The International Ozone Association (IOA) has appointed Astro Pak’s Robert Schuck as Vice President of its Municipality Committee. The IOA is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing information on ozone technology. The Municipality Committee’s purpose is to act as a resource to assist municipalities and other water district entities with their challenges and questions regarding ozone systems used to treat water for consumption. While using ozone to disinfect municipal water is now commonplace, there are still agencies which have yet to convert older treatment plants from the more traditional method of using chlorine or bromine. As part of its role, the committee offers guidance on troubleshooting extant systems, best practices for maintenance, budgetary advice, and contacts for specialist contractors.
Together, the committee members keep up with current trends and applications. The committee members themselves come from diverse industry backgrounds. Mr. Schuck, who is a Sr. Technical Sales Manager, brings Astro Pak’s deep experience in precision cleaning and passivation, which are essential services needed to keep ozone systems operating properly and safely. He notes the company’s extensive work with municipal water systems as being useful when being presented with questions from water agencies. “There are many considerations that the operators aren’t aware of.” he says. “When their systems are first built they meet certain standards, but when they shut down for maintenance or make modifications to the system, they often overlook how to bring the system back up to those standards.”