May 2000

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HP Water Management: Are you thinking about water reuse?

Water reuse decisions are driven by the cost of water, availability, water-discharge restrictions and public relations. There are many water reuse opportunities in refineries, as shown ..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Water reuse decisions are driven by the cost of water, availability, water-discharge restrictions and public relations. There are many water reuse opportunities in refineries, as shown in Table 1. The first step in a water reuse project is to create a detailed, plantwide water balance. The water balance must include typical and peak flows, as well as noncontinuous flows such as washing procedures. It is helpful to include pump ratings, transfer-line sizes and typical pressure data. Storage tanks are particularly important, since these reservoirs can reduce the maximum flow requirements resulting from changes in demand or

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