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217 Industrial Water Week 2021: Cooling Wednesday

Industrial Water Week 2021, Cooling Wednesday, Legionella Awareness Month, LegionellaToday is all about cooling. I’ve always gravitated more towards cooling than any other aspect of water treatment. I am a student of all industrial water treatment areas, but there is just something about cooling that I have always connected with. Do you have a specific area of water treatment that you tend to lean towards?

Well, today we are talking about cooling and here’s a brief history lesson for you. The first air conditioner was developed in 1902 by Willis Carrier who invented it to remove humidity from a printing plant. By 1933 the model for the modern air conditioner was developedAnd for those of you who are thinking, yes Trace, but I’m sure all of those coolers have been phased out over the past 100 years, let me tell you that I get the privilege to treat the oldest chiller in the Atlanta area, it was built in 1940s, and it’s still running great.

Being able to be part of history is such a privilege, just think of all the inventions along the way that got us to where we are today. The more you know about history, the more you can appreciate it

Where would we be without coolers and where would you be without them? They are just the coolest pieces of technology. Join me on today’s episode as we celebrate Cooling Wednesday in this year’s Industrial Water Week. 

Your roadside friend, as you travel from client to client. 




Welcome to Cooling Wednesday [00:01]

The history of air conditioning and how we got the modern cooler [01:58]

Cooling Jeopardy [03:31]

Detective H2O [05:30]

James’ Mini-Challenge: post a picture from inside a cooling tower’s plenum area, looking up  [15:30]

How to explain cooling tower feed to a customer [18:30]

Brett Alexander shares what to keep in mind when it comes to riser pipes  [22:10]   [138]

Bryan Hayward talks about filtration [24:30]

How are you going to celebrate Cooling Wednesday [27:00]



“Happy Industrial Water Week!”  – James McDonald

“The more you know about history, the more you can appreciate it.” – Trace Blackmore

“It’s my hope that someday every single cooling tower has filtration on it so we can get all this debris out of it.” – Trace Blackmore


Links Mentioned:

Industrial Water Week 

The Rising Tide Mastermind

Episode 161 – 2020 Cooling 

Episode 199 -Cooling Towers and Legionella with  Chris Nagel

Episode 137 – Cooling Towers, part 1 with Brett Alexander

Episode 138 –  Cooling Towers, part 2 with Brett Alexander

Episode 108 – Cooling Tower Feed

Episode 97 – Filtration on Cooling Towers with Bryan Hayward

Episode 91 Filming Amines with Marodi Cribari, part 2


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