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Superior Water Quality. Minimal Operating Costs. No Chemical Additives.

Property owners (or their facility managers) are responsible for water quality within the premises – NOT public water supply! Contaminations very often occur within a building, even if incoming water is clean.

That is why REDO Water Systems offers complete solutions for water supply in commercial buildings, office buildings, public buildings, hospitals, private residential areas and homes for the aged. For operators, the main advantage of water disinfection with REDO is a perfect disinfection result. REDO technologically is environmentally friendly with very low energy consumption. It is robust and 100% safe with low maintenance requirements.

Background: Drinking water challenges in large buildings

Even if incoming town water is clean, water disinfection is an issue in large buildings. In the parts of the pipe systems with little or no water flow, germs find ideal conditions to develop.
This is a problem particularly in large office buildings:

  • Many taps and water outlets provide potential entry points for bacteria.
  • Some taps are only used occasionally, water consumption is low.
  • Long, historically developed pipe networks, with many branches (e.g. for fire fighting) have segments with very little water exchange.
  • Temporarily unused parts of the building are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria.

Over time, various technologies have been developed to disinfect water in office buildings. One of the oldest technologies for drinking water disinfection is chlorination. This disinfects the water fairly thoroughly, however:

  • Handling poisonous chlorine is dangerous, even for qualified personnel.
  • Storing toxic substances within the own building may worry those who know about it.
  • The water smells and tastes like chlorine, which is particularly bothering for the preparation of drinks and meals.
  • Chlorination causes unwanted, carcinogenic and mutagenic chlorination byproducts.

Because of the disadvantages of chlorine, alternative technologies like UV radiation, ozone treatment and ultrafiltration have been developed.These technologies can effectively disinfect water, but:

  • The main problem in large office buildings is recontamination of the water in the pipe networks. All three technologies do not have a depot effect and therefore do not address the main problem.
  • All three technologies require intensive maintenance and consume a lot of energy, which drives costs and raises ecological questions.
  • In contrary, REDO disinfection provides a long lasting depot effect, avoiding recontamination in the pipe networkt, with minimum maintenance and low energy consumption.

Technological alternatives – and REDO

Over time, various technologies have been developed to disinfect water in office buildings. One of the oldest technologies for drinking water disinfection is chlorination. This disinfects the water fairly thoroughly, however:

  • Handling poisonous chlorine is dangerous, even for qualified personnel
  • Storing toxic substances within the own building may worry those who know about it
  • The water smells and tastes like chlorine, which is particularly bothering for the preparation of drinks and meals.
  • Chlorination causes unwanted chlorination byproducts which are carcinogenic and mutagenic to everyone using a bathroom.

Because of the disadvantages of chlorine, alternative technologies like UV radiation, ozone treatment and ultrafiltration have been developed.These technologies do disinfect water, but:

  • The main problem in large office buildings is recontamination of the water in the pipe networks. All three technologies do not have a depot effect and therefore do not address the main problem in large buildings.
  • All three technologies require intensive maintenance and consume a lot of energy, which drives costs high and raises ecological questions.

Unlike other technologies, REDO disinfection avoids recontamination in the pipe network, with maximum safety, minimum maintenance and low energy consumption.

The REDO solution for Facility Management, Real Estate Operators or Owners

REDO helps facility managers or owners of real estate to provide germ-free water within the building and to fulfil the requirements of the drinking water ordinance.

The German Drinking Water Ordinance (amendment from the Drinking Water Ordinance from the 21st of May, 2001, in force since 1st of January, 2003) regulates that the drinking water quality must be maintained at the tapping point for the consumer. The home-owners or the operators for domestic installations are responsible for preserving the drinking water quality within the premises of the real estate.

That is part of the responsibility of the facility management for the real estate: the domestic installations must be equipped so that wherever drinking water is made available to the consumer, it must have adequate microbiological quality.

Some facility managers even replace water dispenser by normal taps – REDO disinfected water coming from the tap is always pure and disinfected. In contrast, bottled water for water dispensers needs handling and particular care for prevention of potential contaminations.

Hospitals

Microbiologically impeccable water is a particular challenge for hospitals:

  • On the one hand, drinking water disinfection is particularly important in hospitals, since germ exposure is an even greater risk for weak people.
  • On the other hand, elderly and sick people often do not drink enough.

Therefore, any chlorine smell or taste of the water must be strictly avoided. Furthermore, from the use of antibiotics in hospitals, particularly dangerous multi-resistant bacteria are quite common.

REDO also completely eliminates multi-resistant bacteria very reliably, without operational risks, health hazards and without smell or taste of chlorine.

Unlike other technologies like UV radiation, REDO provides a long-lasting depot effect, that avoids contamination in the pipe network even after initial disinfection. A limited disinfection even occurs every time someone washes his hands!