Large Midwestern Electronics Div. of a Transportation Co. uses a local regeneration company that mistakenly mixes water purification resin with lead treated resin

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Courtesy of Separation Technologists, Inc.

'I just called a local water treatment dealer and a salesperson came to discuss the application. He recommended his fiberglass tanks for my operation...'

discussion:
A manufacturing engineer contacts a major USA water purification company with a local regeneration dealership to get a DI water supply for his cleaner. The dealership is an independently owned franchise that does not handle wastewater treatment resins but typically only water purification applications for laboratories hospitals, or dialysis patients. He talks to the sales person and unknowingly does not discuss his lead removal application; in addition, the sales person does not ask the correct questions. The lead contaminated resin is now mixed undoubtedly with many other customer's resins. It is very important to realize that the generator (user) is still legally liable for any ultimate misuse of resin containing lead regardless who is at fault.

lesson:
This is a case of how a manufacturing engineer who is not familiar with water treatment can allow himself to expose his own company to serious liability because he did not question the credentials of the vendor. If you do not know, the engineer should have spoken to a company that handles wastewater treatment applications and he would have avoided this problem.

summary:
In each of the above cases, manufacturing engineers including management lacking training in water, wastewater treatment, water recycling, and hazardous waste, made serious errors in their evaluations. The results were substantial engineering design team misapplications, inflexible designs, and the risk of subjecting their companies to serious unknown liability issues. The solution to many of the above problems is to at least talk to those companies that specialize in wastewater treatment.

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