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Our New Promotional Video

October 28, 2021 Leave a comment

We are proud to introduce our 2021 Promotional video. This one-minute video quickly reviews our primary services. We inspect and clean potable water storage tanks and towers. We offer remote underwater camera inspections, diver inspections, diver cleaning and we use our DEEP TREKKER Submersible Robots to both inspect and clean potable water storage tanks. For more information see: http://www.ronperrin.com

Ron Perrin Water Technologies, Inc. 2021 One Minute Video.

To see more about our Deep Trakker Cleaning robot see: MEET OUR ROBOT in episode #3 of our TAP TALK Video Series.

In our Tap Talk video series, we will explore municipal drinking water systems from the inside out. Since 1997, Ron Perrin Water Technologies, Inc. has been a leader in the inspection and cleaning of water tanks and towers. We hope you enjoy this series as we take a closer look at how our water systems work and the technical skill and effort it takes to keep these facilities inspected, clean and safe. Each Tap Talk post has a new short video to watch.

For an inspection or cleaning quote, you may contact Robert Perrin at perrinsales@gmail.com, or call our office at 817-377-4899.

Fun in the Sun

September 7, 2021 Leave a comment

As the year summer comes to a close, many people got to take advantage of the beaches, lakes, and rivers to cool down. Travel during the summer seems to have been high, higher than last year at least. Some people opted to stay home and enjoy water attractions, and public pools near or in their own communities.  Most of us wouldn’t ever think about getting sick from a trip of relaxation, and just soaking up some sun. But according to the CDC they reported almost 500 recreational water outbreak illnesses. These reports were gathered from 2010 to 2014, and the three most common illnesses reported were Acute Gastrointestinal illnesses (diarrhea or vomiting), Skin illnesses (rashes), and Acute Respiratory illnesses (cough or congestion).

While public pools, water attractions, and water playgrounds do undergo routine inspections, a CDC study found more than 10 percent of the inspections resulted in immediate closures because of severe violations. These inspections also included hotel and motel pools, spas, and hot tubs. Despite the fact most pools and water attractions give off a chlorine scent, many can be over chlorinated. Over chlorination can lead to something minor like red, irritated eyes to something as severe as Chlorine Poisoning. Although many of us associate chlorine in water to be safe, even at the correct levels it could not be as effective as one may think. Used at the recommended levels chlorine does in fact eliminate most germs in the water in minutes. But there are some germs like Cryptosporidium (a germ that causes diarrhea) that can live in accurately treated water for days, infecting many people and even causing outbreaks. 

Recreational pools and waterpark attractions aren’t the only place that can harbor these bacteria and viruses. The water we use from the tap can potentially contain the bacteria and viruses. The water is usually distributed from water tanks and towers. These water storage tanks and towers do require an annual inspection to be done and are usually enforced by the state’s water associations. These annual inspections are important for a water utility to complete because it will provide valuable information on the condition of the water tank and the levels of sediment in the tank. 

In Texas the inspections are enforced by the TCEQ, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. While inspections are done yearly, cleanings are done as needed. 

Some tanks are on a cleaning schedule while others are seldom and even some never cleaned at all. In many of those there is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses inside these water tanks and towers. The breeding ground is in a layer of sediment that accumulates at the bottom of these tanks and towers. 

Some water utility managers and supervisors may not know that a thin layer of sediment is enough for the bacteria and viruses to get a foothold in the water storage tank and towers. Sediment that accumulates in almost all water storage systems can be a safe habitat that can harbor a wide range of contaminants. Sediment that is allowed to build up on the floor of water storage tanks provides shelter from chlorine and other treatment chemicals allowing the intruders to grow and be a potential problem.

