One of our pool distributors, Total Pool Filtration Ltd in the UK, was appointed to install microfiltration at Stretford Sports Village on behalf of Trafford Leisure.
The existing steel filters had reached the end of their life and needed replacement. As the site is also now coming to the end of its lifespan, Trafford Leisure faced the problem of spending money on a facility that would be redundant in the near future.
Filter refurbishments can often be very difficult in established plant rooms, and the one at Stretford is no exception.
Access into the plant room for removal and replacement of conventional filters would have meant some major construction work as part of the plant room roof would have to be removed. This would have caused pool closure for a period of time and would have been costly.
Total Pool Filtration was asked to provide a proposal for our microfiltration pool system, which uses membrane filtration rather than sand filtration.
The system has many benefits, including full automation, significant water and chemical savings, and unrivaled water quality. Conventional pool filters remove particulates ranging from 6-10 microns, whereas the LiqTech ceramic membrane pool system removes particles as small as 2-3 microns. Hence, the water clarity is vastly improved.
LiqTech microfiltration pool system was an ideal choice as the system could be brought into the plant room through pedestrian access, meaning the roof would not have to be removed.
The compact system has been located in a redundant corridor at the end of the plant room, so they also saved the expense of cutting up and removing the old filters.
The whole installation was taken care of with no interruption, which meant that the public could retain full use of the facility. To fit sand filters would have caused the pool to be closed for up to 4 weeks with an estimated loss of revenue of £50,000.
Finally, when the pool facility is replaced, the microfiltration system can be easily dismantled and relocated to the new site, saving Trafford Leisure the cost of new filters.
The key benefits of the system are:
- 3-micron filtration that removes finer particulates compared to sand filtration (10-15 micron)
- Compact footprint
- Fully automated operation and cleaning cycle
- Energy savings as the lower pressure drop across the system is maintained
- Water savings due to more efficient backwash
- Chlorine savings due to reduced need for top-up water
- 24/7 remote monitoring by TPF and manufacturer
Twenty months down the line, Total Pool Filtration can show some very encouraging feedback regarding savings in utilities and chlorine consumption achieved at Stretford.