New Technology Solves Age-Old Problems at Fort Sill


OneFlow tanks appear to be standing at attention, shoulder to shoulder, waiting for instructions from their drill sergeant, when in fact these tanks are protecting the domestic water system in the army training barracks at Fort Sill, OK.

A daunting challenge for the mechanical contractor is how to provide scale protection for domestic water systems at a rate of 632 gallons per minute – with a water quality defined as “very hard.”

At 10 grains of hardness per gallon, water is considered hard, and over time, calcium and bicarbonate scale become a problem for system components. The water at Ft. Sill measures a whopping 27 grains per gallon.

“One plan was to use a commercial, salt-based water softener,” said O.G. Mills, VP of Tulsa-based OK Sales. “But the four tanks needed wouldn’t fit through the mechanical room door, and once inside, would’ve taken up far too much space. On top of that, the sheer amount of salt used to regenerate the water softeners would have required additional storage, constant attention from a service tech and an expense to treat all the water that would have made it nearly cost prohibitive.”

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