March 16, 2007 -- When an existing client came to IFM and asked for help with the design and construction of a Water Vending Kiosk, both client and vendor were stepping into new territory. The client, a large semi-p...

REGIONAL WATER SERVICES PROVIDER CASHES IN ON PURIFIED WATER VENDING

When an existing client came to IFM and asked for help with the design and construction of a Water Vending Kiosk, both client and vendor were stepping into new territory.

The client, a large semi-public provider of municipal water and wastewater services, wanted to reach out to their communities and provide high quality purified drinking water in stand alone vending kiosks.

IFM typically provides equipment and services on much larger systems. However, some of IFM's staff has experience with servicing similar vending devices inside supermarkets. Their insight into the challenges of providing this type of drinking water service was invaluble.

Two major challenges were identified: providing high purity water from robust technologies while fitting them into a small building space and providing a level of service on these devices that assured the public purified water at a minimal expense.

The treatment design includes eight different water technologies including ion exchange, carbon absorption, reverse osmosis, ultraviolet disinfection and sub-micron filtration. The system produces up to 1,500 gallons of purified drinking water per day, and is expandable.

A rigorous daily, weekly and monthly maintenance schedule is followed, providing aesthetic cleanliness, equipment operation and preventive disinfections of all systems and piping. Follow-up testing includes monthly bacteriological sampling and V.O.C./metals and hydrocarbon testing.

To date, the client has opened two vending stations and has plans for two more in high traffic urban areas. They are very pleased with the service they are providing their customers while expecting an expedient return on their investment.