And even though water utility managers and supervisors do their part to ensure clean drinking water, most may not be aware that cleaning the sediment at the bottom of the tank could be a great help to them in getting better water quality results. But who wants to take a tank out of service? What if you do not need to shut your system down just to clean the sediment out? Removing the sediment while the tank remains in service is possible with the help of fully certified divers to remove the sediment at the bottom of the tank or tower.  There are only a few specialty companies like ours that only dive in potable water.

Ron Perrin Water Technologies is a company that offers water storage tank and tower inspections, and cleanings. Ron Perrin Water Technologies even offers a new service that allows you to clean standpipes, which could be very difficult to do with a diver and would usually be drained to have a cleaning done because of the height of these tanks. Ron Perrin Water Technologies combated adding this new service in which they drop a cleaning robot into the standpipe to get help clear the layers of sediment. With these services that Ron Perrin Water Technologies offers there is little to no disruption of service to the water utilities. If you would like a free inspection or cleaning quote, you can contact them at 817-377-4899. 



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Crisp, Clean, and Refreshing?

When you drink a cold glass of water you know it’s good when you can describe it as “crisp, clean, and refreshing.” What if that crisp, clean, and refreshing glass of water was contaminated with bacteria that could lead to illness and even death? The bacteria and viruses in the water wouldn’t even be seen by the naked eye. Unless you could test your water every time you turned on the tap, there would be no way for you to know what you were drinking.

It is very important for a water system to maintain their water safety, whether that means keeping up with their yearly TCEQ potable water tank inspections or just checking their chlorine levels. If a water system has high use of chlorine it is probably due to the chlorine fighting some sort of contaminate in the water. There is a chance the contamination in the water tank could be breeding in the sediment of the potable water storage tank. An important step a water system can take is to remove any sediment that is found to have accumulated in their water tanks.

Though some sediment is common in most potable water storage tanks, it is important to know when too much sediment accumulates it can cause a big problem.  Bacteria like Legionella, protozoa like Cryptosporidium, and a wide range of viruses including Norovirus can HIDE and GROW in the water tank sediment. Once the bacteria have a foothold in the water tank it can cause problems for not only the water system, but for the community they are providing water to. Most of the bacteria can cause nausea, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea and in some cases exposure to the bacteria or virus can be fatal.

With yearly inspections, and testing your residuals often you can have the knowledge you need to prevent infiltration of these bacteria and viruses. By cleaning the sediment in your water storage tank you can prevent any bacteria or viruses from maintaining a hold in your water tank. These simple steps can be the difference of maintaining the quality of the water that is essential to the community.

If you would like a free quote for your tanks email or call us at 888-481-1768.

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Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Summer is Here!

July 23, 2020 1 comment

Temperatures are rising! Summer is here and boy can we feel it! Some of us have ways to beat the heat but one thing we all have is WATER! It fills the pools, cools us down, and can quench our thirst!

It would be nice if all water was safe from bacteria and viruses. But the truth is that as the water demand increases, the more tanks and tower will be refilled from it sources. Just a little sediment can become a big problem. If left in a tank or tower sediment can be a breeding ground for many microbes, bacteria, and viruses. So with summer here the temperatures can play a big role on whether or not you water is safe from these breeding bacteria.

Just an increase of TEN degrees can double the speed of the bacteria growth! So as we begin to see new record high temperatures it is even more important that we try to keep tanks and towers clean of sediment.

Removing sediment from potable water tanks and towers can also help utilities use less chlorine. Since cleaning tanks and towers of sediment, our customers have found that their chlorine costs are reduced because the chlorine is no longer losing the war with the bacteria and microbes that were growing in the sediment.

The fact is removing the sediment from your water tank may prevent a disaster before it can ever start. Do not have the mind set of “out of sight and out of mind.” If an accumulation of sediment is found, don’t think of it as “just a little dirt.” Know that it is a place that can allow contaminants to compromise the entire water supply and the health of the community.

