Category: Tank Inspections


This is quick and to the point, we need your help to get the word out.

Our Mission: To promote the safe inspection and cleaning of water storage tanks and towers. We plan to do this with our blog, publications and film. The Working title to our film is Out of Sight, Out of Mind: What’s in Your Water? We will soon have a crowd funding event to get the movie going too.

Advertisement space is now available on our blog we are also accepting on topic post with links to the authors webpage. To contribute content to the film or the blog contact Ron Perrin at If you would like to show your support for our mission a donation as small as $5 is a great way to show you care about this issue.

Any amount is accepted and we are fully TAX-DEDUCTABLE!

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Our new logo designed by Ryan Bijan. The background photo is a west Texas sunset taken by Bradly Perrin several years ago on the way to a tank inspection or cleaning job. I always liked the photo but had no idea it would eventually become part of a logo like this. At first glance I just liked the color and design. But upon deeper reflection it really has depth and shows what our organization is all about. Our infrastructure is in trouble. Billions of dollars need to be spent in all areas. The nations water storage tanks are only a part of the infrastructure but the sun is truly setting on many of them that have been standing tall for 40, 80, 100 years or more. The sunset background is reflecting the heat of a hot summer day. Heat is another factor, more heat year after year heat records are being broken. Bacteria, protozoa, viruses and other contaminants thrive in heat. Far too many older tanks go year after year without being properly cleaned. That mixed with he lack of funds to repair and replace infrastructure like water towers along with more and more heat is a recipe for disaster. I hope the logo will spark some interest in our project. Our Mission us to educate elected officials and utility managers of the dangers of going year after year without proper inspection and cleaning of water storage tanks and towers. See:

Monday, July 03, 2017- ABC 7 Chicago News reported that Louisiana health officials confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri, commonly known as the brain-eating amoeba, in Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe water system and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever water system in Louisiana during routine testing. Officials reassured residents that drinking tap water is still safe and that taking precautions in pools and showers can reduce their risk of infection.

The Louisiana Department of Health said it notified public health officials and the administrators of the water systems on Thursday June 29, 2017. The health department urged residents to avoid getting water in their noses, which is how the organism can infect the brain. The department also advised the public to run baths, shower taps and hoses for at least five minutes before use to flush the pipes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Naegleria fowleri can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a brain infection that is almost always fatal. People are particularly at risk for contracting PAM if the amoebas enter through the nose, which can happen when people swim or dive in freshwater contaminated with Naegleria fowleri. In the early stages of PAM, symptoms may be similar to those of bacterial meningitis: a severe headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. Late-stage symptoms include seizures, hallucinations and coma.The Louisiana Department of Health has tested for Naegleria fowleri since 2013, with officials sampling public drinking water systems each summer when temperatures rise. Officials have collected 540 samples to test for this amoeba since 2013. The health department ordered the water systems to switch to the free chlorine disinfection method for 60 days to ensure that any remaining amoebas in the systems are eliminated.

Unfortunately switching to free chlorine is only a bandaid on a larger problem that is not going away any time soon.

Removing sediment from the interior floor of the tank is the only way you can be sure to get rid of this type of contaminant. Many think a “Chlorine Burn” is the answer. Wrong. The “Burn” only works if the tank is clean.

If there is sediment on the floor of the contaminated tank the intruder will still be there under the sediment and grow again after the additional chlorine is gone. The AWWA recommends tanks be cleaned every 3 to 5 years. Still some are never cleaned.

Photo #3 Potable Water Tank Cleaning with Diver (c) Ron 

Why? How much of a reason do you need?

Keeping your tanks clean may prevent you from collecting a wide range of bacteria, protozoa, viruses and even amoebas like this. These microbes use the sediment on the floor of a dirty tank as a habitat to grow, deplete your chlorine reserves and become a real threat to public health.

All public water systems should clean all storage tanks and towers at least every five years. A potable water dive crew is one way to remove the sediment with minimal water loss and usually no disruption in service. After the sediment has been removed chemical treatments are many times more effective. For more information on how potable water divers can keep your drinking water clean and safe see:



#1 File Photo Potable Water Tank Cleaning with Diver (c) Ron 

#2 CDC- Naegleria fowleri (commonly referred to as the “brain-eating amoeba”)

#3  File Photo Potable Water Diver (c) Ron 

File Photo Potable Water Tank Cleaning with Diver (c) Ron 

Why do some utilities NOT clean their water tanks and towers? On the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Water Protection Program fact sheet they state: “Routine inspection, cleaning and maintenance of finished water storage facilities are clearly necessary to protect public health.” Isn’t that just common sense? Some states do not have rules on when you inspect or clean tanks. Water storage tanks and towers are the last stop water makes before it comes to the tap at your home. These tanks need to be inspected inside and out every year. We have been using underwater cameras to get that done since 1997. If our cameras find sediment build-up we can remove it with a potable water dive team. Our services are efficient and affordable but still many communities choose to do nothing at all. Check this video out and let us know what you think.


Source: Missouri has no requirement to clean water towers

Source: Missouri has no requirement to clean water towers

Today is World Water Day.

Matt Damon was on the Today Show promoting is bringing fresh water to people around the world and that is a great thing to do. Let’s not forget the people in America though.

The majority of us enjoy fresh tap water from large, well-run and well-funded drinking water systems. However, many people living in struggling municipalities or in rural areas may not be getting the same water quality or even the same value for the amount they pay for their water.

