Here is a quick video that introduces our 2018 dive crew and potable water inspection team.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: What’s in Your Water? is a documentary where microbiologists and tank inspection professionals discuss the importance of having potable water storage tanks inspected and cleaned regularly. Currently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no regulations that require potable water storage tanks to be cleaned. We are hoping to raise awareness of this issue in order to change that.
We have been working on this project for over two years and it it time to raise some cash to finish it up. I hope you will be a part of this, please click here and find out how you can help! https://igg.me/at/whatsinyourwater/x/11623864
November 7th, 2014, Ginger Allen and the CBS 11 i-Team watches as my company inspects and cleans a north Texas water tower. The tower was cleaned as a normal maintenance procedure. A light- brown dusting of sediment was removed from the interior floor before it could get deep enough to support bacteria and become a problem.
The tower was cleaned by a Commercial Diver who was trained at OCEAN CORP, Houston, Texas. The Diver is sealed in his own environment, then washed down with a chlorine solution. Because we specialize in the inspection and cleaning of Potable Water Storage Facilities, all of our equipment is purchased for, and only used in, potable water.
This utility is doing a great job of maintaining their system. However, utility managers across the country struggle to get the funds to properly maintain their systems. The EPA is currently considering a regulation that would require all water storage facilities to be inspected and cleaned at regular intervals. This new requirement could improve the water quality for millions of Americans.
The EPA is taking comments on this proposed regulation until the end of the year. We have the contact information posted on our blog, or you can just take our poll at: www.cleanwatertankproject.com. The poll results will be turned in to the EPA at the end of the year.
Safe tap water is something everyone should have.
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This story aired on November 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM. By the end of 2014 it had been shared on Facebook over 400 times! Ok, it is a lot for a story about dirty water towers! Our poll on the next post was shared 118 times when the numbers mysteriously went away. It now shows 0 shares, I am not sure how that happened or why I am telling you about it, I guess I found it interesting or frustrating I’m not sure which…
Thanks for taking the time to check this out.
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RPWT Office Manager Debi Wheelan
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Removing sediment from the floor of your water tanks and towers may also be removing the habitat that allows bacteria, protozoa and viruses from getting a foothold in your distribution system. Now we can add a brain-eating amoeba to the list of contaminants that the sediment on the floor of your water storage tank can support.
September 16, 2013, NBC News reported: “Deadly brain amoeba infects US tap water for the first time”. The death of a 4-year-old boy near Violet, LA., was linked to the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. The child had been playing on a backyard slip-n-slide that used water from the St. Bernard Parish water system, that was later found to be contaminated with the amoeba. “Tests show it’s present throughout the water supply system in St. Bernard Parish, directly southeast of New Orleans.”
According to the CDC: “Naegleria fowleri (commonly referred to as the “brain-eating amoeba” or “brain-eating ameba”), is a free-living microscopic ameba, (single-celled living organism). It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The ameba is commonly found in warm freshwater (e.g. lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Naegleria fowleri usually infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. Once the ameba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM, which is usually fatal. Infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers. In very rare instances,Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated and contaminated tap water) enters the nose. You cannot get infected from drinking water contaminated with Naegleria.”
The CDC also tested nearby DeSoto Parish Waterworks Dist. #1 because it was the near the site of an infection that happened in 2011 from non-potable water (lake or river, etc.). On October 8, 2013, The CDC confirmed the presence of the rare amoeba in five locations in DeSoto Parish Waterworks Dist. #1.
Click Here to see the map: NUMBER OF CASE-REPORTS OF PRIMARY AMEBIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS CAUSED BY NAEGLERIA FOWLERI
Heat is also a factor, an increase in only ten degrees can double the speed of bacteria growth. As record high temperatures become more common in summer months we see that keeping water distribution tanks free of sediment build up may be more important than ever before. Removing the sediment from your water tank may prevent a disaster before it can ever start.
Ron Perrin is the owner of Ron Perrin Water Technologies in Fort Worth, Texas. Since 1997 his company has inspected over six thousand water storage tanks and towers in 14 states. Ron may be contacted through his web site at www.ronperrin.com.
For a free proposal to clean and inspect your potable water storage tanks and towers please call Debi at 817-377-4899.
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1997 Ron Perrin Water Technologies has served the water utility industry providing state-of-the-art inspections with remote underwater cameras. Our inspection reports are the best in the industry, covering all state requirements for water tank and tower inspection and meeting all AWWA guidelines. Our inspections cover over 30 inspection points. Digital photography documents the condition of your tank, and our narrated underwater video lets you see first-hand what the inside roof walls and floor areas of the tank look like.
