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A Podcast for water treaters who deal with the treatment of cooling towers, boiler and closed loop systems.
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In today’s episode, I am doing one of my favorite things – answering your questions!    As water treaters, it is so vital that we stay curious and continue to learn all that we can about our industry. That is why I love these episodes so much. It gives us a chance to discuss some common questions that many water treaters have. In today’s episode, we get technical! We will be discussing wet analysis, keeping track of stack temperatures on boilers, and more.    Please enjoy this episode of Pinks and Blues, where I answer some of the questions submitted by members of the Scaling UP! Nation, and let’s remember to scale up on knowledge so that we don’t scale up our systems!      Time Stamps:   More about wet analysis [5:30]   Logging stack temperatures on a boiler [14:20]   Boilers with feed water tanks and oxygen corrosion [20:54]      Quotes:   “You, as the water treater, are the biggest advocate for the boiler.”   “When we understand what we do better, not only do we get better as individuals, but we get better as an industry.”    Links:  Submit a show idea   Register for the Scaling UP! Hang  Rising Tide Mastermind  HC Info - As Trace mentioned, for a limited time, companies that are not already LAMPS partners can get 7% off the ASSE 12080 Legionella certification training courses. Just select the ASSE Course Bundle in the order form and enter this discount code in the checkout page: scalingup5
Happy Thanksgiving Scaling UP! Nation! I am so thankful for each and every one of you! I am also thankful for the organizations out there that help each of us do our jobs better.  There are so many organizations out there that support us in the water treatment industry. Usually, people tend to think about large-scale global organizations, but there are so many local resources that we can work with and learn from as well. My guest today is Max Herzog of the Cleveland Water Alliance. The Cleveland Water Alliance is a collection of forward-thinking research institutions, industry leaders, environmental organizations, and public utilities that together advance a new way of thinking about regional economic development. Max talks to us all about the Cleveland Water Alliance and how organizations like this are moving the water industry forward.   I hope you enjoy today’s episode, and it inspires you to look into some local organizations in your area that you can learn from and partner with.     Time Stamps:  Introducing Max Herzog [6:57]  What is the Cleveland Water Alliance? [8:16]  Some of the Cleveland Water Alliance’s current projects [10:05]  What does the process with the Cleveland Water Alliance look like? [16:36]  How do people engage with the Cleveland Water Alliance? [19:00]  What Max sees as the most significant issue when it comes to water [22:38]  Where to find out more about the Cleveland Water Alliance [29:02]  The one thing Max would like to communicate in this episode [31:07]    Quotes:  “Our focus is on the value of water innovation.”  “Consider innovation and invest in innovation.”  “I encourage folks to think about the possibilities. Don’t shut out innovation as something that’s a waste of time.”    Links:  Cleveland Water Alliance  Rising Tide Mastermind  Erie Hack  12 Week Year Submit a Show Idea  
In our industry, it is so important to stay on top of new technology. Did you know that feed pumps can now use intelligent pumps, cloud connectivity and digital services? This new technology can enable real-time monitoring, remote control, fault prediction and system optimization to help you reach a new level of performance. In today’s episode, I am speaking with Jared Gabel. Jared is a market development manager at GRUNDFOS, the largest pump manufacturer in the world. In addition to knowing a lot about feed pumps, Jared is in a Green Day cover band. I think that’s pretty cool because Green Day may or may not be my music of choice when it comes to singing karaoke. We talk about all types of boiler feed pumps and all upcoming technology and improvements in the space. Enjoy!   Timestamps:  Introducing Jared Gabel [8:12]  Metering pumps [10:30]  Different types of drive mechanisms [12:45]  New features of pumps [17:25]  How should we be sizing pumps? [21:10]  Calibrating a pump [26:05]  Changes in technology with metering pumps [30:10]  Metering pump installation [37:22]  What is the one thing you want people to stop doing? [45:08]     Quotes:  “You can make it as complex or as simple as you want, depending on the technology you choose.” - Jared Gabel  “Don’t be opening the brains of the pump if you are not a brain surgeon.” -Jared Gabel  “Be open to the new technologies that are out there.” -Jared Gabel    Links:  Jared’s LinkedIn Profile  Chemical Compatibility Database  Scaling Up! Hang  Rising Tide Mastermind  GRUNDFOS Technical Institute  Jared’s Green Day Cover Band   
