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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
VIQUA VH410 Home Stainless Steel Ultraviolet Water Disinfection System

VIQUA VH410 UV Water Disinfection System

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”.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

IFAT 2018

IFAT is the World’s leading trade show for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, taking place in Germany. It takes place May 14 – 18, 2018 at Messe Munchen, Munich, Germany.

Trojan Technologies Businesses TrojanUV and Salsnes Filter will be at attendance this year, and will be at Booth A3.526.

IFAT 2018

Trojan Technologies at IFAT

  • Salsnes Filter – Salsnes Filter provides eco-efficient solids separation for municipal and industrial applications. Drop by to see the SF1000 and learn how this compact system integrates solids separation with sludge thickening and dewatering.
  • TrojanUV – Find out why the TrojanUVSigna is the ideal solution for wastewater treatment plants who want to easily upgrade their existing UV system –  and learn why TrojanUV is the best solution when you’re looking to convert from chlorine disinfection.

>> For further information regarding the show, visit the IFAT website here

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.

Hank Vander Laan at Trojan’s 40th Celebration

A 40th Anniversary Celebration to mark Trojan’s 40th Anniversary was held this past summer, and we were fortunate to have a number of people speak at the event including Trojan founder, Hank Vander Laan.

Hank served as Trojan’s leader for almost 25 years – as Founder, as President and CEO, and as the Chairman of the Board. For those years, he was the primary driving force, the entrepreneurial spirit and Trojan’s steadfast and beloved leader. For the past 15 years, he has remained an interested and engaged participant in Trojan’s life, and is still a contributor to its success.

Hank had a number of great memories and stories to share about Trojan’s history, as well as some words of wisdom.

Watch the Full Video of Hank Vander Laan’s speech at Trojan’s 40th Anniversary

Here are just a few selected highlights:

“Corporations are just not some cold neutral entity, but consist of people who have hopes, dreams, ambitions, families, sons and daughters – as do our customers and all those who ultimately participate and benefit from our combined efforts. In Trojan, we see this in spades.”

“Our always growing diversity, people and experience has allowed Trojan to have a leading and meaningful presence in every corner of the globe. How rich and satisfying this diversity – where every person can thrive and make a meaningful contribution.”

“The more I reflected on what really made this company what is is today – is the people. People like you and me. People with hopes and dreams for a better world we can all share in.”

“People at Trojan come from every walk of life, and from every race and tribe. Together, they give it their very best by listening carefully to one another, sharing their dreams, supporting and respecting one another, innovating together and seeking the best for one another.”

Trojan Supports Urban Organic Farming in the City of London

Located just off Highbury Road, north of the Thames River and south of Hamilton Road, in a vacant city space, the not-for-profit organization Urban Roots has set up a community garden dedicated to introducing urban organic farming to the City of London, working to reconnect people and food, and engage local communities.

The four Urban Roots directors

Urban Roots directors (from left to right): Graham Bracken, Heather Bracken, Jeremy Horrell, and Richie Bloomfield

The passion project is made possible by selling some of the organically grown produce at farmers’ markets, while donating the rest to various organizations in the City of London such as the Men’s Mission and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U). In this, their pilot season, Urban Roots was able to donate almost 40% of their harvest to these organizations.

Advocating for Fresh Food on a Budget

Urban Roots holds many opportunities for students in the city by welcoming volunteers, encouraging exploration and social engagement within the city, and by advocating for the enjoyment of fresh food on a budget without being solely reliant on grocery stores.

While considered a success, the first season for Urban Roots has not been free from challenges. In addition to having difficulty securing the land to begin their project, a $300 piece of equipment, which provided power to the fence used to keep out deer and other animals, was stolen from the community garden in the summer of 2017.

Urban Roots’ efforts to provide organic food to all is an inspiration, and the positive impact on the community prompted Trojan Technologies to get involved. Trojan donated a 20 ft. lockable sea container (that had formerly been used to house a treatment system) in an effort to prevent future thefts. Urban Roots makes use of this container for the storage of farm tools and supplies at their garden location.

Trojan was recognized for the generous donation at the Urban Roots 2017 Harvest Dinner, and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of such a worthy cause.

Cheers to 40 Years: Trojan Celebrates 40th Anniversary

‘It all begins by someone having an idea that initially may sound impossible and off the wall – but in the end turns out to be the beginning of something big and profound.’ – Hank Vander Laan

Staff and special guests gather at Trojan's 40th anniversary celebration.2017 marks Trojan’s 40th anniversary and on the afternoon of August 30th, proud Trojan friends, family and associates gathered in London, ON, to enjoy delicious food, great music, and to celebrate all that Trojan has accomplished.

Special guests Jim Lavelle (friend and long-time consultant and advisor), Matt Brown (Mayor of London, Ontario), Kelly Scherr (Managing Director, Environmental and Engineering Services & City Engineer, City of London), George Taylor (former Board Member) and Tania Testa (former Director of Marketing) were invited to share their Trojan stories, and the crowd was thoroughly entertained by passionate recounts of coming of age struggles, huge acts of generosity, and many successes from 1977 to present day.

The event was an enormous success and many thanks goes out to event organizers, vendors, guest speakers and to employees past and present for their drive and dedication to the continued success of Trojan Technologies.

For more from the celebration, watch our highlight reel and we encourage you to share your Trojan story!

Speeches

Weftec 2017

WEFTEC, is the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today.

Join Trojan Technologies at McCormick Place, Chicago from September 30th – October 4th, 2017, where we’ll be showcasing some of the latest products, technologies and services at Booths #1607 and #1612.

Trojan Technologies Celebrates Forty Years

Cheers to Forty Years - Trojan Technologies Celebrates our 40th Anniversary

This year, Trojan Technologies is celebrating our 40th anniversary! To our customers and partners, thank you for collaborating with us – it’s been an honor to help you build water confidence around the world.

Details
Let’s celebrate! Come and enjoy FREE snacks and drinks with us during Day 1 of Weftec.
Monday October 2nd, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Booths #1607 & #1612

Trojan Technologies at WEFTEC

  • Salsnes FilterSalsnes Filter provides eco-efficient solids separation. See how Salsnes can improve more than primary treatment and drop by to learn how it can enhance the performance of both secondary treatment and digesters. Booth #1612.
  • TrojanUV – Find out why the TrojanUVSigna is the ideal solution for wastewater treatment plants who want to easily upgrade their existing UV system –  and learn why TrojanUV is the best solution when you’re looking to convert from chlorine disinfection. Booth #1607.
  • USP Technologies –  Learn more about USP Technologies‘s peroxygen-based technologies and full-service chemical treatment programs for municipal and industrial applications. Booth #1612.

>> Visit the WEFTEC 2017 site here