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24 Jun

Press release
Kingston, Ontario – June 29, 2021

KINGSTON, CANADA – With the start to the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan less than a month away, the focus on safety protocols for athletes and staff is perhaps at an all-time high. But beyond just the obvious COVID-19 protocols, a Canadian company’s proven, proprietary technology has been selected to help ensure open water athletes and staff are kept safe from other potential infections during the Games.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (TOCOG), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and various individual event Unions (e.g.: International Triathlon Union [ITU]) selected TECTA-PDS as the exclusive testing solution for all Olympic open-water event venues, ensuring water safety by testing for the presence of E. coli and Total Coliforms. 

“We are thrilled that our company and products have been selected to help ensure participant and staff safety by providing rapid, on-site, accurate testing for all open-water venues during the duration of the Games,” said Douglas Wilton, President – TECTA-PDS. “The Olympics bring us all together by uniting us in the spirit of competition. We are thrilled to do our part to ensure these athletes can give their all and represent their nations in a safe environment.”

TECTA-PDS is no stranger to protecting athletes, having been the official open water testing solution for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and for all World Triathlon events since 2018. In August 2019, at the same Tokyo Bay Olympic venue, TECTA-PDS’s rapid results shut down the swim portion of the Paralympic triathlon Olympic test event warning of E. coli levels more than two-times over ITU limits. Lab-based methods did not return results quickly enough and without the TECTA-PDS technology, the swim event would have continued exposing all competitors to dangerous levels of fecal contamination.

TECTA-PDS is the only approved (US EPA), automated water testing method in the world, providing objective, lab-grade results in the fastest time, which can be used by virtually anyone, anytime, anywhere. Because the potential for human error has been eliminated, results are the most consistently accurate of any method on the market. Regardless of the application, TECTA-PDS ensures complete confidence in water safety.

As Canadians, when we hear “E. coli”, many of us will always remember the Walkerton tragedy that took place 21 years ago (May, 2000). The TECTA-PDS solution was created in response to this very event, to help ensure a disaster like this never occurs again in any part of the world.

“Perhaps the most unique advantage of our product is its simplicity, offering the ability to be used by virtually anyone, anywhere in the world,” said Tim Adams, CMO & Executive Vice President – TECTA-PDS. “The opportunity to help test water to ensure people in virtually any community across the planet are kept safe from life threatening E. coli is something we’re passionate about and delighted to be able to offer.”

Today, TECTA-PDS products are being used in both developed and developing countries worldwide, in markets ranging from the world’s largest cities all the way to the smallest and most remote communities. In over 50 countries and 200 cities & communities, TECTA-PDS solutions help keep millions of people safe across the planet. Here in Canada, TECTA-PDS is elated to work with more than 90 First Nation communities across the country to help enable rapid safe water testing.

TECTA-PDS continues work with international governments, communities, businesses and organizations to help ensure products are available where they are needed most to ensure citizen wellbeing.

For more information and to schedule interviews with members of our executive team please contact:

Rom Halverson
mediarelations@tecta-pds.com
647.624.7551

About TECTA-PDS

TECTA-PDS is global leader in water safety testing, delivering the world’s only onsite, automated and US EPA-approved E.coli and Total Coliform rapid detection system. The simple and fully automated B16 and B4 instruments and TECTAlert cartridges enable water testing that can be done by virtually anyone, anywhere, anytime. This has revolutionized the way in which water is being tested in more than 50 countries around the world, for both government and private sector applications. These products offer cost-effective, accurate, and timely solutions to address testing challenges for small, medium and large segments within global municipal, recreational and indigenous markets. As a socially conscious corporate citizen, TECTA-PDS continues to work with international governments and organizations to help ensure products are available where they are needed most to ensure citizen wellbeing.

15 Oct

Press release
Kingston, Ontario – October 15, 2019

ITU is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the company TECTA-PDS for delivering fast and reliable microbiological water quality tests in ITU sanctioned events. This portable laboratory, already implemented in the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event in Tokyo, allows the ITU staff to obtain results of E-Coli and Enterococci bacteria in the body of water tested in less than 12 hours.

“For ITU, the health and safety of our athletes is our first priority, but also is a priority our commitment with the clean environments, sustainability and legacy wherever we go, and with this partnership we show once again that we are not only talking, we are taking actions”, said ITU President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “Partnering with someone that will help us swim in cleaner environments, work with LOCs to improve the water quality everywhere we go and leave that legacy to the host cities is something of paramount importance not only for our organization, but also should be a priority for all, to do our contribution to make the world a better and cleaner place”, she said.