Scaling UP! Nation, it’s hard to run your life. Everyone expects the most from you, and you expect the most out of yourself. This leaves most of us running faster and faster until we run out of gas. We all need to take time to get gas and make sure we take care of ourselves before we take care of everything else. The problem is, we don’t. Stave yourself too long without that needed gas, and you may not have the option of refueling. My lab partner in today’s episode is John Fenton, the “CEO Sensei.” John J Fenton is a Certified Success Principles™ Trainer, an award-winning speaker, best-selling author, and leading authority in Leadership. Following a successful 30+Year career as a Managing Partner and CPA in one of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms, John launched his business in 2013 in executive coaching and consulting to help busy executives be the best leaders they can be. John shares his personal story with us to better take care of ourselves as we become better business owners, managers, technicians, and everything in between. Please enjoy my interview with John Fenton. Time Stamps:   Introducing John Fenton [7:45]   John’s breakthrough goal [18:41]   Taking five minutes each day to re-focus [23:00]   Advice for choosing to be different [25:45]   Being selective with the information you absorb [31:38]   John walks us through a short meditation [40:04]   John’s advice on where to start [49:04]        Discussion Questions:   Is there an area in your life where you need to choose to be different?   Where can you carve five minutes out of your day to focus on what you are grateful for?   Do you have a clear vision of your purpose and passion in life?       Key Quotes:   “Enjoy your success now.” - John Fenton   “Frequency and repetition is so important in everything we do.” - John Fenton   “Take just five minutes in the day... focus on some breathing and focus on what you are grateful for.” - John Fenton     Links Mentioned in this Episode:  Episode 92  The 5 Minute Mastery  John’s Website  John’s LinkedIn  Brene Brown’s TED Talk  Episode 131  Episode 156 
In this week’s special episode on the day before a spooky holiday, I only felt it would be appropriate to celebrate Halloween! Did you know that there are legends of haunted boiler rooms throughout the country? A lot of boiler rooms feel a little spooky. I know you probably have your own story about a haunted boiler room. If an operator is there long enough, the operator is bound by some operator code to come up with a guest story about the boiler room. Or they take his operator card away. In today’s episode, I am reading a Halloween-time favorite, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, to get us in the spirit. Enjoy!     Time Stamps:  Famous haunted boiler rooms [2:15]  The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe [4:50]  Why we read The Raven today [14:55]  Upcoming Virtual Hang [17:40]     Links:  Register for the After Hours Hang Here  Rising Tide Mastermind   
When I recorded this interview some months back, I didn’t realize how important this topic would become. For so many of us, our lives have moved to the digital space due to the pandemic. We are online now more than ever! Our kids are learning online, our meetings and even our conferences have moved to virtual spaces. We must know how to navigate this new world safely.    Our guest on today’s episode is Keyaan Williams. Keyaan is the director of Cyber Leadership and Security Solutions, LLC. He helps customers solve their people, processes, and strategy problems related to enterprise risk management and cybersecurity.    In today’s episode, we talk all about cyber attack prevention. I hope you will put some of these practices into place both personally and at work to set yourself up for success when it comes to cybersecurity.      Key points   11:57- introducing Keyaan Williams   14:37 - similarities between Keyaan’s early career in the military and his work in cybersecurity    16:10 - why should we care about cybersecurity?   22:13- what kind of procedures should we have in place   27:22 - what are phishing emails, and how can we protect ourselves against them?   32:45- ransomware attacks and how to prevent them    38:43- the importance of backups   42:15 - how to approach a business impact analysis   44:52 - what should we be doing as water treaters to protect our customers and ourselves?   47:38 - Keyaan’s advice for home cybersecurity   52:07 - Keyaan’s number one piece of advice        Key quotes   “Cyber security is for everyone.” - Keyaan Williams   “Good practices and behavior will help decrease your risk drastically.” - Keyaan Williams    Links  Rising Tide Mastermind   Keyaan’s LinkedIn  Cyber Leadership and Strategy Solutions, LLC  NIST Cybersecurity Framework   
