The Water Tower and Outer Space Connection with Neil deGrasse Tyson

It turns out that Neil deGrasse Tyson @neilty is a fan of Water Towers.

In this short video Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how water towers work and their connection to outer space. Neil has spent his life in the study of astronomy, and while it is true SPACE is the final frontier, the inner space of a municipal water tank is where the battle for the universe is actually being fought. Every day my divers work in a space with no oxygen. We remove microscopic bacteria and a wide range of other contaminants threatening the health of our drinking water here on earth.

Sediment on the interior floor of a water storage tank is a breach and can be a serious threat to pubic health. Bacteria, protozoa and even viruses have been found to use tank sediment as a safe habitat.

Keeping your tanks clean will help keep your water system safe.  Are your tanks and towers on a cleaning schedule?  We want to help you keep your water tanks and towers clean and healthy! Do not allow dirt that builds up on the floor of your potable water storage tanks to be a safe habitat to grow GiardiaLegionella or viruses like Norovirus.  Our water tower cleaning rates start at only $2,450.00. Affordable protection for your water storage tanks affordable safety for the people you serve.

Call today for a free quote 817-377-4899.

The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list these as the top 10 Causes – Outbreaks in Public Water Systems*

Since 1997 Ron Perrin Water Technologies, Inc. has been a leader in the inspection and cleaning of potable water storage tanks and towers.

We serve municipal water utilities, federal parks and prisons and private industry. We deploy underwater cameras or remotely operated vehicles to perform inspections of drinking water tanks.

Our methods save our customers millions of gallons of treated drinking water every year.  If the facility needs to be cleaned our potable water dive team can remove tank sediment with minimal water loss and little to no disruption in service. For more information visit: www.watertankinspection.com

To get a cleaning proposal please call 817-377-4899 or contact Robert at perrinsales@gmail.com.

Ron Perrin Water Technologies, Inc. Underwater Services for 2021

As 2020 came to an end we wanted to look back at some of our jobs and let you see some of the odd jobs we have done along with our primary services of inspecting and cleaning potable water storage tanks and towers. We have a new video series called Tap Talk that will tag along with us as we inspect and clean potable water storage with divers, underwater cameras and even a ROBOT Tank cleaner we named WALLIE.

Check out all episodes at www.TapTalk.blog

Underwater ROBOT Tank Cleaning

Today we are cleaning a 98 foot tall standpipe in Oklahoma. Because of the water depth we deployed our Deep Trekker DT640 robot crawler we call “Wallie”. This little guy can work in water up to 165 feet deep. We have developed this method specifically for cleaning Standpipe type potable water tanks. Our Potable Water Dive Crew is a great option for cleaning ground tanks (GST) and Water Towers (EST) and you can read about that service on our other blog posts and on our web page at www.watertankinspection.com.

The AWWA recommends annual water tank inspections. In Texas and several other states water storage tanks are required to be inspected annually. We have three uniquely different underwater inspection methods that allow full interior and exterior inspections while the facility stays fully operational: 1) our remote camera inspection is the most economical using our custom built underwater camera and lighting system to get a good look at the interior of the tank from the interior roof all the way down to the floor where we can estimate your sediment levels; 2) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) – Our Deep Trekker DTG2 is able to swim through the water like an underwater drone getting to the back of very large tanks for a more comprehensive inspection; 3) Potable Water Diver inspection – Diver inspections are used to look at specific areas or when a repair or tank cleaning is also needed. Please call 817-377-4899 to get a free quote.

Serving the Water Utility Industry Since 1997

We have been working for the VA Hospital in Kerrville since 1999. We recently cleaned both of their towers again. The older concrete tank was built after WWI, the modern-looking metal tower was built after WWII. We have some customers like VA Kerrville that have been using our service for over 20 years. We are here when you need us, for a free quote call us toll-free, 1-888-481-1768 or e-mail perrinsales@gmail.com.

Ron Perrin at VA Hospital – Kerrville, Texas (c)2015 ronperrin.us
VA Hospital – Kerrville, Texas (c)2015.ronperrin.us

Our potable water dive crew is able to enter the water system to perform cleaning and other minor repairs with no disruption in service. This has always been a top priority at VA Hospital Kerrville. No mater what your situation we can provide inspection and cleaning services that will keep your water flowing. For more information see our web page at: www.ronperrin.us.

We are here when you need us, for a free quote call us toll-free, 1-888-481-1768 or e-mail perrinsales@gmail.com.

Divers Beware COVID-19 may be coming to your family gathering

As we enter into the 2020 Holiday Season I wanted to share two stories with my dive crew, so I thought I would put it on this public blog to share it with everyone. This year is truly different than any other we have lived through. For the first time, instead of getting together with the people we love and care about, we are staying home and encouraging them to stay home which may be the best way we have to protect them and ourselves.

First Story:

ARLINGTON, Texas — It was just going to be a small, casual get-together – a Nov. 1 birthday party with fajitas and cake for a cousin of Alexa Aragonez.

