Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Chloramines: The hidden cost associated with owning a chlorinated pool

By Saumya Garg All of us are familiar with the “chlorine” smell of a swimming pool. In reality, it is not the chlorine but the chloramine that we smell in the pool air. When free chlorine from the pool water combines with ammonia present in the sweat and other bodily fluids of swimmers, chloramines are 


Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Combating waterborne illnesses: Chlorine is not enough!

It is estimated that globally close to 85 million people visit a water park annually. According to Statista, as of 2019, there are about 1,158 water parks in the United States alone, of which 817 are Outdoor parks, 155 are indoor resorts, 111 are stand-alone indoor water parks and the remaining 75 are resorts with 


Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Listeria: A Nightmare for the Ready-to-Eat Foods Industry

By Saumya Garg Spread over a period of about a year and a half, from January 2017 to July 2018, South Africa saw the deaths of 216 people and the hospitalization of over 800 people. The cause: Listeriosis caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis is a rare, yet serious food borne illness with a 


Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Utilization of UV as a preventative control for Legionella in hot water systems

By: Brian Grochowski One of the common places where Legionella can grow and multiply is within hot water systems such as domestic hot water heaters, commercial hot water storage tanks, etc. While hot water environments are typically unfavorable for most organisms, Legionella grows best within a temperature range of 77F-108F. Outside of that range, Legionella 


Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Operating temperature effects on UV treatment of sucrose (and other sugar syrups)

By Brian Grochowski One of the most common but misunderstood applications for UV disinfection is for treating sugar syrups such as liquid sucrose. Sucrose is quite common in the beverage industry for use in flavored waters, carbonated beverages, teas, etc. While beverages made with sucrose syrups have some perceived consumer benefits compared to HFCS syrups, 


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Is clean water a bigger threat than climate change?

By: Brian Grochowski On a recent CBS News interview, Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), stated that he believed “water issues are the largest and most immediate environmental and public health issue affecting the world right now. By water issues, I mean primarily clean and safe drinking water, marine litter 


Monday, February 18th, 2019

Can automation in an aquatic facility be counterproductive?

By: Dr. John Psaroudis Within an aquatic facility, a UV disinfection system is traditionally installed as a stand-alone device. Its presence usually goes unnoticed as it treats countless gallons of water every day, ensuring chloramines are destroyed and water borne pathogens are inactivated. It also pays little attention to the other equipment surrounding it, that 


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Déjà vu all over again – Romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli from irrigation water

By: Brian Grochowski Back in June 2018, 210 people were infected with E. coli O157:H7 and 96 people were hospitalized, and five people died having consumed contaminated romaine lettuce. The source of contamination was found to be the canal water used to irrigate the lettuce. Fewer than six months after that outbreak, a similar event 


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Aquionics UV solution reduces energy and maintenance costs at City of Silverton wastewater treatment plant

UV disinfection technology treats one million gallons of wastewater per day for reuse in award-winning botanical garden irrigation project Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems from Aquionics are producing significant energy and maintenance savings for a wastewater treatment plant in the City of Silverton, Oregon. The facility collects all the residential, commercial and industrial wastewater produced by 


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Valcour Process Technologies to provide Aquionics UV technology to Cheese Producers

Aquionics has entered into a partnership agreement with Valcour Process Technologies for the distribution of its ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems to cheese producers in the upper Midwest. The agreement enables Valcour to offer Aquionics UVEO and UVEO H products for pasteurized equivalent water applications across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin, where there is a