For those experiencing an EPA total coliform violation, our underwater inspections are a perfect place to start assessing your problem. Should accumulated sediment be found in the tank, our potable water dive crew can offer a cleaning solution that may be the only step needed to satisfy the Revised Total Coliform Rule requirement to take action. Accumulated tank sediment can be a safe habitat for bacteria, protozoa, viruses and other contaminants. Removing the sediment is often the only step required to comply with the Revised Total Coliform Rule**, in fact, our customers tell us time after time that their chlorine costs were significantly reduced after the tank was cleaned.
Diving in potable water is an art. Unlike offshore divers, potable water divers must be able to enter the water system without disrupting sediment on the floor of the tanks. Our divers are sealed in a dry suit so no part of their body touches the water. They are then washed down with a 200ppm chlorine solution to meet AWWA and state standards. The diver is then free to go into the confined space inside the water storage tanks. Underwater, the diver can do a more detailed inspection, or clean the loose sediment from the floor of the tank.
We are here to help you get it done! We offer the most choices for your inspection needs:
*Remote underwater camera (drop camera)
*ROV – Remotely Operated Vehicle (specially designed and only used in potable water)
*Diver inspection – For the most detail
*Basic state requirements covered with, or without, photos to meet budget needs
We have served over 500 water utilities since 1997. Our customers include municipalities, prisons, universities and military bases. They all have one thing in common – they wanted comprehensive documentation about the status of their water tank, with no water loss and no disruption in service.
For more information about in-service tank inspections and cleaning, please see our primary web site at: www.ronperrin.com .
Or call 888-481-1768 for a free no obligation quote.
**On February 13, 2013, EPA published in the Federal Register the revisions to the 1989 TCR. EPA anticipates greater public health protection under the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) requirements. The RTCR:
- Requires public water systems that are vulnerable to microbial contamination to identify and fix problems; and
- Establishes criteria for systems to qualify for and stay on reduced monitoring, which could reduce water system burden and provide incentives for better system operation.
- Click here for more information about the RTCR.
Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) requires assessment and corrective action when there are indications of coliform contamination. Lets talk about Assessment and Corrective action.
Under the RTCR, there is no longer a monthly maximum contaminant level (MCL) violation for multiple total coliform detections. New revisions require systems that have indicators of coliform contamination in the distribution system to assess the problem and take corrective action that may reduce cases of illnesses and deaths due to potential fecal contamination and waterborne pathogen exposure. The rule says “The Distribution System” of course, what that means is, “The Water Utility Manager or Operator” is now required to assess the problem and take corrective action when there are indications of coliform contamination.
Getting started assessing the problem:
A tank inspection may be the best place to start with the assessment. Is the vent screen in place? Are there birds or insects in the tank? There are at least 12 steps to a water tank inspection and at least one of them should be to get a look inside the facility to see if there is sediment on the floor of the tank. Over time, sediment will build up on the floor area of almost all water storage tanks and towers. One to three inches is not uncommon here in Texas. Sediment is known to be a habitat for bacteria, protozoa and viruses. Inspection contractors can offer great documentation of the interior condition of water storage tanks with no disruption in water utility service. Using remotely operated cameras, inspection robots, or even potable water divers, high tech contractors can deliver great information about the water storage tank or tower. For information on in-service Water Tank and Tower Inspections, see our inspection page at www.ronperrin.com. For tips on doing your own potable water tank or tower inspection, see: Do your own potable Water Tank Inspection at: THE TANK DIVER blog.
Corrective action may be as simple as basic housekeeping. If you know the facility has never been cleaned there is more than a good chance sediment inside the structure needs to be removed. Again, a qualified diving contractor can save time, water and money by removing all loose sediment with minimal water loss or disruption in service. For more information on using a Potable Water Dive Crew to clean your potable water tank or tower see our cleaning page: www.ronperrin.com/cleaning
Our tank cleaning customers tell us time and again that their chlorine use was significantly reduced after we cleaned their facility. With regular inspections and cleanings your likelihood of a coliform contamination are greatly reduced, if not completely eliminated.
To request a tank inspection or cleaning quote, call Ron Perrin Water Technologies toll free at 888-481-1768 or simply fill out the form below:
We recently Purchased a DEEP TREKKER ROV to use inspecting potable water storage tanks and towers.
This video shows our first “Test Flight” in a clearwell and the second inspection we did on a ground storage tank. We added a safety rope to protect the tether and found the lighting system caused a little bit of glare when we went into darker parts of the tank, but it was reduced when we got closer to the inspection points we needed to look at. Overall, we found it to be a very good inspection tool!
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