The DosaFil alternative solution relies on being able to provide the active ingredients in a solid paste format that is lighter, less dangerous to handle and transport, results in zero leakage or spillage, needs zero plastic that ends up in landfill, and offers as good or better results once applied to a system, the company says.

DosaFil says it has multiple customers that have reported success with the DosaFil solid chemicals and dosing devices that suggest that the results of the solid chemical approach is in all cases as effective as the traditional liquid chemical approach and in many, significantly better.

"We set out to challenge the status quo, creating a safe, easy to install and operate water conditioning system that also addresses common key concerns of modern business, such as health and safety, eco-friendliness, and reduction of energy consumption," says DosaFil founder, Steve Crick. “We designed a new approach to water treatment, dared to dream about changing things when we were told they couldn’t change, and produced a solution that has already made us a highly successful business as we quietly went about changing the face of improving water quality in heating systems.”

While there are a number of more complex solutions and outcomes to the hours of research and development undertaken so far – one very simple idea that was far more complex to master was the belief that water treatment does not need to revolve around huge quantities of liquid chemicals. Steve and his team have more than 40 years of commercial water treatment experience in the locker, and he was convinced that solid paste type chemicals that rapidly dissolved when applied to systems was the answer to several issues that needed addressing in the water treatment sector – in particular in the residential marketplace.

So it will come as no surprise that DosaFil is now ready to introduce a similar product – a solid paste, chemical cleaner, and inhibitor/system protector – for the residential heating and plumbing marketplace. The Dosafil DR range meets all the standards and guidelines that currently exist in the marketplace while offering a raft of benefits over liquid solutions for merchants stocking the product and installers using it – including a massive weight reduction for moving the product in bulk, far less space taken up on the merchants shelves and in the installers vans, far less mess – due to no spillage of the liquid product and a range of other benefits that merchants, specifiers and installers will see as real and tangible benefits over the need to work with liquid chemicals.

There are four key products in the range being launched – DR1 solid inhibitor sticks, which is the first solid inhibitor in the world to gain NSF International CIAS certification – formerly known as BuildCert.

Then there’s DR2 Solid Cleaner sticks, DR3 Solid heavy duty cleaner sticks, and DR4 Solid biocide sticks and all the products meet the same standards as the traditional liquid competitors. And the new residential products are already tried and tested on commercial systems for a number of years – it’s just a case of resizing the products to be the perfect match for smaller residential systems.

The benefits of these new products are many and varied, says Dosafil. The most immediately obvious key difference is the weight of the product – a typical treatment for a 100l system with liquid chemicals weighs around 1.16kg. The DR products a weigh 0.09 kg; it's a lot less to carry around and a totally recyclable packaging option – just cardboard to recycle – no plastic bottles to landfill.

The new products are also compact and lightweight. With up to 90% of the contents of traditional liquid chemical water treatment products being water and other liquids using a solid product immediately takes out huge amounts of weight from the situation.

The reduced weight reduces transport costs, fuel use, and storage costs at a stroke. The lightweight, non-spillable solid products are easy and safe to handle and transport.

It goes without saying that the new product eliminates the chance of spills and reduces COSHH impact. And there are no liquid chemical drums to dispose of – and no plastic bottles going to landfill as you can’t recycle the bottles unless you clean them first.

The chemicals in the new DR range are in many cases the same or similar to those used in solution in liquid chemicals, just made hugely easier to handle and use by taking out the liquid. And the company says the solid product gradually dissolves in the system allowing for far better distribution of the chemical dispersed around the system when compared to a single glug of chemical entering the system in one shot, in one place as with liquid chemicals. In addition, they contain industry-proven high performance materials to control scale, corrosion and bio fouling.

The new products come with serious eco-credentials and the chemicals come with fully recyclable packaging – no plastic – just cardboard.

There are significant overall costs savings over liquid chemicals as well. The solid chemicals aid IPPC and ISO 14001 compliance and last but not least they are made in the UK and proudly carry the made in Britain logo.

“These are very exciting times for DosaFil Residential Technologies,” said Dosafil Commercial Director, John Lynch. “Currently 97% of chemical water treatment uses liquid products. So we have a huge market to target and massive volume potential when those using these products see the penny drop that using solid water treatment products that will be able to be used through introducing the products via filters or towel rail radiators as they wish, will save them time, money and contribute towards sustainability and reductions in emissions and plastic waste.

"We've received exceptionally positive feedback from a number of major players in the marketplace  – we’re confident that they and other manufacturers will be keen to take a closer look at what we have to offer.”

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