2021 marks Garratt-Callahan’s 117th year in helping clients with their water treatment needs. Last year presented many challenges for our clients, as facilities responded to COVID-19 safety protocols. We’re grateful […]
Legionnaires disease is a respiratory infection “resulting from aspiration of clumps of Legionella biofilms detached from air and water [HVAC] systems.” Its name stems from a three-day convention of the American Legion held at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia in July 1976. More than 2,000 attended the annual event. Within a few days after it ended, attendees and others who were at the hotel began showing up in hospital emergency rooms with mysterious respiratory symptoms – just over 200 in all. Despite doctors’ efforts, more than 34 people lost their lives to the illness.
According to the American Hospital Association, about 36.3 million people are admitted to U.S. hospitals each year. We don’t typically think a lot about the availability of a resource as basic as water in medical institutions. But when there is a natural disaster or an unexpected man-made event, the dedicated staff of these institutions have it top of mind. Most hospitals keep back-up generators to handle the power outages usually caused by hurricanes. They don’t necessarily maintain an alternative water supply in case a water main suddenly breaks, or the power outage from a hurricane lasts longer than their generator capacity.
Fresh tap water teems with harmless life, but when water sits inside pipes for an extended period, even for just a few days, more sinister bacterial growth can occur. In fact, when a family leaves home for a week’s vacation, harmful bacteria can grow easily and multiply in static plumbing and water faucets, gathering inside Biofilms — toxic bacterial masses where microbes colonize together in a self-protective layer of communal slime.
2020 Garratt-Callahan celebrates 115 years of being in business. This year’s theme celebrates the beauty of water. Garratt-Callahan has stood the test of time. Honesty dictates that we deliver what […]
Need better system data and monitoring? Want confidence in your treatment performance between testings? Determined to save time and money on your water treatment program? Look no further than the G-C LumiTrac® system. […]
Controlled Release contains Garratt-Callahan’s proven, effective formulas, but in a concentrated and newly improved solid form. This will provide the same scale and corrosion protection for cooling towers as traditional […]
ChallengesTo limit handling and liability issues, a medical center in the Midwest required hands-free delivery of its water treatment chemicals. But this requirement limited its product options and made it […]
ChallengesThe boiler – a 1000-hp tube unit – at a plywood manufacturing plant in the Pacific Northwest had scale so bad that it had to be shut down after only […]
ChallengesPoor water quality at a Nevada printing company, with very high silica levels (67 PPM), limited the plant to running its boilers at a maximum of 10 cycles of concentration. […]