Have you ever felt like you had the best made plans but you did not achieve your goal?  Or your team did not achieve the goal?  Well... you are not alone.  If only we could apply some disciplines that allow us to see potential pitfalls and help get everyone on the team engaged to achieving the goal.  Today, Chris McChesney from the Franklin Covey organization is joining us on the Scaling UP! H2O. He is the author of #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The 4 Disciplines of Execution is a set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results, regardless of the goal. I am so excited for you to learn from Chris McChesney on today’s episode and apply his teachings to your goals!    Key Points:  Introducing Chris McChesney [5:45]  Chris’ background [7:28]  Who should be reading The 4 Disciplines of Execution? [10:00]  Four principles behind the disciplines [12:15]  Focus on the wildly important  [22:51]  Act on lead measures [28:00]   Keep a compelling scoreboard [31:40]  Create a cadence of accountability [39:00]  What is the most common stumbling point with The 4 Disciplines of Execution? [43:33]  What can we look forward to in the new edition of the 4 Disciplines of Execution? [51:12]    Key Quotes:  “What are the fewest battles necessary to win the war?”  “Don’t be afraid to put disproportionate amounts of energy against very tactical wins.”  “Keep the focus small.”    Links Mentioned in this Episode:  Rising Tide Mastermind  Scaling Up! H2O Shop  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People  The 4 Disciplines of Execution  Chris’ LinkedIn Profile   
We are wrapping up our special series for Industrial Water Week. Today’s episode is all about careers! Which means we are celebrating YOU – the fine people within the noble Industrial Water Treatment profession. Thank you to each of you that sent in clips of your kids telling us what you do. If anything, we’ve learned that what we do isn’t the easiest to explain.   Join me as we celebrate: Water Management Specialists, Technical Support Engineers, Application Engineers, Business Development Managers, Accountants, Supply Chain Managers, Management, Administrators, Marketing Specialists, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Human Resources, and many more!      Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IWW20 and post a picture of your water cake! We would also love to hear how you got into the water treatment industry.     Be sure to check out our new Scaling Up! H2O shop to see our new water treatment merchandise.  Key Points  Water treatment careers [1:55]  The importance of mentorship in the water treatment industry [3:45]  Industrial Water Treatment Jeopardy [4:37]  Doctor H2O [6:55]  Scaling Up! H2O Shop [17:35]  Our kid’s explanations of what we do as water treaters [18:20]  Closing Industrial Water Week 2020 [20:30]    Links  Water Cake Recipe  Scaling Up! H2O Shop 
Hello, and welcome back to our special series for Industrial Water Week. Today’s episode is all about wastewater! Test your water treatment knowledge with Industrial Water Treatment Jeopardy and find out what Detective H2O has been up to since we last talked.  In regards to wastewater we will discuss filtration, coagulants, flocculants, microbiological treatment, filter presses, oxidation, gray water, recycling, equalization basins, dissolved air filtration, induced air filtration, settling tanks, mixing tanks, water analysis, recycling, reuse, polymers, and much more! Thank you so much for joining us as we celebrate the best week of the year!  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IWW20 and post a picture or video to celebrate Industrial Water Week.   Be sure to check out our new Scaling Up! H2O shop to see our new water treatment merchandise.    Key Points  Kevin Cope on wastewater treatment [3:05]  Scaling Up! H2O Shop [7:45]  Industrial Water Treatment Jeopardy [8:26]  Detective H2O [10:09]  Challenge to use #IWW20 [18:50]  Links  Industrial Water Week  Episode 78  Episode 79  Scaling Up! H2O Shop  Water Cake Recipe 
Hello, and welcome back to our special series for Industrial Water Week. Today's episode is all about cooling! We will celebrate everything cooling in today's episode! From Trace's favorite cooling tower stories to finding out what Detective H2O is up to next, this episode has something for everyone!  open-recirculating cooling towers  evaporative condensers  chillers  closed loops  cooling chemistry  cycles of concentration  energy efficiency  water efficiency  microbiological control  biocide  corrosion minimization  scale/deposit minimization  safety  water analysis  blowdown control  calculations  Don't forget to use the hashtag #IWW20 to share with the Nation! what you are doing to you celebrate this week!    Have you seen our new merch? Visit the new Scaling Up! H2O shop to see our new water treater products!       Key Points  Industrial Water Treatment Jeopardy [2:50]  Detective H2O [4:43]  One of Trace’s favorite cooling tower stories [14:30]  Brett Alexander’s episodes on cooling towers [20:10]    Links  Industrial Water Week  Scaling Up! Shop  Episode 137  Episode 138     