“For us, partnering with TECTA means that we are able to have results of the water quality tests in such a short period of time allows the Technical team on site to take decisions in the last minute, always according to the quality of the body of water”, said ITU Sports Director, Gergely Markus.

Working with the portable TECTA Lab in the Tokyo Test Event proved to be decisive for us, giving ITU the ability to take decisions by having the latest data available. The portable lab is really easy and simple to use, and gave the ability to know if the water quality levels were above our threshold within 12 hours. The results were completely reliable, and matched the ones we received from the laboratory used by the LOC, which came 48 hours later.

During the four days of the Test Event, as well as the week before, the ITU Team in Tokyo performed two daily tests of the water at Odaiba Bay. Both the tests performed on the TECTA Laboratory and in the LOC Laboratory showed low levels of E-Coli and Enterococci in the days leading up to the event.

But the TECTA results confirmed the breach of the protective curtain on August 16th/17th, providing valuable data for ITU to take the decision of cancelling the swim leg of the Paratriathlon event, as well as the swim familiarization for the Mixed Relay, according to the water quality tests.

The rapid E-Coli results from the portable laboratory proved to be crucial to maintain the health and safety of all athletes, preventing potential illness. The results from the LOC laboratory, which came back 48 hours later, confirmed the ones provided by TECTA.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with ITU and have the opportunity to help identify issues in the water quickly and effectively, making their events safer for the athletes,” said Tim Adams, EVP of TECTA-PDS.

“Our technology was successful in ensuring the last Commonwealth Games in Australia went on without incident, and we were extremely pleased to be involved with the recent ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event in Tokyo as well. We truly believe there is not a better, faster or more accurate way to test the water, and we look forward to working closely with the ITU towards maintaining our mission of keeping everyone safe and healthy,” he added.

About ITU

ITU is a non-profit organisation that, inter alia, owns and delivers the Triathlon events at the Olympic and Paralympic Games the ITU World Triathlon Series and a number of other triathlon events sanctioned by ITU, including (but not limited too) ITU World Cups and Multisport events. The ITU is established for the primary purpose of planning, developing, organising and delivering ITU events. ITU also supports development of the sport triathlon worldwide and offers a balanced sport development program from grass roots to a high-performance level.

About TECTA-PDS

TECTA-PDS was formed in 2003 as Pathogen Detection Systems as a direct result of the Walkerton (Ontario, Canada) disaster in which 7 people died and several thousand became ill as a result of fecal contamination of drinking water. Working together, researchers at Queen’s University and industry specialists set the goal of revolutionizing current microbiological monitoring standards in which the tried-and-true testing methods that, although deemed the gold standard, were decades old, unreliable and simply inadequate to protect human health. TECTA-PDS today has evolved into a global organization having systems in over 35 countries and has revolutionized the way in which water is being tested around the world in both municipal and industrial environments. Over the years the core value of the company has never changed with a mission to be the most innovative organization in water monitoring and to ensure a Walkerton disaster never occurs again in any part of the world.

Contact Info – To learn more about this partnership, please contact:

Patrick Wolfe
Patrick.wolfe@tecta-pds.com
mobile: (+65) 9270 2711
toll free: (+1) 844-215-7122

17 Apr

Press release
Kingston, Ontario – April 17, 2019

Australia’s City of Gold Coast laboratory has received NATA accreditation to test for enterococci using Canadian technology from TECTA-PDS. The rapid, automated test, used successfully during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to test recreational water leading up to specific Games events, is now part of the laboratory’s regular testing.

The TECTA-PDS rapid microbial detection system, TECTA-B16, is the only automated US EPA approved method for drinking water compliance testing in the world, offering extreme ease-of-use to laboratories and customers around the world. The portability and complete testing capabilities, including automated interpretation of results and email reports, provides laboratory grade enterococci results for the Gold Coast. During the 2018 Commonwealth Games the City’s laboratory was able to start the test at 3 am and get full results by 3 pm the same day, well before events started. 

The TECTA-B16 instrument was supplied through TECTA-PDS’ regional distributor, Thermo Fisher Scientific. Tim Adams, TECTA-PDS’ EVP says adding the Enterococci test for recreational water applications to the list of our accredited tests is enormous. 

“Now, we can provide all the benefits that our drinking and wastewater customers see to the entire bathing, recreational and marine market,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure working with the City of Gold Coast and we look forward to working with them on improving and innovating water testing for years to come.” 

Director of Water and Waste for the City of Gold Coast, Paul Heaton, said the City would benefit from the ease-of-use, rapid results and portability of the new technology for its recreational water samples.  