 

 

Divers are the best way to keep your tanks clean

June 22, 2020 Leave a comment

Potable Water Divers can make quick work out of cleaning your water storage GST or EST.  Our dive crew wears a dry suit so that no part of their body touches your water supply, They are then washed down with a chlorine solution to meet USEPA standards.

Sediment is quickly removed by the diver.  This is very important due to the fact that sediment may contain bacteria, protozoa, viruses or other contaminants.  Removing the sediment that has built up on the floor of the water storage tank should be a scheduled maintenance procedure done at least every three to five years.

For a free quote on cleaning your storage tanks call 817-377-4899. Or click  – HERE – for an online form.

Why isn’t chlorine treatment of potable water enough to keep water safe?

March 18, 2020 Leave a comment

I had some water utility workers ask me, “Why isn’t chlorine treatment of potable water enough to keep water safe? Why should we worry about cleaning tanks when we already use chlorine?”

Chlorine works great as long as there is not a breach in the tank. When there is a breach like a hole in the top that lets birds and insects inside the tank, the chlorine can not keep up. This is why annual tank inspections are so important. People have died from this scenario, see: “Salmonella Outbreak in Alamosa, Colorado“. According to USEPA officials a sediment build up on the interior floor of a water storage tank is another type of breach. Bacteria like Legionella, protozoa like Cryptosporidium, and a wide range of viruses including Norovirus can hide and GROW in the tank sediment.

Do you know what the #1 cause of municipal water contamination is? According to the CDC it is a microscopic parasite called Giardia. The sediment becomes a perfect habitat providing both shelter and food for Giardia and many other microorganisms to grow. In time, the contaminants can reach a point where they overwhelm chlorine or any other disinfectant you may be using. Keeping tanks clean keeps your drinking water safe.

Giardia- Photo CDC website

Giardia- Photo CDC website

Top 10 Causes – Outbreaks in Public Water Systems*

For a complete listing of water-related surveillance data, see CDC’s Surveillance Reports for Drinking Water-associated Disease & Outbreaks.

A professional potable water Dive Crew can remove tank sediment along with everything that is growing in it with minimal water loss.  The diver is sealed in a DRY suit so there is no human contact with the water supply.  Before entering the water system the diver is washed down with a chlorine solution to meet state and federal guidelines. The diver can then enter the tank and make quick work of removing tank sediment and any contaminant that may be hiding in it. It is basic housekeeping! You would not drink out of a dirty glass, no one should drink out of a dirty water storage tank or tower either. If you need a water storage tank or tower cleaned, give us a call toll free at 1-888-481-1768 for a free quote.

For more information on Municipal Water Tank Cleaning see: Ron Perrin Water Technologies web Site: www.rpwt.us.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNational Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Can a virus live in your drinking water?

March 14, 2020 Leave a comment

YES. Both bacteria and viruses are microorganisms regulated by EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) criteria. Viruses are the smallest form of microorganisms capable of causing disease, particularly those of a fecal origin infectious to humans by waterborne transmission; bacteria are typically single-celled microorganisms that can also cause health problems in humans, animals or plants, despite many form’s ability to aid in water pollution control.

If your water storage tank has an accumulation of sediment on the interior floor you may have undetected microorganisms in your water storage tank.  Sediment can be a safe habitat for a wide range of contaminants this can lead to the disinfectant being overwhelmed and the public served by your system being at risk of disease.

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Clean Water Storage Tans and Towers

Keeping your water storage tanks clean and free of sediment is the best way to protect your customers from bacteria, viruses and many other microorganisms that can use the sediment on the floor of your tank to hide, grow and thrive.  Our divers dress in dry suits completely sealed in their own environment, the diver is then washed down with a chlorine solution to meet EPA requirements.  Our dive crew can quickly safely remove all sediment form your water storage tank or tower with a minimal of water loss!  Do not take the risk of bacteria, viruses or other microorganisms growing in your water system. Keep your tanks clean and your water safe to drink.

For a free Quote on your tank cleaning call toll free 1-888-481-1768.