We are continuing our special series of episodes for Industrial Water Week and today’s episode is all about boilers! Boiler Tuesday is about celebrating:  boiler chemistry  cycles of concentration  energy efficiency  water efficiency, safety  boiler water analysis  blowdown control  calculations  corrosion minimization  scale/deposit minimization  water analysis  Much more!  If these topics excite you, you do not want to miss today’s episode! Detective H2O will make an appearance. It's the perfect way to celebrate Industrial Water Week. Use the hashtag #IWW20 and let everyone know how you celebrate the most important week of the year. Gather the family and give our water cake recipe a try to celebrate #BoilerTuesday. (Can we link the water cake recipe here - I uploaded a PDF to the file)   Be sure to check out our new Scaling Up! H2O shop to see our new water treatment merchandise!    Key points:  Water cake recipe [2:00]  Introduction to boilers [3:02]  Industrial Water Treatment Jeopardy [3:45]  Difference between steam boiler and hot loop boiler [6:20]  Detective H2O [7:06]  Trace’s boiler story [13:50]    Links:  Industrial Water Week  Scaling Up! Shop   
Today we are kicking off Industrial Water Week, and I couldn’t be more excited! This week is truly one of the best weeks of the year. We have created a week of episodes to help you celebrate this wonderful holiday! James McDonald, Mr. Industrial Water Week himself, will be sharing with us each day. You do not want to miss hearing what Detective H2O has been up to.   Today is what we are calling Pretreatment Monday. In this episode, we will celebrate water softeners, reverse osmosis, demineralizers, dealkalizers, filters, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, cold lime softeners, hot lime softeners, clarifiers, deaerators, electrodeionization, water chemistries, water analysis, and much more!   Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IWW20 and try the water cake recipe today!   Be sure to check out our new Scaling Up! H2O shop to see our new water treatment merchandise.    Key Points:  James McDonald welcomes us to Industrial Water Week [3:27]   Industrial Water Treatment Jeopardy [5:20]  Importance of pretreatment [7:05]  Detective H2O [8:55]  Water Cake recipe [19:42]  Links:  Industrial Water Week  Episode 97  Scaling Up! Shop  Water Cake Recipe 
Happy Association of Water Technologies 2020 Convention week! If it weren't for COVID19, we would all be together right now. However, through the magic of technology, we are virtually together. Proving once again, we can get through COVID19. We can get through anything! We are Water Treaters! Every year the Association of Water Technologies bestows an award called The Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award. The Association of Water Technologies describes this award as follows:  The Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award, recognizing "outstanding entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the field of water treatment," will be awarded at the Annual Reception and Awards Dinner held during the Annual Convention.    The award is named after Ray Baum, one of AWT's founders. Baum viewed the association as a nurturing support network for small and medium-sized companies, to provide knowledge and activities to allow these companies to grow and compete in the worldwide marketplace. He was committed to the industry whose growth he helped build throughout his career. The recipient should exemplify these characteristics.    I am humbled to be the recipient of this award for 2020. Something to celebrate in a year that hasn't had a lot of celebration! Thank you to all who nominated me, and thank you to the AWT board for selecting me as this year's recipient. I look at this award as a symbol of the effect the Scaling UP! Nation! has had on so many, including me. Thank you for being part of The Nation! and being part of something that can elevate the entire water treatment industry.    This award is given every year. Who do you think will be next? Will it be someone you know? A guest of this show? Or will it be you? I urge you to look for the qualities that this award celebrates in all water treaters, including yourself. If you would like to nominate someone, please click here:    Please enjoy this special episode.    Key Points:  The Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award [1:50]  The importance of mentors [7:05]  The acceptance speech [7:45]  Winner’s history in water treatment [8:20]  Scaling Up! H2O Podcast [10:00]  Rising Tide Mastermind [11:09]  Navigating the Pandemic while Innovating for the Future [20:15]    Links:  AWT Interactive Annual Convention and Exposition  Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award  Episode 154  Rising Tide Mastermind  Industrial Water Week 
