2013 Water Purification Survey Results

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Many labs or their parent organizations maintain dedicated plants to transform municipal water into a product labs can trust for routine jobs. To take water to the next level requires a separate, additional process. Successful water system designs begin with clear, precise definitions of user needs.

Top 4 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Lab Water Purification System

  1. What do you need the water for? What is your application & what type of water is needed? What is the source of your current water? How much water is required per batch/day? Are there special requirements for delivery?
  2. What is your budget? (This will determine the technology). What is the cost of ownership over five years?
  3. Where do you need the system in the lab(s)? Consider: top of counter, under counter or wall mounting the unit. What is the overall footprint/real estate of the system(s) and components?
  4. What kind of warranty and service is provided? Is the system manufactured to quality standards and which ones? Is this a pharmaceutical application that needs to be validated?

The ASTM Standards Lab Water purity level required by survey respondents:

ASTM Type I 51%
ASTM Type II 29%
ASTM Type III 12%
Other 8%

The ASTM Standards Lab Water purity level required by survey respondents:

Dissolved inorganics (solids and gases) 59%
Particulates 50%
Dissolved organics 45%
Microorganisms 37%
Pyrogens 11%
Other 7%

Respondents are using the following purification techniques to remove relevant contaminants:

Deionization 27%
Reverse osmosis 21%
Ultrafiltration 17%
Activated carbon filtration 8%
Distillation 7%
Microporous filtration 5%
Ultraviolet oxidation 4%
Other 10%

Top ten features/factors survey respondents look for when buying a water purification system:

Low maintenance / easy to clean 97%
Ease of use 95%
Availability of supplies and accessories 94%
Durability of product 94%
Performance of product 94%
Value for price paid 89%
Low operating costs 88%
Warranties 85%
Total cost of ownership 82%
Service and support 80%

Survey respondents are using the following water purification system components:

Storage tank 55%
Dispensing points 53%
Water quality monitor 46%
UV sterilizer 43%
Polisher 36%
Distiller 22%
Water softener 14%
Other 4%

Labs track & record the purity of output from their water purification system in the following ways:

Manual record keeping 40%
Visual check of display 28%
No tracking or recording 24%
Software within the water purification system 7%

Completed Surveys: 204

For more information on water purification systems, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/water-purification

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