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.

Tap Talk: What’s in Your Water? Ep. 3-

It is Friday, so it must be time for number three in our “Tap Talk” series. “Tap Talk” will explore what we typically find in municipal drinking water tanks and why keeping water tanks clean is important. There is a serious danger lurking in America’s water systems. Join me, (Ron Perrin), along with microbiologists and a former EPA employee, Len Pardee, as we discuss the problem. This episode takes a look at robot cleaning of water tanks, take a few minutes and check it out and leave a comment.

WALLIE is our Deep Trekker DT640VAC robot crawler we use to clean water storage tanks like the standpipe behind me that have deep water. The Deep Trekker DT640 robot crawler can work in water up to 165 feet deep. Today we are going to take you to several different standpipe tanks so you can see him work. Be sure to subscribe to this blog to see our next post. You cal also see all videos at www.taptalk.blog.

Keeping tanks clean is very important, but before you can fix a problem you must know it exists. Water tank inspections are essential to properly manage any municipal water system. Big or small, if you do not know there is a problem with your water system, you can not make plans to take care of it. Sediment builds up in almost all water systems over time. Sediment on the floor of the tank can be a breeding ground for bacteria, protozoa, viruses and a host of other contaminants. In some tanks this soft sedimentation becomes a safe habitat where contaminants can grow protected from the chlorine and other treatment chemicals. As billions of bacteria form in the sediment treatment chemicals can be depleted, causing utilities to use more and more until they reach, or exceed, legal limits.

Simple tank cleaning remains the best solution.

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.

Tap Talk: What’s in Your Water? Ep. 2-

Be sure to check out number two in our new video series. “Tap Talk” will explore what we typically find in municipal drinking water tanks and why keeping water tanks clean is important. There is a serious danger lurking in America’s water systems. Join me, (Ron Perrin), along with microbiologists and a former EPA employee, Len Pardee, as we discuss the problem.

For several years we have been working on a feature length documentary with the working title, “Out of sight, Out of mind – What is in your water”. This episode features parts from that film. Keeping tanks clean is very important, but before you can fix a problem you must know it exists. Water tank inspections are essential to properly manage any municipal water system. Big or small, if you do not know there is a problem with your water system, you can not make plans to take care of it. Sediment builds up in almost all water systems over time. Sediment on the floor of the tank can be a breeding ground for bacteria, protozoa, viruses and a host of other contaminants. In some tanks this soft sedimentation becomes a safe habitat where contaminants can grow protected from the chlorine and other treatment chemicals. As billions of bacteria form in the sediment treatment chemicals can be depleted, causing utilities to use more and more until they reach, or exceed, legal limits.

Simple tank cleaning remains the best solution.

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!

Water Tank & Tower Inspection and Cleaning

Since 1997 Ron Perrin Water Technologies, Inc. has been a leader in the inspection and cleaning of potable water storage tanks and towers. We are based out of Fort Worth, Texas with personnel that also call Houston home.

We work in over a dozen states with the bulk of our customers located in Texas. We offer the most information for the lowest possible cost. Our most popular inspection uses a remote underwater camera. With this close look below the waterline we are able to give our customers a first hand look at their water storage facilities with no disruption in service.

For a free quote call 817-377-4899, use the free quote form on the right side of this blog or e-mail a list of your tanks to perrinsales@gmail.com.

Ron Perrin Water Technologies, Inc. may also be reached toll free at: 1-888-481-1768

Tank inspection camera
water tank inspection camera (C) 2010 Ron Perrin Water Technologies

In addition to our remote camera inspection we also offer a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) inspection and for the most detail our potable water diver crew is available.

Water Tank Inspection ROV
DEEP TREKKER ROV (c) 2014 Ron Perrin

All of our inspections cover all AWWA and State inspection requirements documented with photos of each inspection point a video that covers the exterior and interior roof and underwater areas. The remote underwater camera also called a drop camera inspection is a excellent inspection tool for smaller and mid-sized water storage facilities. The ROV is useful when specific areas need to be looked at or to get to the rear of larger facilities.

The dive crew may be the best choice if a more detailed report is needed or if additional work is needed such as tank cleaning or leek repair. We have a new service that was developed exclusively for standpipe type water storage tanks. Standpipe tanks have deeper water than most other tanks making it extremely hazardous for divers. Our cleaning robot offers a unique way to remove sediment and allow your tank to stay in-service. See our other blog post for more information and photos.

Ron Perrin Potable Water Diver Photo (c) 2020 RonPerrin.us

Pricing is quick and free, simply give us a call toll free at 1-888-481-1768. If you prefer using a fax just fax a list of your tanks to 817-246-1740. Be sure to include exactly what type of inspection you would like us to quote. We will need to know the gallon size of the tanks and if they are GST, EST, clear-wells (underground) or standpipe type.

If you prefer to email your request send it to perrinsales@gmail.com.

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

Diving into Drinking Water

We had another great day Diving.

Our thing is to inspect and clean potable water tanks (Drinking Water). We use underwater cameras to make quick work out of tank and tower inspections. If the tank has sediment in the interior floor our potable water dive crew suits up in a dry suit and commercial dive hat so no part of the diver’s body touches the water supply. They are then washed down with a 200ppm chlorine solution to meet EPA standards for diving into potable water.

Over time sediment builds up in most water storage tanks, sediment may be a safe habitat for bacteria, protozoa, and even viruses. Keeping tanks clean and free of sediment is one of the most effective ways to keep water safe to drink. If your system would like a free quote give us a call at 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