Our test kits are our greatest tool. But what happens when the tests we rely on don’t do what they are supposed to do? Yes, your tests know how to lie! They also know how to have a bit of fun and not react the way you are expecting. Adds a bit more fun to our job, doesn’t it?  Well, the fact is our test will always react within the confines of chemistry, even if we don’t understand the chemistry. The only way to truly understand your tests is to understand the chemistry that allows them to work. And there again, another thing to learn in water treatment. This is why I always say that you should learn something every day in the water treatment industry!  Today, we are going to talk about understanding our tests better. I have chosen questions from the Scaling UP! mailbag about tests. What happens when our pinks don’t turn pink, and our blues don’t turn blue? That’s what we are talking about today.       Key Points   Knowing the basics of your tests [8:10]   Importance of clean test kits [10:00]   Importance of measuring accurately [10:40]   Chloride test [11:32]   Alkalinity test [22:00]   Nitrite test [27:47]   Alkalinity relationships [28:42]   Free Chlorine test [32:01]   Sulfite test [36:45]   Phosphate test [40:00]     Key Quotes   “As a professional water treater, you need to know the procedures of your tests.”   “It’s better to be consistently wrong than to be all over the map.”      Links Mentioned in this Episode Rising Tide Mastermind   AWT Annual Convention and Exposition   Scaling Up! H2O After Hours Hang   Industrial Water Week   Episode 116   Episode 46   Hach Water Analysis Handbook Submit a show idea  1 Chloride SN Hach 10 Organic PO4 heat (total) 11 UV Digestion PO4 2. Chloride M Hach 3 Tritation Manipulation 4 Alkalinity Hach 5 Chlorine FAS-DPD_APS 5.5 Total Chlorine Hach 6 Free DPD Hach 7 Sulfite Hach 8 Ortho PO4 Phosper3 9 Ortho PO4 moly Chloride APS Hardness Hach
If there has ever been a year we need more positive things in our lives, it is 2020. I spent a good part of 2020 focused on the things I couldn’t do because of COVID 19. I couldn’t go to AWT’s training seminar in March, and several of my other speaking and facilitating engagements got canceled. Our church stopped holding in-person services, and the two vacations we had planned got canceled. 2020 stinks, right?!   Fortunately, not too long after all of my plans were getting canceled one after the other, I had a change in mindset. I decided that if I continued focusing on what I could not do, I would never be happy.  So, I stopped. I decided I would focus on the things I could do and make sure I did those things to my best ability.    After focusing my efforts on things that were within my control, I started to feel better about our situation and more in control. All of the canceled items I mentioned above came back in a new fashion. I was still able to do them, just not as initially planned. Some of the new plans were better than the original plans. And all of them created an opportunity that permitted me to think differently, refining the event or action for the better. If we look for misery, we are going to find it. But why choose to look for that?    My guest today is Tricia Molloy, an author, speaker, and coach. She has been a featured keynote speaker for many well-known companies like Home Depot, Kimberly Clark, GE, Marriott, and The America Red Cross, to name a few. I met Tricia when I was giving my Ted Talk at Tim Fulton’s Small Business Matters Conference. For those of you that haven’t heard that story, please listen to episode 92.  Tricia has a simple approach that she guides people through called CRAVE. You will learn how to use CRAVE to start some great new habits, all designed to make you more focused on what brings you happiness. Because after all, that is what we should be looking to find.  Key Points:  Introducing Tricia Molloy [9:30]  Tricia’s background [12:30]  The benefits of creating a vision board [15:35]  C.R.A.V.E. your goals [18:40]  Do the methods in C.R.A.V.E. really work? [41:16]  What is the one message you’d like to pass on to the Scaling Up! Nation? [46:20]  How to find out more about Tricia’s work [47:00]   Key Quotes:  “What is one thing I can do today to bring me closer to this reality?”  “What we focus on expands and what we appreciate appreciates.”   Links:  AWT Annual Convention and Exposition  Rising Tide Mastermind  Industrial Water Week  The Five Love Languages  Tricia’s Website  Atomic Habits  Episode 92 
