Veolia’s environmental monitoring technology unit Endetec says its Tecta automated microbiology system has received approval from the 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.
The Tecta B16 is capable of transmitting this microbiological data through a network connection so water managers can be notified immediately via cell phone or laptop as soon as a contamination event is detected. The company says the microbiological platform is simple and flexible, allowing managers to run samples at any time of the day without the need for a microbiologist.
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 an 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.
Veolia is working with the District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority to find $8 million to $12 million in annual savings and says it sees “a lot of prospects” to help large US cities optimize their water management, Bloomberg reported in June.
Europe’s biggest water company also has a deal with New York that could eventually save more than $100 million per year, and one with Pittsburg. The deal with DC Water is worth $1.2 million over 18 months.