Alexa didn’t attend, but she gave her 57-year-old mother a ride to the party.

A total of 12 members of the Aragonez family were there.

Within days, all of them had COVID. 

12 went to the party 15 later tested positive for COVID-19 See the story HERE.

Officials say thanksgiving may be the biggest spreader event of COVID yet.

Second Story:

Even if you get it and get over it, COVID-19 may not be done with you as you can see in this 60 Minutes report. While most will recover, some die and even more have symptoms that keep them from getting back to normal.

Doctors are still searching for answers to why a portion of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 are still suffering symptoms months later.

Do everything you can to stay safe. For most of us that means a lonely Thanksgiving holiday. That is so much better than spreading the disease.

CDC Recommendations:

Considerations for Small Gatherings of Family and Friends

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you. People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk. READ More from the CDC HERE:

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings

Happy Thanksgiving from the office crew!

One last thing: THANKSGIVING in the time of CORONA – How Are Americans Avoiding COVID This Thanksgiving? | The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah: Click Here: https://youtu.be/LhUmg46u7y0

“The most important thing about Thanksgiving is to make sure you are around for the next one” – Trevor Noah.

I hope everyone has a Great Holiday, Stay informed, and Stay Safe!

Congratulations to ROBERT PERRIN, SSH

Robert Perrin, SSH is celebrating 10 years at Ron Perrin Water Technologies, Inc. Robert became our Safety Manager in 2014 after earning his Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) certification from the Environmental Training Institute at UTA. Robert is also our ROV operator and works in sales when he is not in the field. Robert has been doing a great job at our company and I hope he is around for 20 more years!

If you would like to talk about inspecting or cleaning a water storage tank connect with Robert on e-mail: perrinsales@gmail.com or call 817-377-4899

Something New

In March of 2020, the Region 8 USEPA posted a new water tank inspection check list for indian tribes in Wyoming.

The USEPA is in a unique position to supervise indian tribes in the USA. For the rest of us our states are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the national drinking water regulations.

The Finished Water Storage Tank Inspection/Cleaning Checklist directs Tribal systems to use the Wyoming state checklist.

The Finished Water Storage Tank Inspection/Cleaning Checklist

The problem is that every state cam make their own rules for water tank inspection.

If you want to know what the USEPA says about potable water tank inspections one of the best white papers they have is

This 22 page document recommends and I quote-

“Recommended tank cleaning and inspection procedures have been developed by AWWA and AWWARF to address these issues”.

If you need a simple guide to inspect your potable water storage tank or tower we have developed this helpful web site:

www.watertankinspection.co

A DIY Guide to Inspecting Potable Water Storage Tanks.

GST – Ground Storage Tank Inspection                                                                                      EST – Elevated Storage Tank Inspection

Why Isn’t ChlorineTreatment Enough?

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.  He can then enter the tank and make quick work of removing tank sediment and any contaminant that may be hiding in it.  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

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WATER TANK INSPECTION – WATER TANK CLEANING

https://potabletankdiver.wordpress.com AKA: http://www.tankdiver.us is the blog for Ron Perrin Water Technologies.  Since 1997 we have been a leader in water tank Inspection and water tank cleaning.  

We offer 3 different ways to inspect your WATER STORAGE TANKS and towers.

  1. Remote camera inspection.  Our most economical and popular method. we lower a camera into your Potable Water Tanks to get a look at underwater conditions including sediment levels while the tank remains in-service.
  2. Remotely operated vehicle or ROV inspection is our second method.  The ROV is motorized allowing it to swim to the rear of the tank.  This method is recommended for larger facilities.
  3. Diver inspection.  Potable Water Divers are sealed in their own environment, then washed down with a 200ppm chlorine solution.  This allows the diver to enter the water system and move around as needed to inspect, clean or make repairs.

For a free quote call 817-377-4899.

Water Tank Inspection

Ron Perrin Water Technologies performs over 800 Water tank inspection’s every year.

Our remote underwater camera inspection is our most popular service.  Since 1997 we have performed thousands of inspections for water utilities in 14 states.

Visit our water tank inspection web site at: http://www.watertankinspection.com

Tank inspection camera

water tank inspection camera

Our Remotely operated Vehicle inspection is also popular for larger facilities.  We maintain a feet of three ROV’s to meet our customer demands at any time.  Our reports caver all required State and AWWA inspection points.  Be deliver the completed inspection report back in a notebook/binder for convienient reference and storage.

Water Tank Inspection ROV

DEEP TREKKER ROV

Diver inspections are our third method.  Often used when specific inspection goals are required.  Divers also perform inspections after tank cleanings.  The diver is sealed in his own environment and washed down with a chlorine solution to meet all AWWA and EPA requirements.  This allows the diver to enter the water system and move around freely.

Tank Diver

Water Tank Inspection Diver

Water tank inspection and water tank cleaning is our specialty since 1997.  Please visit our web site at www.ronperrin.us or www.watertankinspection.com for more information.  For a free price quote call 817-377-4899.