I have been a water Treater for over 25 years. And there is no doubt about it; I love my job. I get private tours of facilities that make products I use regularly. I have great relationships with my customers that have turned into friendships. I have met some outstanding fellow Water Treaters, some of which have become my best friends. And many other unexpected benefits for being in the Industrial Water Treatment Industry. Hands down, the most surprising is becoming the host of the podcast the serves our industry.   One of the segments we do that makes the show so popular is we give our listeners a voice.  Sometimes they leave questions on a form, and sometimes they use their voice.  Question and answer shows receive the most comments. And that is what today’s show is.   I tend to answer technical questions on the show, making this so a bit different. Today, it is all about personal items people want to know about me. You asked for it, and I’m going to answer it.  So here it is.  Key Points:   How can we end Legionnaire’s Disease? Is this possible? [7:38]   How do you do a mock Zoom call to make sure everything is functioning correctly? [13:25]   Trace’s favorite podcast episode [18:37]   Benefits of putting solar on buildings [27:07]   Scaling Up! H2O virtual booth at the AWT Convention [31:21]   Trace’s upcoming AWT presentation [36:47]   What book is Trace reading now? [39:52]     Key Quotes:   “I want you to ask yourself, when is the last time you took yourself out of your comfort zone?”   “My goal in life is to make the water treatment industry better.”  Links:  AWT Annual Convention and Exposition  Episode 154  WEFTEC  Industrial Water Week  Proactive Webinar Series  Episode 142  Zoom Test  Episode 92  Rising Tide Mastermind  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People  Submit a show idea 
"Normally, during this time of year, I am getting ready to see all of you at The Association of Water Technologies Annual Convention. But, as everything goes, this year, I figured that wouldn't be happening. "     Those were my thoughts before I learned more about the virtual convention AWT is doing instead of an in-person event. Yes, I am sad that I cannot see all of the members of the Scaling UP! Nation! that attend this event every year. But there is so much the virtual option offers.  So, if you are like I was and you feel bummed about not going to this in person, you are going to want to listen to this episode!  You will find that there is so much going on virtually that you won't want to miss it.     Our guest today is Tom Brandvold, CWT, this year's AWT President. Tom and the other AWT directors had to make hard choices this year. Tom shares what went into that decision to choose a virtual convention instead of our regular in-person meeting. Tom also shares tips, tricks, and tools that will allow you to get the most out of this virtual event.     In addition to being this year's AWT President, Tom is a very accomplished water treater. I was able to ask him to share his water treater experiences and stories with us.  You will not want to miss this episode.  Key Points:   7:17 – Tom's background   12:36 – How Tom became the president of Premier Water & Energy Technology, Inc.   16:30 – More about AWT   19:22 – Leading AWT during Covid-19   27:42 – Features for vendors at this year's AWT Interactive Convention and Exposition   30:40 – Details on registration for AWT Interactive Convention and Exposition   31:56 – How long will participants have access to the materials from the AWT Interactive Convention and Exposition   34:06 - How do we network at the AWT Interactive Convention and Exposition with a virtual platform?   36:50 – What lessons have you learned from being on the AWT board?   44:02 – What would you like employees of water treatment companies to understand better?   46:22 – What is something you want water treaters to stop doing?   Quotes:   "If you're involved with water, there is a place for you in AWT."   "AWT strives to be the global voice for the water treatment industry."   "There's not a week that goes by that I don't learn or relearn something."  Links mentioned in this episode:  Association of Water Technologies  Submit a show idea  NSF Legionella Conference  AWT Interactive Convention and Exposition  AWT Virtual Convention Demo  Premier Water & Energy Technology, Inc.  Scandalous Witness  Industrial Water Week  Rising Tide Mastermind 
