Ettore Water Purification System, by RHG, has designed the new Water Powered System to be the smallest multistage water purification system the window cleaning industry has ever known.

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The Caddy

The ‘EZ Pure’ as it is known, weighs in at only 45 pounds and is slightly larger than a rectangular window cleaning bucket. It utilizes 4 of the RHG filters with their quick connect fitting system. A Carbon, Dual RO Membranes, and a DI Filter. All four filters are 4" x 24" long making the unit a total of 24" long x 12" wide x 12" tall.

The system produces purified water on tap water pressure alone. The systems design lends itself to being the easiest to use system on the market. Simply connect your tap water supply to the inlet of the system, close the bypass valve, and connect your waterfed pole to the outlet of the system. Its that simple!

RD/DI Systems:
The 12v R3 produces enough water on demand to run 1 operator up to 60’ in the window cleaning industry. The system is powered by a small but powerful 12v (battery) operated pump. The 110v R3 produces enough water on demand to run 2 operators at 50’ in the window cleaning industry. The system is powered by a ½ horse power motor. The 12v R4 produces enough water on demand to run 2 operators at 50’ in the window cleaning industry. The system is powered by a large 12v motor/pump made for RHG. The 110v R4 produces enough water on demand to run 3 operators at 50’ in the window cleaning industry. The system is powered by a large 1 horse power motor.

2 Stage DI Cart

The DI carts are a favorite of those in low TDS areas and for the user who only needs a small amount of de-ionized water. They are lightweight and mobile.

Standard features for the Di only cart are as follows:
  • Professionally powdercoated alluminum frame
  • (2) 4×21” De-ionization Filters
  • Labeling of all components
  • RHG’s quick disconnect cartridge system
  • Factory Tested
  • Made in the USA

Why should I get an RO/DI system?

Building cleaning uses small-scale water purification to create pure water. We say building cleaning because in most cases more than just the glass is cleaned when pure water is used. The window surroundings, adjacent building siding, exterior of gutters, and eaves can all be cleaned with pure water. Glass cleaning is the most demanding use of pure water for cleaning.
  1. Pure water used for glass cleaning should be less than 10 parts per million (10ppm) TDS.
  2. For Automobile and similar painted finishes the water should be less than 50ppm.
  3. For other building surfaces the water should be less than 70ppm
The ppm figures above are the upper ranges for cleaning in order to avoid visible water spotting on the cleaned surfaces.

De-Ionizing (DI) resin

The most important part of creating pure water is the electrical exchange process where the dissolved solids are removed from the water. In small scale systems, De-Ionizing (DI) resin is used to perform this process.

As the TDS in the water is removed, the DI resin will eventually become saturated and stop attracting the dissolved solids. Therefore, the pure water stream should be tested frequently to insure the DI resin is still performing as expected.

The total TDS in the water varies considerably across the country. It can even vary within a city depending upon the source the water is derived from (well water vs. river water) and the type of minerals and other solids are contained in the water. DI Resin prices have fallen over the years, yet they are still expensive enough that some tap water can not be cleaned by the DI Resin alone in a cost effective manner.

De-Ionization is the key to pure water cleaning. Electrically removing the dissolved solids turns the water into a safe, yet effective cleaning agent.

But in some cases, DI Resin alone can get expensive:

An example of the costs of creating pure water is shown in this chart for the 3Star DI Resin Cartridge system:
  • 100ppm TDS (medium hard water) will cost about 12¢/gal. to clean
  • 200ppm TDS(hard water) about 24¢/gallon
  • 400ppm TDS (very hard water) about 48¢/gallon.

If we suppose that a the typical rate for cleaning glass is just less than a 1 gallon per minute, then a typical worker will consume 50 gallons an hour. Further, lets presume that the pure water is used for 6 hours a day, 20 days a month, and 12 months a year.

TDS per hour per day per month yearly
100 ppm   $6   $36   $120 $1,140
200 ppm $12 $74 $240 $2,280
400 ppm $24 $144 $480 $5,760

Lets also now figure that two houses per day are cleaned. We can then calculate the cost per house for the DI resin consumer. Each house would require: at 100pp - $18, at 200ppm - $36 or and at 400ppm - $72 in resin costs. $72 per house, when using DI Resin alone, is an expensive method of creating pure water.

So if the DI resin is the important component in pure water cleaning, then how can we extend the life of the product?

Multi-Stage filtering systems are the answer. These systems were developed to remove as much of the TDS prior to the DI resin electrical charge final polishing.

Multi-Stage filtering systems are generally made up of multiple filtering devices each designed to reduce the overall cost of creating of pure water and each contain at least:
  1. A sediment filter to remove larger solids like sand and rust flakes.
  2. A carbon filter to remove chlorine from the water supply and avoid damage to the RO Membrane.
  3. A Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane to remove 90 to 97% of the dissolved solids.
Multi-Stage filtration requires high pressure to perform well, often input water pressure is enough to get the job done; however, pumps are required when input water pressure is below 40 PSI. They are also recommended for pressure below 60psi. The higher up the surface, the more pumps come into use. With water at 80psi and a surface at 2 stories, it is possible to clean without a pump. Beyond that there are several factors to consider: the number of cleaning devices and at what height the surface to be cleaned is. The typical pump is a 110V, but a 12v form is also avaibable for jobs requiring lesser capacity. All of the equipment in the catalog has some basic rating for what it is capable of.

This filtration system can reduce the cost of the water per gallon to 10% or less of DI resin alone. The savings in DI resin cost can pay for the RO/DI filtration equipment in as little a one to three years - depending on the total TDS of the in coming tap water.

Is the TDS in your area above 150?

Are you Spending over $200 in DI Filters per month right now?

Your DI Resin cost per cleaning will is high enough that you should consider Multi-Stage (RO/DI) filtration. If such a big investment is not feasible at the moment, this up-gradeable system is a great choice. You can quickly and economically upgrade the system to a Multi-Stage filtration (RO/DI) system as you build your business of pure water cleaned structures. A Multi-Stage (RO/DI)system will drop the DI cost to about $20 or less - and put the other $180 a month toward the initial equipment investment. A $3,600 system will break even in 20 months and you will own your own water purification machine that will output pure water for less than 3 or 4 cents a gallon in consumable costs.