About TECTA-PDS

TECTA-PDS was formed in 2003 as Pathogen Detection Systems as a direct result of the Walkerton (Ontario, Canada) disaster in which 7 people died and several thousand became ill as a result of fecal contamination of drinking water. Working together, researchers at Queen’s University and industry specialists set the goal of revolutionizing current microbiological monitoring standards in which the tried-and-true testing methods that, although deemed the gold standard, were decades old, unreliable and simply inadequate to protect human health. TECTA-PDS today has evolved into a global organization having systems in over 35 countries and TECTA-PDS has revolutionized the way in which water is being tested around the world in both municipal and industrial environments. Over the years the core value of the company has never changed with a mission to be the most innovative organization in water monitoring and to ensure a Walkerton disaster never occurs again in any part of the world. 

About the City of Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is an outstanding global city proudly looking towards its future, buoyed by the legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Games was the largest international sporting event in Australia for a decade and is expected to provide a catalyst for future city growth and development, as well as building on the city’s reputation as an international sport and recreation destination.

Contact Info – To learn more about this partnership, please contact:

Patrick Wolfe
Patrick.wolfe@tecta-pds.com
mobile: (+65) 9270 2711
toll free: (+1) 844-215-7122

18 Jun

Press release
Kingston, Ontario – June 13, 2018

Australian Tamworth Environmental Laboratories announced that they have received NATA accreditation effective from May 2018 to use Canadian technology from TECTA-PDS in order to automate their water testing for E-coli and Total Coliforms.

The TECTA-PDS automated microbial detection system, TECTA™ B16, is the only US EPA approved automated method for drinking water compliance testing and provides the fastest time to detect while also being the easiest test to conduct.  The portability and complete testing capabilities, including interpretation of results and full reports sent immediately via email, will provide lab grade quality results instantly for Tamworth Laboratories who, being in a regional area, were previously outsourcing their micro samples to an external lab and having to wait several days to receive the results, which caused operational delays for both them and their customers.

With the TECTA™ B16 instrument, supplied through TECTA-PDS’ regional distributor Thermo Fisher Scientific, Tamworth has been able to shave off a minimum of 1 day time-to-result as well as lowering shipping costs for samples.  From an operational perspective, Tamworth has embraced the ease of use and limited training required for a lab technician to run aseptic microbial samples.

Tim Adams, EVP TECTA-PDS says “This is a fantastic step forward in the Australian market.  We are very proud to be adopted in over 35 countries and look forward to continuing to work closely together with Tamworth Laboratories and in Australia.”

James Anderson, Senior Laboratory Technician at Tamworth Environmental Laboratory says “The requirement for timely microbiological analysis for drinking water was identified as a public health issue in our region and TECTA™ B16 provided the solution with the added benefits over other methodologies of rapid detection and notification.”

About TECTA-PDS

TECTA-PDS was formed in 2003 as Pathogen Detection Systems as a direct result of the Walkerton (Ontario, Canada) disaster in which 7 people died and several thousand became ill as a result of fecal contamination of drinking water.  Working together, researchers at Queen’s University and industry specialists set the goal of revolutionizing current microbiological monitoring standards in which the tried-and-true testing methods that, although deemed the gold standard, were decades old, unreliable and simply inadequate to protect human health. TECTA-PDS today has evolved into a global organization having systems in over 35 countries and has revolutionized the way in which water is being tested around the world in both municipal and industrial environments. Over the years the core value of the company has never changed with a mission to be the most innovative organization in water monitoring and to ensure a Walkerton disaster never occurs again in any part of the world.

About Tamworth Environmental Laboratories

Tamworth Environmental Laboratory (TEL) is a unit of Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) and primarily offers environmental testing services to the North West, Northern Tablelands and Liverpool Plains regions of New South Wales in Australia. This area incorporates regional cities and remote and isolated communities. Accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for a range of environmental testing parameters and for environmental sampling, TEL is now also NATA accredited for a number of microbiological tests, including E.coli and coliforms in potable water with the TECTA™ B16.

Contact Info – To learn more about this partnership, please contact:

Patrick Wolfe
Patrick.wolfe@tecta-pds.com
mobile: (+65) 9270 2711
toll free: (+1) 844-215-7122

25 Jan

TECTA-PDS now approved by Philippine Department of Health! We are so proud to announce that the Philippine Department of Health has recently adopted our innovative and groundbreaking water testing technology for quicker, more accurate and remote testing of drinking water. TECTA-PDS is please and delighted to be adding another global market to our growing list of regions adopting our revolutionary way of testing drinking water for contaminants.

This week, we’re in Abu Dhabi, UAE for the International Water Summit, taking place at the ADNEC (National convention center) where TECTA-PDS is officially launching into the market in the Middle East. Thank you to the Canadian government for work with us and highlighting us in the region as an example of innovative technology coming out of Canada.