system will help the facility avoid costly plant downtime, expensive maintenance fees, and boiler failure as a result of scaling, corrosion, and fouling of the boiler and downstream equipment.

But what is a boiler feed water treatment system and how does it work?

The complex answer to this question (which largely depends on the quality and quantity of makeup water needed for the boiler on an individual basis) is simplified and broken down for you below:

What is a boiler feed water treatment system?

A boiler feed water treatment system is a system made up of several individual technologies that address your specific boiler feed water treatment needs.

Treating boiler feed water is essential for both high- and low-pressure boilers. Ensuring the correct treatment is implemented before problems such as fouling, scaling, and corrosion occur, will go a long way in avoiding costly replacements/upgrades down the line.

An efficient and well-designed boiler feed water treatment system should be able to:

  1. Efficiently treat boiler feed water and remove harmful impurities prior to entering the boiler

  2. Promote internal boiler chemistry control

  3.  Maximize use of steam condensate

  4. Control return-line corrosion

  5. Avoid plant downtime and boiler failure

  6. Prolong equipment service life

What’s included in a basic boiler feed water treatment system?

As mentioned above, the exact components of a boiler feed water treatment system depend on the quality of water being drawn from in relation to the quality of water makeup needed for the specific boiler (according to the manufacturer’s recommendations), but in general.

A basic boiler feed water treatment system typically includes some type of:

  1. Filtration/ultrafiltration

  2. Ion exchange/softening

  3. Membrane processes such as reverse osmosis and nanofiltration

  4. Deaeration/ degasification

  5. Coagulation/chemical precipitation



Depending on the impurities present in your water, any combination of these treatments might best suit your facility and make up your treatment system, and depending on the needs of your plant and process, these standard components are usually adequate. However, if your plant requires a system that provides a bit more customization, there might be some features or technologies you will need to add on.


Whether BurrowX is implementing the newest innovation in water treatment or simply balancing water treatment facilities, we are committed to providing excellent service for those who trust us with their water. If you’re having water treatment issues and need an expert to solve your problems, contact us today.

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