Although nearly all people in America have water in their homes, for some it may not be safe to drink. This may be because the water systems have simply failed to keep their storage tanks clean. Instead of removing the sediment that accumulates on the bottom of tanks, they may have turned to different or more aggressive chemical treatments in order to meet quality standards.

Sediment builds up in all water storage tanks and towers over time. Sediment on the bottom of a tank can quickly become a habitat for bacteria, protozoa (like cryptosporidium), viruses and other microbes. The only way to get these microbes out of the tank is to clean the sediment from the floor of the tank.

Across the country there are many public water systems that are controlled by people who have little or no training in water quality. are elected to serve on city councils or water boards, they come from all walks of life. Their goal is to make the right decisions, but you don’t know what you don’t know. Many of the smaller systems have only a part-time licensed operator or an extremely small staff that can only do what the water board or City Council approves.

The “Ron Perrin Clean Water Tank Project” mission is to emphasize the critical importance of basic house-keeping (tank cleaning) to water department managers. In the case of smaller systems, knowledge of what that means needs to be spread to the water board members and City Council Members who make decisions regarding the spending of water system funds.

The “Ron Perrin Clean Water Tank Project” will make a difference. Established as a registered 501(c)(3) in 2016, we are dedicated to the education of the key decision makers at public water systems. Education is the key to clean water for everyone in America. Unlike many costly water treatment chemicals, keeping storage tanks clean is within every budget if it is a priority. Would you drink from a dirty glass? Of course not. What officials need to understand is that allowing water storage tanks to go year after year without cleaning them is akin to drinking from a dirty glass.

We advocate proper inspections of water storage tanks. Documenting what is actually in the storage tank with photos and video allows key decision makers to see what is in their tanks and provides them with the information they need to make good budget decisions.

Cleaning is important. Help us make cleaning water storage tanks and towers a priority in all water systems.

Donate Today – a few dollars can go a long way.
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Ron Perrin, CSHO, SHEP
Ron Perrin Clean Water Tank Project

Water storage tanks and towers are assets that represent a major capital investment. In 2015 I developed a class for the Environmental Training Institute at The University of Texas at Arlington.  The class “WTR 308 Potable Water Storage Inspection Techniques” is next being offered May 23-24, 2017.  This class covers common contaminants that may be found in tank sediment such as Legionella bacteria and Cryptosporidium along with new deadly threats like Naegleria fowleri that has turned up in multiple Louisiana water systems in the past few years.

The class also covers basic safety procedures when inspecting water storage such as safety issues associated with working in confined spaces and working at height. The course also covers inspection strategy development, selection and use of underwater cameras, sediment sampling devices, gas monitoring instruments needed for human entry into the tank, and best practices for inspection documentation. To enroll in the May 23-24, 2017 class contact the UTA Environmental Training Institute at 866-906-9190.

About the Instructor:

Ron Perrin is a Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO), a Safety and Health  Environmental Professional (SHEP) and a OSHA certified Construction Safety Trainer. Ron is the owner of Ron Perrin Water Technologies in Fort Worth, Texas.  Since 1997 his company has inspected thousands of water storage tanks and towers in 14 states.  Ron may be contacted through his web site at Or contact RPWT Office Manager Debi Wheelan:               Call: 817-377-4899            Fax 817-246-1740

Ron Perrin Clean Water Tank Project elevator pitch, why I started this in about a minute!

Our Mission: To promote the safe inspection & cleaning of water storage tanks and towers with:  1) Publications, 2) Video projects, 3) Safety training and 4) Support research to explain the dangers hidden in tank sediment and the need to remove it from tanks.

Our fundraising efforts for this project will help fund education of safe water system practices for smaller at risk systems, like this one.  The purpose of our organization is to highlight the need for clean public water storage tanks.  Cleaning tanks is something that is often overlooked in smaller systems.

The need for training is real.  Again this week we found tanks that have not been cleaned in over a decade!  Tanks in many smaller systems simply fall through the cracks, going year after year, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, and there simply is not enough education on this subject.

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Ron Perrin Clean Water Tank Project, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 by the Internal Revenue Service and has been Incorporated by the Texas Secretary of State as a Nonprofit Corporation.  The Foundation Group, Inc. was a big help in getting everything done right. This will greatly help our efforts to raise funds for education and promotion of safe water system practices.  The purpose of our org is to highlight the need for clean public water storage tanks.  This blog is now officially the property of  Ron Perrin Clean Water Tank Project, Inc.


Our Mission: To promote the safe inspection & cleaning of water storage tanks and towers with:  1) Publications, 2) Video projects 3) Safety training. 4) Support research to explain the dangers hidden in tank sediment and the need to remove it from tanks.

The Need for training is great!  Just this week we found tanks that have never been cleaned!  Tanks in many smaller system simply fall through the cracks, going year after year – Out of Sight, Out of Mind, there is just not enough education on this subject.

Advertising on our page will show support to our mission and offer a direct link to YOUR COMPANY PAGE.  Cost of ad depends on page placement.  To date Ron Perrin and his company Ron Perrin Water Technologies has been the sole support to this organization.

We are looking forward to have a verity of vendors and even competitors embrace our mission as a mission we have in common “To promote the safe inspection & cleaning of water storage tanks and towers”.  Not only will we link purchased ad space to your page we will also give you, your company or organization full credit for any photos or video used on this web site.  We are also looking for contributors to our film “Out of Sight, Out of mind” due out latter this year.  Would you like to help?  Simply click this link: DONATE NOW!


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