Water Quality Concerns When Reopening Your Business

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many business closed their facilities. As regions are now reopening, business owners should be thinking about something they may not have had to give a lot of thought to before: the water quality in their buildings.

If your business has experienced low, or no water flow conditions in your building due to a shutdown, you should be exercising caution in re-opening regarding your water.

According to the U.S. EPA, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies at this time and treatment plants have continued to operate and meet the same water standards as always.

This includes the use of residual disinfectant levels in order to inhibit microbial growth in transit. However, even under normal circumstances, the residual disinfectant typically dissipates in a matter of days or weeks.

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Water Quality in Your Building May be Stagnant & Degraded

Since many businesses have closed their facilities for weeks or even months at a time, the quality of water in service lines to commercial buildings and within those buildings may have degraded and become stagnant.

This significantly increases the risk from opportunistic pathogens like Legionella, some Mycobacteria and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Growth of non-pathogenic organisms could also impact the taste or smell of a water supply.

This is of particular concern where water use produces aerosols, such as:

  • Showers in gyms, fitness facilities and recreational buildings
  • Showers in hotels, motels and B&Bs
  • Taps in hair salons, barber shops and restaurants
  • Even simple toilet flushing
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4 Top Water Tips for Business Owners

  1. Understand what actions were taken to bring the building back into service, e.g., flushing, chlorination, etc.
  2. Engage a plumber and/or water treatment professional to service/clean the water treatment equipment within your control.
  3. Communicate with employees and customers about actions taken.
  4. Consider installing a point-of-entry ultraviolet (UV) treatment to minimize risk now and mitigate stagnant water problems in the future.

    After the flushing and disinfecting of the plumbing, your business can now create its own “water ecosystem”.

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Further Things to Keep in Mind for Your Reopening

It takes a concerted effort at every level to prepare businesses from a safe water perspective. Utilities, public health authorities, engineers, building owners, plumbers, water treatment professionals and business owners may all need to be involved.

Key Advantages of UV Disinfection

As mentioned above, installing UV water disinfection system will provide a disinfection barrier to minimize risk now and mitigate future stagnant water problems.

  • UV is a chemical-free, environmentally-friendly process, that adds nothing to the water and will not change taste or odor of the water.
  • Requires no transportation, storage or handling of toxic or corrosive chemicals.
  • Highly effective at inactivating a broad range of microorganisms – including chlorine-resistant pathogens like Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

Any subsequent reopenings resulting from COVID-19 or even a boil water advisory will be made simpler and more convenient with your UV system already installed.

Tips for Building Owners

  • Contact your government environmental public health departments for advice about building water safety
  • Work with qualified professionals to bring all building services, including water and sewer, back online
  • Communicate information provided by the health department to your building occupants

Tips for Water Treatment Professionals

  • Try to engage building owners before water services are brought back online
  • Protect water treatment equipment from further contamination during service line and plumbing flushes
  • Perform proper flushing, cleaning, sanitizing and servicing of water treatment systems

Further Resources and References

¹ Building Owner Resources

² Water Treatment Professional Resources

³ Business Owner Resources

Ballast Water Treatment Business Update

Trojan Technologies has been investing in and committed to the ballast water treatment market since 2008. Unfortunately, due to regulatory delays and increasingly challenging market dynamics, our initial assessment of the opportunity has not been realized.

Based on these factors, Trojan has made the extremely difficult decision to exit the ballast water treatment market and will begin winding down related activity over the next couple of months.

We are fully committed to our channel partners as they continue to service and support vessels with Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system installations. We will also honor and fulfill all existing customer commitments by completing the design, manufacture, and supply of Trojan Marinex BWT systems currently on order.

COVID-19 & UV Disinfection

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people around the world are asking if UV light can potentially play a role in helping to combat the spread of this virus. These questions are mainly associated with UV light’s ability to disinfect surfaces, equipment, and devices.

The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) – a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of ultraviolet technologies to help address public health and environmental concerns – has assembled a group of leading experts from around the world to develop guidance on the effective use of UV technology, as a disinfection measure, to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

The IUVA believes that UV disinfection technologies can play a role in a multiple barrier approach to reducing the transmission of the virus causing COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, based on current disinfection data and empirical evidence. For more information, visit iuva.org/COVID-19.

How UV Light Disinfects Water

Trojan Technologies designs and manufactures systems that disinfect water with UV light in the UV-C spectrum – we do not design or manufacture systems or products that disinfect surfaces or air.