Happy Legionella Awareness Month! Today’s episode wraps up our celebration of expanding our knowledge of Legionella bacteria.     Our special guests today are all of you from the Scaling UP! Nation!  We posed your questions to industry experts to get the best responses possible.   We hope you learned something new this month. But I hope this encourages you to find out what you don’t know about Legionella. When we know more, we can advise our customers better.  Our customers are the ones that have to make decisions in matters of Legionella. It’s our responsibility to help them make better decisions by being a resource of information to them.   Key Points   6:36 – Is there a different disinfection procedure for various forms of Legionella?   8:48 – Why does it seem that Legionnaire’s Disease is more common in the summer months?   11:41 – How do we mitigate the risk in hot water systems?   13:44 – How should buildings that have still not opened after the Covid-19 shutdown prepare their building for the reopening process?   17:08 – Where is the proper location in a cooling tower to collect a Legionella sample?   20:30 – How can Legionella get into a system through a drinking water system?   24:03 – If you have tested positive for Covid-19, are you more susceptible to Legionnaire’s Disease?   26:47 – What is the best course of action when Legionella is detected in a hospital setting?   32:14 - What is the advantage of a quick Legionella test?   Quotes   “When managing the hazards for domestic water distribution, the first step should always be the development of a water management program to provide a defensible backbone that guides the decisions of the facility’s teams.” -Brian Fisk    “If we don’t have a plan, we don’t know how to coordinate everyone’s efforts.” - Trace Blackmore   Links Mentioned in this Episode  AWT Interactive Annual Convention and Exposition  Industrial Water Week  Episode 140  The Proactive Webinar Series  Episode 121  Episode 120  Episode 83  Rising Tide Mastermind 
We are in the middle of Legionella Awareness Month. The goal of devoting a month of episodes to Legionella is to raise the bar on our water treatment knowledge when it comes to Legionella. On many shows, I ask how you are learning new things. It is effortless to become complacent with our current knowledge and not actively seek more. A day that I don’t learn something new, I consider a failure.   Our guest today is Greg Rankin, CEO of Hydrosense. Greg’s company has developed a legionella test that reads in 20 minutes. Join us as we not only talk about his test, key facts, and lessons learned about Legionella bacteria.     Key Points    6:07 – Greg’s background   8:25 – What is Legionella?   11:35 – Legionella testing   18:01 – Why don’t some people test for Legionella?   19:40 – How to help others better understand the risk of Legionella   24:15 – Legionella guidelines in the U.K.   26:30 – Lab culture testing   39:09 – False positives and false negatives   42:10 – Success stories with the Hydrosense Legionella Test     Quotes   “Testing I see as a catch-all, the real safety net for the water industry when it comes to Legionella.”  “Some people find it difficult to talk about Legionella because they don’t want it to feel like they are trying to scare their customers.”   Links Mentioned On This Episode  NACE Basic Corrosion Class with Scaling UP! H2O Discount  Hydrosence’s Website  Hydrosense Blog  ASHRAE 188   CDC Legionella Toolkit  Rising Tide Mastermind  Submit a question 
Last week we learned some Legionella basics. I think it was a good refresher for all of us. We are always learning new information about Legionella bacteria, so make it a point never to stop learning about this critical topic.    This week, we will learn about alternative testing when it comes to sampling water systems to detect Legionella bacteria with Paul Lem. Paul is a medical doctor and the CEO of Spartan Bioscience. Paul and his team are the makers of the Spartan Cube. He shares facts about Legionella, including how a testing method becomes the “Gold Standard.”     Please enjoy my interview with Dr. Paul Lem.     Key Points    4:08 – Dr. Paul Lem’s background   6:10 – Spartan’s work with Covid-19   8:30 – Legionella testing   11:32 – The gold standard in Legionella testing   17:30 – Common errors with Legionella testing   18:35 – Best practices for brand new facilities, re-opening facilities, and facilities with high-risk factors   20:45 – The best piece of advice for Legionella testing   Quotes   “We are getting more interest from companies in industries where they can’t afford downtime.”   “A common error is that people don’t test for Legionella enough.”   “If I had one piece of advice, it would be that people should be testing every two weeks for Legionella.”   Links Mentioned On This Episode  Spartan Bioscience  Submit a question   NACE Basic Corrosion Class with Scaling UP! H2O Discount  ASHRAE 188  AWT Annual Convention Updates  Rising Tide Mastermind 
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