August 17, 2014

Now we can add a brain-eating amoeba to the list of contaminants that can be in tank sediment

Posted in Inspecting & Cleaning Potable Water Storage, Potable Water Tank Cleaning, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 12:47 am by Ron Perrin

Removing sediment from the floor of your water tanks and towers may also be removing the habitat that allows bacteria, protozoa and viruses from getting a foothold in your distribution system.   Now we can add a brain-eating amoeba to the list of contaminants that the sediment on the floor of your water storage tank can support.

Number of Case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis Caused by Naegleria fowler

September 16, 2013, NBC News reported: “Deadly brain amoeba infects US tap water for the first time”. The death of a 4-year-old boy near Violet, LA., was linked to the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. The child had been playing on a backyard slip-n-slide that used water from the St. Bernard Parish water system, that was later found to be contaminated with the amoeba. “Tests show it’s present throughout the water supply system in St. Bernard Parish, directly southeast of New Orleans.”

According to the CDC:  “Naegleria fowleri (commonly referred to as the “brain-eating amoeba” or “brain-eating ameba”), is a free-living microscopic ameba, (single-cehttp://www.cdc.gov/parasites/images/naegleria/naegleria-cases-by-state-logo.jpglled living organism). It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). The ameba is commonly found in warm freshwater (e.g. lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Naegleria fowleri usually infects people when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. Once the ameba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM, which is usually fatal. Infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers. In very rare instances,Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated and contaminated tap water) enters the nose. You cannot get infected from drinking water contaminated with Naegleria.”

 

The CDC also tested nearby DeSoto Parish Waterworks Dist. #1 because it was the near the site of an infection that happened in 2011 from non-potable water (lake or river, etc.). On October 8, 2013, The CDC confirmed the presence of the rare amoeba in five locations in DeSoto Parish Waterworks Dist. #1.

Heat is also a factor, an increase in only ten degrees can double the speed of bacteria growth. As record high temperatures become more common in summer months we see that keeping water distribution tanks free of sediment build up may be more important than ever before. Removing the sediment from your water tank may prevent a disaster before it can ever start.

Number of Case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis by State of Exposure:

Ron Perrin is the owner of Ron Perrin Water Technologies in Fort Worth, Texas. Since 1997 his company has inspected over six thousand water storage tanks and towers in 14 states. Ron may be contacted through his web site at www.ronperrin.com

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May 2, 2010

Potable Water Tank Cleaning

Posted in 62-555.350., FLORIDA Rule 62-555.350., Potable Water Tank Cleaning, Potable Water Tank Inspection tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:18 pm by Ron Perrin

Our Potable water tank & tower cleaning will allow you to meet the requirementa of FLORIDA Rule 62-555.350.  Our service offers removal of all sediment from the floor of the facility with little water los and little if any disruption in service.        Please visit our main company web site at http://www.ronperrin.com

or call us toll free at   888-481-1768

Potable Water Diver in Kirby Morgan Helment

Since 1997 Ron Perrin Water Technologies has offered underwater inspection and cleaning services.  All of our equipment is purchased for and only used in potable water.  We will save you time water and money while delivering the best inspection report in the industry.

THE EPA IS NOW CONSIDERING REQUIRING ALL WATER STORAGE TANKS TO BE INSPECTED AND CLEANED

For more information see: THE WATER PROJECT BLOG AT  www.ronperrin.us

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Our company offers the best inspections in the industry. To do that we have the right inspection tools for

your facility.  Starting with the “Remote Camera Inspection”  our specialy designed underwater camera and

lighting system is the perfect fit for smaller and mid sized tanks and towers.  For midsize and larger facilities we offer a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) or diver inspections.  The ROV can make its way to the rear of large water storage tanks and towers with no disruption in your water service.

Video Ray ROV

This video lets you see what it takes to inspect a water storage tower using the video ray ROV.

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