In water disinfection applications, UV light provides rapid, effective inactivation of microorganisms through a physical process. When bacteria, viruses and protozoa are exposed to germicidal wavelengths of UV light, they are instantaneously rendered incapable of reproducing and infecting. The process adds nothing to the water but UV light, has no impact on chemical composition or dissolved oxygen content, and does not create disinfection by-products.

Microorganisms are inactivated by UV light as a result of damage to nucleic acids. The high energy associated with short wavelength UV energy, primarily at 254 nm, is absorbed by cellular RNA and DNA. This absorption of UV energy forms new bonds between adjacent nucleotides, creating double bonds or dimers. Dimerization of adjacent molecules, particularly thymine, is the most common photochemical damage. Formation of numerous thymine dimers in the DNA of bacteria and viruses prevents replication and inability to infect.

UV light has demonstrated efficacy against pathogenic organisms, including those responsible for cholera, polio, typhoid, hepatitis and other bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases.

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*Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. We will update this post with relevant details as they become available.

COVID-19 & Water

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, questions about the virus’s potential transmission and/or persistence in drinking water and wastewater are being asked.

The World Health Organization has issued guidance on water, sanitation and health care waste which is relevant for viruses (including coronaviruses). It can be found here.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration have also issued guidance. It can be found using the links below:

The National Association of Water Companies, the American Water Works Association and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies have also issued a joint statement reassuring the public about the safety of tap water. You can read it here.

UV disinfection and advanced oxidation systems safeguard water against bacteria, protozoa, viruses and chemical contaminants. Every day, our UV systems treat billions of gallons of water and wastewater around the world in municipal, industrial, and residential applications.

 

*Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. We will update this post with relevant details as they become available.

COVID-19 Business Operations Update

Trojan Technologies is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its various impacts on our associates, customers, suppliers, and partners around the world.

We are committed to providing the highest level of service and support possible during these unprecedented times, and our continuity plan addresses our ability to continue business operations, at corporate offices around the world and remotely, to ensure that our customers can continue to communicate with us.

We’re here for you. Thank you for your continued business and partnership.

Important Contact Information For Customers

For Residential Customers

For Municipal and Industrial Customers

  • For technical support and service, please call 1-866-388-0488 (in North America) or +1 519-457-2318 (international), or email tac@trojanuv.com
  • To inquire about replacement parts for TrojanUV systems, click here
  • To inquire about replacement parts for Aquafine systems, click here

General Inquiries

  • Please call +1 519-457-3400 or 1-888-220-6118, or click here

 

Trojan Technologies to Receive 2020 Corporate Icon Award

The London Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Icon Award is presented to a corporation that has demonstrated particular excellence or achievement in business, making either an immediate impact on or a substantial long-term contribution to the economic progress of the London community. Past winners include StarTech.com, 3M Canada, and Labatt Breweries.

“Each year, the London Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors chooses a corporation that has demonstrated particular excellence or achievement in business to receive the Corporate Icon Award,” said Chamber CEO, Gerry Macartney. “Trojan Technologies is more than deserving of this honor and we are looking forward to presenting this award to them at the Business Achievement Award gala on March 25, 2020.”

“We are extremely honored to be receiving this recognition and are humbled to be named alongside the past recipients of this award,” says Stephen Bell, President of Trojan Technologies. “We look forward to celebrating with the London business community next year.”

The 2020 Business Achievement Awards gala will take place on March 25, 2020 at RBC Place London.

UV Water Treatment Product Development & Commercialization

At WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago, Trojan Technologies President, Stephen Bell, took Water Online Editor, Kevin Westerling, on a tour of our booth. During the tour, Stephen discussed the importance of strategic research and development and also explained why the TrojanUVFlex™ is garnering significant interest from municipalities around the world.

The TrojanUVFlex is ideal for non-potable reuse and other applications with low water quality, as well as 4-log virus applications in drinking water. Built on the proven Solo Lamp Technology platform, it provides municipalities with the most energy-efficient delivery of high UV doses in an extremely compact footprint.

IFAT 2018 Recap

This past May, Trojan traveled to Munich Germany for IFAT, the World’s leading trade show for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. It was a record breaking year for the show with the number of visitors increasing by 4% to more than 141,000.

Crowd in Trojan Technologies booth.

Visitors to the Trojan Technologies booth.

At the show, TrojanUV showcased the TrojanUVSigna, the ideal solution for wastewater treatment plants wanting to easily upgrade their existing UV system, or convert from chlorine disinfection.

Also in attendance, Salsnes Filter displayed the SF1000, a compact system integrating primary solids separation with sludge thickening and dewatering.

