Understanding ‘CIP’ for Reverse Osmosis System Maintenance

Purchasing a reverse osmosis system for your business is quite an investment, so it is really important that you take good care of it and get it cleaned and maintained accordingly. It is recommended that a reverse osmosis system is cleaned using a Cleaning In Place (CIP) method, and indeed some suppliers include this in the initial purchase price.
Why though, does the machine need to be dealt with in situ and what exactly does the process involve?

What is the CIP Method?

The CIP involves the complete removal of foulants in the RO (reverse osmosis) membranes. Cleaning products are circulated around the elements in order to achieve the desired cleanliness.

First of all, an alkali is used in order to remove the organic compounds, after which an acid clean is undertaken so that inorganic compounds such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron or Manganese are dealt with. Normally these two processes are adequate, but if at any point it is suspected that bacteria has got into the system and is causing fouling then a bactericide will also be used in a third stage clean.

Leave it to the Experts

The CIP process is something that you should never attempt unless you are a specialist or have been properly trained to undertake the service. Experts have the knowledge at their fingertips and will spot as soon as the cleaning solution needs changing. They will also be able to ascertain quickly when the process has finished and immediately know how effective it has been.

Some specialists will use a heated solution to improve the cleaning productivity. It can be really beneficial, although the person dealing with the product should not heat the solution too high, as this can cause membrane damage; again, leave this to the people in the know. Your service provider will also monitor the strength and condition of the chemicals used in the process just in case they need replacing or adding to.

The main benefit of employing an expert is that they will ensure that the time the reverse osmosis system is out of use is kept to a minimum; because this is a piece of kit that you don’t want out of action for too long!

When to Get a Reverse Osmosis System Clean

The general rule of thumb is that you should get your membranes dealt with when one or more of the following three things has occurred:

The normalized pressure drop increases 5-10% The normalized permeate flow drops > 10% The normalized salt passage increases 5-10%

Just as with any piece of mechanical equipment, regular maintenance of your reverse osmosis system is key to its longevity. You will get out of it what you put in, so stay on top of the cleaning and you and your kit can look forward to a long and uneventful partnership.

Author Plate Sean Clifford is an advisor at AllWater Technologies Ltd, a wholly independent company providing consultation and water treatment equipment, including a reverse osmosis system and effluent treatment plant. Bringing together a host of experience and specialist knowledge, the company is committed to building and maintaining long-term relationships and creating maximum value and benefit for their customers.

Hold urgent GST meet to cut tax on key medicines, equipment

As the country attacks with a stronger second Covid wave, all the states need the Centre to urgently convene a meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, which has not met for the last six months. This arrives after the chorus for rate cuts on key medicines and device grows louder. In this article we will talk on Hold urgent GST meet to cut tax.

Notification on Hold urgent GST meet to cut tax
Due to the second Covid-19 wave, the states expect the Centre to urgently convene a meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, which has not met for the last six months. This happens after the chorus for rate cuts on crucial medicines and equipment grows louder. Moreover, states also anticipate discussing the addition of the compensation period, under the GST Regime, beyond July 2022 in the council meeting as unpredictable times cast a shadow over state finances.

States are compelling exemption of key Covid drugs like Remdesivir, medical-grade oxygen used in oxygen cylinders, and related supplements, which currently attract 12 percent tax. Other judgments piled up include rationalization of GST slabs, correction of inverted duty on specific items and inclusion of petroleum products, among others.

Also, the law orders the council to meet at least once a quarter, but the long gap this time has given rise to apprehensions.

Additional Notification by Central Government
Chhattisgarh health minister who represents the state at the council stated that the state is going to write to the Centre for GST exemption on Remdesivir, and related supplements. “We are mandating a GST exemption on Remdesivir and some other items. But, the GST Council requires to meet for that.

Amid this time, the country is confronting a critical shortage of the Remdesivir drug However, due to the high integrity of the pandemic, many states are demanding a high volume of drugs to treat Corona. The State of Chhattisgarh has requested 90,000 Remdesivir injections, worth Rs 14.11 crore, with a pharma major Mylan Laboratories.

No income tax penalty on Hospitals accepting cash from patients

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Finance published an announcement in this regard on Friday announcing relaxation for the Covid Care hospitals in Section 269ST of the Income Tax Act. In this article, we will discuss on No income tax penalty on hospitals.
Notification on No income tax penalty
The central government has facilitated Income Tax for the Covid hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes,s, and Covid care centers of similar facilities for obtaining cash of ?2 lakh or above from the patients.

The Ministry of Finance published notification in this regard on announcing relaxation for the Covid Care hospitals in Section 269ST of the Income Tax Act. But, the exemption for cash payment receipt is for the period of 1st April 2021 to 31st May 2021 only.

The Department of Revenue at the Ministry of Finance has published notification in this regard and stated that the central Government, in the exercise of powers conferred by clause (iii) of Provision to Section 269ST of the Income-tax Act, 1961, hereby specifies hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes, Covid Care Centre or similar other medical facilities providing Covid treatment to patients for the pertain of Section 269ST of Income-tax Act, 1961 for payment obtaining in cash during 01.04.2021 to 31.05.2021, on obtaining the PAN or Aadhaar of the patient and the payee and the relationship between the patient and the payee by such hospitals, dispensaries, nursing homes, Covid Care Centres or similar other medical equipment.

Further Relief by Central Government
Further, the central government Informing about the same, the Income Tax Department also tweeted and stated, “providing further relief in view of severe Covid pandemic, provisions of section 269ST of Income-tax Act,1961 relaxed.