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- Hepatitis A
- E. coli, excess fluoride (tie)
Chris Hayes from Fox2 News in St Louis, Missouri recently interviewed me for a story he did about a water tank in Leadwood, Missouri. The tank had been inspected once about 17 years ago and as far as anyone knew, had never been cleaned. Chris was contacted by some residents of the community who had brown water coming out of their taps.
I was happy to contribute both video and comments to this story. Water storage tanks should be inspected yearly for public safety, even if the state they are in has no regulations at all. Mr. Hayes did a great job. He found the larger systems around St. Louis had all been recently inspected. Many smaller systems seem to fall back on regulations to decide what is really important.
Although the state of Missouri has no written regulation or rules on when tanks should be inspected they do say this about the inspection and cleaning of water storage tanks: “...clearly necessary to protect public health.”
You would not drink out of a dirty glass, why do these people have to drink water from a dirty tank? See the video on our Company Facebook Page:
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Or View the story on GOOGLE+ HERE
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program – Public Drinking Water Branch
USEPA – Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Health Risks From Microbial Growth and Biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems. Page: 26 section G, Page 34 section I,
Distribution System Issue Paper. Finished Water Storage Facilities. August 15, 2002. Page 2, 11, and 12.
Total Coliform Rule Issue Paper. Inorganic Contaminant Accumulation in Potable Water Distribution Systems.
Since 1997 my company Ron Perrin Water Technologies has been a leader in underwater inspection and cleaning for the water utility industry. We offer underwater inspection and cleaning services to municipal water utilities so they do not need to drain water tanks or towers to inspect or clean them. Our city drinking water comes from surface waters (lakes, rivers or streams) or ground water (well water). After the water is treated it is sent to the water storage tanks & towers where it waits to be used at your tap. Over time sediment builds up in these tanks the sediment can be a safe habitat for bacteria protozoa and even viruses.
Our cleaning service is performed by Commercial Divers(also called line air because they are breathing surface supplied air on an umbilical line). They wear dry suits that completely seal them in their own environment. The diver is then washed down with a chlorine solution before entering the water supply.
Once inside the water tank or tower our diver can quickly remove the accumulated sediment from the interior floor of the tank. Removing the habitat that can hide bacteria and other contamnants makes the water safer to drink and safes the utility money by reducing chlorine cost. because the contaminants are no longer growing and depleting the chlorine reserves.
Please write a review, we would love to post your comments about our service. We are celebrating our 18th year inspecting and cleaning water storage tanks and towers. I am proud to report that I have maintained my first customer this entire time. We now have many utilities we have serviced for over 17 years. Old or new, if you are one of our customers we would like to hear from you! Please take a minute and write a short review on our Facebook page page!
Our Business is all about keeping public water supplies clean and safe. We inspect tanks and towers with underwater cameras so there is no disruption in service. When we find accumulations of sediment we use a potable water dive crew to remove it. The divers are sealed in their own environment and washed down with a chlorine solution so they can enter the water supply. They are then able to quickly and efficiently remove tank sediment that can support bacteria, protozoa and even viruses! !