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January 2020 Newsletter



Note from the President



Happy New Year! 


As the year begins anew, we find ourselves reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to 2020. We recently completed an intensive value proposition workshop. Our team took stock of how we can be the best partners for our clients. We conducted in-depth interviews with front-line managers at some of the region’s largest hospitals and health systems. Custom solutions begin with understanding the obstacles you face, and we’re taking steps to better understand how we can be an impactful partner for your team. We’ve had a successful year — thanks to partners like you — and we look forward to a year full of continued success that’s built on yours.



Lois Elrich, President

Solid Blend Technologies 




Scale in Your Steam Boiler? That’s a Big Problem


Even a little bit of scale buildup in your steam boiler can cost you a lot of money from the additional energy required to run the system. Scale — even as thin as 1/32” — on the waterside of your boiler heat exchange surfaces can cause loss of thermal conductivity and slow heat transfer. This results in the overheating of boiler tubes, tube failures and loss of energy efficiency. Pre-treatment of boiler make-up water using water softeners, demineralizers or reverse osmosis to remove scale-forming minerals from the water can prevent scale formation. In addition, an ongoing water treatment program and proper boiler blowdown practices can prevent buildup. If you already have scale buildup, a steam boiler cleaning can often restore your system to its optimal energy efficiency levels.


Solid Blend Technologies has multiple proven methods that will keep your boiler system running at maximum efficiency. Solid Blend’s water technologists will help you evaluate your options and return your boiler system to the best condition possible. To schedule your consultation, give us a call at 866-264-8453.




In our experience with emergency Legionella remediations, we’ve seen local and state health departments enforce water restrictions on facilities, until a Water Management Plan is in place that aligns with the CDC’s Legionella Tool Kit. Don’t let your facility’s water management plan fall behind. We’ll work with you to build a plan that follows the CDC’s recommendations. Call us today: 866-264-8453. 


It’s not only a great achievement to be fully in compliance with CMS with zero citations. It’s fully doable too. Hear from one of our own clients who did it.



Budget Season? Don’t Let Your Cooling Tower Bust Your Budget


No matter the contingency built into your budget, an inefficient or failing cooling tower can quickly deplete allocated funds. Having the right water management plan in place to treat and disinfect your cooling tower can keep your device running at optimum efficiency. This AHSRAE 188-compliant step can save your facility tens of thousands of dollars in the short-term by lowering your energy cost and also in the long-term through increased machine life expectancy, reduced downtime and mitigating health and safety issues. Don’t let your funds evaporate. Contact our experts today to find out what you can do to save time and money.




The Podcast You Need to Listen to


A world-renowned expert on Legionella — and frequent consultant to Solid Blend — provides vital information. Listen here



Legionella on the Rise: What One State is Doing About it

Throughout the United States, cases of legionellosis have been on the rise since 2000. In the first half of 2015, three Legionella outbreaks occurred in New York City, resulting in 141 confirmed cases of illness and 13 fatalities. Shortly after the outbreaks, the New York State Department of Health and New York City implemented stringent emergency regulations. These policies were enforced for all owners of buildings with cooling towers, in the hopes of preventing and controlling Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.


Unfortunately these regulations did not have the intended impact, and reported cases of Legionnaires’ continued to trend upward in 2016 and 2017. Some experts believe that the trend can be explained by poor compliance with or enforcement of regulations, or the fact that the regulations focused on cooling towers only, overlooking other potential sources of Legionella. Additionally, improved clinical testing which allows for quicker, more accurate diagnosis of Legionnaires’ could be behind the uptick in reported cases. Our expert team of water technologists are familiar with national industry standards outlined by the CDCASHREA standard 188, CMS and local and state regulations. Let us help you keep your facility safe. Give us a call at 866-264-8453 to schedule a consultation.