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Canada’s TECTA-PDS is Making Waves Near and Far

Canada’s TECTA-PDS is Making Waves Near and Far

2021 has been a landmark year for Kingston, Ontario’s TECTA-PDS – both locally here in Canada and around the world. 

Earlier this year TECTA-PDS’ proven, proprietary technology took to the world stage. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (TOCOG), and various individual event Unions (i.e.: International Triathlon Union [ITU]) selected TECTA-PDS technologies as the exclusive testing solution for all Olympic open-water event venues. Their technology helped ensure the safety of more than 60 Canadian athletes and hundreds of international participants by testing for the presence of E. coli during the 2021 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan.

“We were thrilled that our company and products were chosen to help protect all participants and staff for all open-water venues during the Games,” said Doug Wilton, President and CEO – TECTA-PDS. “The Olympics brought us all together by uniting us in the spirit of competition. It was our privilege 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 world-class athletes. This Olympic selection followed a proven track record of reliability and success at other international competitions. The company was 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-time over the 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.

Continued growth can be attributed to their simple yet ingenious technology – all of which takes up about the same space as your home office desktop printer. To help service water safety needs here in Canada and across the globe, TECTA-PDS created the world’s only (US EPA) approved, rapid, automated microbiological monitoring system for the entire water cycle. Because of this simple, proven ‘lab-in-a-box’ solution, for the first time, lab-grade microbiology related to E. coli water testing can be done by virtually anyone, anywhere at any time.

And it’s this reliable, simple and compact form factor that is helping protect the lives of Canadians living in remote areas across the country. Earlier this month, the company announced that Indigenous Service Canada, Manitoba ordered an additional 10 TECTA-B16 instruments. 

Since 2014, TECTA-PDS has partnered with Indigenous Services Canada and Indigenous Communities (now serving more than 80 throughout Canada) to promote independent, on-site, drinking water testing for E. coli. Due to the remote nature of many communities, previously, water testing was thwart with numerous logistical issues. In many circumstances, samples needed to be collected and couriered or even flown long distances to labs for testing, with results ultimately taking days (or even weeks) to receive.

Now, with TECTA-B16 units on-site in these Communities, results are automated and ready in as little as two hours. With integrated networking capabilities, the TECTA-B16 provides immediate notification and early warning of positive sample results as soon as they occur. Results can be forwarded to any device including computers, tablets and smart phones. And, because the potential for human interpretation has been eliminated, results are the most consistently accurate of any method on the market. Regardless of the application, TECTA-PDS helps ensure 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 reliability and simplicity, offering the ability to be used by virtually anyone, anywhere,” said Tim Adams, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer – TECTA-PDS. “The opportunity to help test water to ensure people in virtually any community here in Canada and across the planet are kept safe from life threatening E. coli, is something we’re passionate about and truly delighted to be able to offer.”

The company has secured multiple regulatory approvals around the world, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) which is considered as a gold standard internationally due to their rigorous standards and criteria. Across all approving bodies, they met or exceeded requirements. In addition to these approvals, TECTA has been validated in multiple independent studies against a variety of other testing methods, finishing at or near the top across all studies.

Today, TECTA-PDS products are being used in both developed and developing countries worldwide, and in markets ranging from the world’s largest cities all the way to the smallest, remote communities.  In over 50 countries and 200 cities/communities, TECTA-PDS solutions help keep millions of people safe across the planet.  

While 2021 is starting to wind down, with their proven track record of success here in Canada and across the globe, TECTA-PDS continues to add new national and international clients with some exciting announcements promised before the year is over.