System combines proven microbiological indicators with state-of-the-art instrumentation to automate E. coli and total coliform bacteria testing.
Singapore, August 10, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) - Veolia’s environmental monitoring technology unit Endetec is pleased to announce that its TECTA automated microbiology system has received approval from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for performing regulatory compliance testing for E. coli and total coliform bacteria in drinking water distribution system samples under the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) and other related regulations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
David Dolphin, Managing Director of the sensor division of Endetec, said “US EPA approval represents the ‘gold standard’ of validation of the TECTA system, and we are extremely pleased to be able to offer the unique capabilities of the system to our customers as part of our Smart Water solution.”
Consisting of the TECTA B16™ instrument and TECTA EC/TC™ single-use test cartridge, the complete system was subject to rigorous third-party testing under a US EPA-approved study plan prior to receiving approval under the Alternate Test Procedure (ATP). The approval action was published in the US Federal Register on June 19, 2014. Routine monitoring of samples taken throughout a drinking water distribution system for the presence of E.coli and total coliform bacteria is a key component of public health protection.
“The TECTA system combines proven microbiological indicators with state-of-the-art instrumentation to automate what has traditionally been a manual process of interpreting test results. US EPA approval means that we can offer drinking water system operators a new tool for microbial monitoring of distribution systems – further ‘raising the bar’ on public health protection”, said Dr. Peter Gallant, Vice-President of Regulatory Affairs at Endetec.
Patrick Wolfe, Regional Sales Manager, Endetec Sensors (Asia), said, "The automated technology of the TECTA system is very attractive to our Asian customers, particularly for those in the water, environment, as well as food and beverage sectors. This system helps to free up time spent on manual test methods, increasing both productivity and efficiency within laboratories or in general operations. Additionally, TECTA’s ability to offer on-site microbial testing can reduce the time and costs associated with transporting samples to centralized laboratories. This is especially beneficial here in Asia where transportation can be slow, inaccessible, and expensive."
Veolia is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 200,000 employees* worldwide, the company designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. Veolia Water Technologies specializes in technological solutions and design and build projects for water and wastewater treatment, serving industrial and municipal clients.
In 2013, Veolia supplied 94 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced 86 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 38 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) recorded revenue of €22.3 billion* in 2013. (*) Excluding Transdev employees and revenue currently under divestment.
Further information on the TECTA™ system, including the US EPA-approved method description and the ATP Study Report is available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org.