Steffano Salvatore (right) with Tom Freyberg of PennWell International (left).

Salnes Filter’s Business Development Manager for Europe, Steffano Salvatore had the opportunity to chat with WaterWorld to discuss the future of municipal wastewater treatment across Europe and the benefits of the Salsnes Filter system. Watch the interview now.

The next IFAT takes place in Munich from May 4 – 8, 2020 and it is expected that the popularity of the show will continue to rise as the need for more sustainable use of resources intensifies.

Further Reading

Trojan Organizational Announcement

Earlier this week, Trojan Technologies President Marv DeVries shared the news with Trojan Associates that he will be retiring from Trojan this Spring. He looks forward to spending more time with his wife Peggy, their children and grandchildren, and being engaged in a variety of non-profit activities.

Marv joined Trojan 30 years ago in 1988. He has held progressively senior leadership roles in the Company and was appointed President in 2003, a position he has held for nearly fifteen years. With a background in engineering, Marv’s strategic vision, industry expertise and skilled leadership have contributed immeasurably to Trojan’s growth and success.

Trojan Technologies Well Positioned to Continue Path of Growth

DeVries states:

“We live in a world of growing water stress and water scarcity, and the solutions that Trojan offers in response are sought after for their reliability, their efficiency and for the trusted support that we provide.

Collectively, the Trojan team represents one of the greatest concentrations of expertise in the global water industry. The businesses have collectively never been stronger, and are very well-positioned to continue on a path of growth. As such, I believe that this is the right time to step down as President.”

When Marv joined Trojan 30 years ago, the company was comprised of one business unit, and revenues were $5 million.

The company has since grown to:

  • Six businesses serving different segments of the water treatment market with revenues of US $250M (CDN $300M)
  • 750 associates, operating from 25 locations in 16 countries
  • Manufacturing in London & Guelph, Ontario, Valencia, California & Salsnes, Norway
  • > 5.0% of revenues re-invested in Innovation
  • More than 10,000 municipal installations on 6 continents in over 100 countries*

New Trojan Technologies President Appointed

Trojan is pleased to announce that Stephen Bell, will be appointed as the new President of Trojan Technologies. Stephen will assume this role effective March 12th, 2018.

Stephen Bell - New Trojan Technologies President Appointed

Marv DeVries and Stephen Bell with Hank Vander Laan (Founder of Trojan Technologies)

Stephen is currently President of Aquafine (a Trojan business) and McCrometer – both part of Danaher’s water quality platform.

Since 2006, Stephen has held leadership roles in product management, business development and service with Hach Ultra Analytics and Hach EU – companies that are also part of the water quality platform. Stephen earned a Masters in Engineering from the University of Durham, England and an MBA from IMD International in Lausanne. He and his family will be relocating to the London, Ontario area.

“It was my privilege to participate in the selection process for my successor in this role. I have known Steve for several years, as a colleague within Danaher.

Steve is a good listener, a creative thinker and a dedicated leader and team player, and I have no doubt that he will bring these qualities to his role as Trojan’s next President. We congratulate him and welcome him as he transitions into this new role.” – Marv DeVries

* To put some of the numbers into context, the number of TrojanUV installations worldwide represents:

  • Displacement of over 285 railroad tanker cars of liquid chlorine (a train > 5 km long), every day.
  • The reduction total carbon emissions by the equivalent of emissions from ~ 800,000 cars & trucks, in 2017 alone.

Trojan ‘Goes Purple’ to Shine the Light on Woman Abuse

Since 2007, the London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC) has been running the highly successful “Shine the Light on Woman Abuse” campaign.

During the month of November, homes, neighborhoods, businesses, cities, and counties are encouraged to ‘go purple’ to raise awareness of violence against women. The campaign was designed to support abused women in understanding that any shame and/or blame felt, does not belong to them but to the perpetrators of their abuse; and to raise the profile of the community agencies that can provide abused women with help as they attempt to live their lives free from violence and abuse.

Continuing to Shine the Light

2017 marks Trojan’s 6th year supporting the campaign and to help raise awareness, Trojan sported purple lights in the cafeteria throughout the month. On December 15th (Wear Purple Day), many associates wore purple and beautiful merchandise was sold in the cafeteria.

Trojan raised over $700 through personal donations and the sale of scarves, socks, pins, and keychains – the proceeds of which was all donated to the London Abused Women’s Centre.

Let’s all continue to ‘Shine the Light’, and work to end abuse against women.