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Winter 2018 Update

Note from the President

Happy New Year, everyone!

We at Solid Blend Technologies want to ensure your organization's health and wellness through this season -- and year-round! One way we work to do this is by partnering with our clients to carefully monitor and service their water management systems, helping to keep Legionella under control. The best way to prevent Legionella from becoming a health hazard is to make sure your water management plan adheres to the ANSI-ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. Give us a call so that you can rest easy about your water system and to support the health of your customers in 2018.

Lois Elrich, President
Solid Blend Technologies

Worry-Free Service, So You Can Rest Easy!

Introducing: Worry-Free Service! Our Worry-Free Service means you receive all required services, treatment products, and equipment with the 24/7 monitoring required for a successful water management program without additional, surprise costs. We make it easy by starting with monitoring equipment we install on your systems to constantly review trending data and receive immediate notifications of any issues, any time of day. These alerts allow us to respond faster, save you downtime, and mitigate the cost of problems that can balloon out of control. We own the issue, not you! Additionally, as part of our Worry-Free Service, we inspect your systems annually. If they aren't in tip-top shape, we will clean them at our cost, not yours. It's all designed to allow you to focus on your other operations and feel confident your water management program is running smoothly and safely.

You Need to Know: Ohio EPA Compliance Required for Secondary Disinfection Systems

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) guarantees the quality of Americans' drinking water. The EPA has set the requirements and supervises everything from the states, local areas and water suppliers for water quality. It is important to know these EPA standards come into play when adding a secondary disinfection to control water borne pathogens. If your organization needs a secondary system, you have to comply with Ohio EPA regulation, which requires monitoring and reporting from an EPA-certified operator. Give us a call to help you make sure you're compliant.

Twice-Yearly Cleaning Needed to Keep Your Cooling Towers Running Smoothly

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, all cooling towers should be disinfected and physically cleaned twice a year. Seasonal layups of these systems are also advised. Our experts provide this service with our eight-point checklist, and we'll provide you with documentation of the process for your records. Call us today and we will get started within 24 hours on your cooling tower inspection, physical cleaning and chemical cleaning.

Careful Service and Monitoring Helps Control Legionella

Recently, a large Legionella outbreak occurred at an Ohio retirement community, leaving five people dead and three sickened. Under the belief that their tap water remained clean and safe, this retirement community was unknowingly drinking and bathing in the infected water. The elderly are especially susceptible to Legionnaire's Disease, which is very similar to other types of pneumonia (lung infection). Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and headaches. We responded to this specific emergency by spending 38 hours over two days remediating the deadly bacteria with disinfectant. While Legionella can never be guaranteed from returning, our remediation process successfully disinfected the system, eliminating the Legionella. Careful, ongoing monitoring means that if Legionella appears again, it can be dealt with quickly to prevent more serious health problems.

Customer Spotlight: Hospital Faces Legionella

We partnered with a large hospital in Ohio that discovered Legionella in their potable water system. For a year and a half, we provided remediation actions, but the Legionella kept returning. To counter this, we worked diligently with Dr. Janet Stout (Special Pathogens Laboratory, Pittsburgh), of Special Pathogens Laboratory, the Ohio EPA and a local engineering firm to select, install and provide ongoing maintenance for a Monochloramine secondary disinfection system. The first test after installation of the secondary disinfection showed no Legionella. Even more importantly, the hospital has had no Legionella in its water distribution system in the two years since, helping to maintain the health of its patients, employees and visitors.

Call us to find out how we can help you take control of Legionella too - 866.264.8453.