Quantum delivers powerful results at canine hydrotherapy centre
The Quantum (Elecro’s advanced water treatment system) has delivered outstanding results within even the harshest and most challenging environment – a canine hydrotherapy centre. As well as a significant cost saving, the sanitisation system has proven that the most powerful and harmful bacteria, microorganisms and viruses can be killed and oxidised at an optimum level; it also beneficially works in complement to existing water treatment methods, enhancing their sanitisation properties and drastically lowering chemical consumption. The result? Maximum hygiene levels that you would expect from the fresh water of a well-monitored, sanitised human pool environment, with significantly reduced chemical consumption.
K9Surf is one of the UK’s leading worldwide exporters of canine hydrotherapy equipment, supplying to a large sector, including veterinary practices and animal rescue centres, as well as directly to pet owners. The products go through rigorous testing and are all approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association.
1) Harsh Pool Environment
Working with K9Surf, it was noted that the pool would be used by approximately 11 to 15 dogs per day, highly polluted, harsher conditions than that of a standard swimming pool. The canine hydrotherapy pool would quickly become polluted with animal hair, skin, dirt and urea – which therefore requires a robust and effective sanitisation system. To put into context, each person adds around 25ml of ‘body fluid analogue’ (BFA) to the water (BFA is a mixture of sweat and urine, plus skin and faeces that represents the average concentration of pollutants from swimmers), 6.3% of which is urea.
2) Chemical Balance
It was important for K9Surf to choose an effective sanitisation unit that would work with their existing treatment method – in this case Bromine. The Canine Hydrotherapy Association implements a legal requirement that a set dose of bromine or chlorine (3 PPM) is present in the water. Due to the nature of use within the pool, Elecro always recommend maintaining a residual of a traditional chemical treatment to protect the water from any new contaminants introduced to the pool, that could enter the water waiting to be routed back through the sanitisation circuit; it also ensures that the pool sides, floor and static furniture are kept sanitised and free from germs.
Due to the demanding conditions of the pool, Elecro’s powerful Quantum was the obvious choice; a revolutionary product that uses photocatalytic oxidisation. This reaction occurs when UV light strikes the surface of the Anatase and Platinum Nano Crystal catalyst assembly inside the reaction chamber - deep-cleansing Hydroxyl Radicals are also formed.
Photocatalytic oxidisation is the strongest sterilising agent available, significantly more powerful than chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, UV or ozone. Unlike other available treatments, it is completely safe and has an immensely powerful effect due to its ability to instantaneously destroy all viruses, bacteria and pathogens. It is also the only technology capable of converting sun tan oil, urea and other contaminants back into their original, harmless molecular form. The perfect solution for such a challenging environment.
K9Surf reported that prior to the Quantum installation, in the evening the concentration of Bromine would be near zero parts per million (PPM), and would need to topped back up to 3 PPM - the industry standard. By the morning, the concentration was reduced to 0.3 PPM, and therefore required another top up of chemical. With the Quantum installed however, K9Surf were able to forego the need to top the pool up with Bromine at the end of each day, and still the pool was found with a concentration of Bromine at 2 PPM come, halving the frequency of dosing. This is a 50 per cent reduction in bromine consumption! Furthermore, K9Surf were previously using a 70W traditional UV unit, whereas the Quantum has a 55W output, achieving considerably better results from a unit with 21% less power consumption.
After using the Quantum, the key benefits to K9Surf included cleaner, clearer water, a vast reduction in chemical consumption and therefore significant cost savings. Chemical reduction is a great benefit to K9Surf for the key reason that animals use the pool for treatment, recovery and management of conditions, and therefore require an environment that effectively manages chemicals to prevent problems such as skin irritation. Normally when chemicals such as Bromine and Chlorine bind with urea, contaminants and bodily fluids, it creates chemical irritants, which can lead to skin and eye irritations and respiratory conditions. Now K9Surf are able to keep chemical dosage to the required 3 PPM, but topping up less frequently, all with the assurance that the Quantum technology is releasing pure, fresh water back into the pool.
As K9Surf previously used a traditional UV on the filtration line this has enabled the company to make a direct comparison to assess the effectiveness of the Quantum.
David Brooks, Managing Director at K9Surf, said: “We have been extremely impressed with the effectiveness of the Quantum System. It has dramatically reduced the level of bromine we were adding to the pool on a daily basis, and the device has aided the chemical by destroying all pollutants and microorganisms. We have only been adding between 10 to 25 per cent of what was previously required to maintain 3 PPM, saving chemical consumption and therefore money.”
“We have always used traditional UV, but the proven and tangible results of Quantum have shone through. We used to offer standard UV in our pool packages to customers, but now supply the Quantum instead – why provide a product half as effective when you can offer Quantum!”
“We pride ourselves on such quality and attention-to-detail with our product solutions, and it is refreshing to find a provider that does the same. I would have no hesitation in recommending Elecro.”
- The most powerful and harmful bacteria, microorganisms and viruses were killed and oxidised to an optimum level; even those normally resistant to traditional forms of treatment. Chemical treatments, like Bromine, break down rapidly in the presence of high contamination, which is why the levels were low each morning and night. The levels of contamination were too vast for the Bromine to deal with alone.; the powerful photocatalytic reaction however vastly decreased the levels of contamination by killing the germs completely and at a faster rate.
- 50% reduction in chemical consumption, and therefore significant cost savings.
- Previously K9Surf had used a 70W traditional UV unit – the Quantum consumes 55W, achieving considerably better sanitising results from a unit with 21% less power consumption.
- Photocatalytic oxidisation is the only technology that has the ability to break down urea and organic matter and convert back into their harmless molecular form.
- It kills all contaminants, but does not dissipate the residual chemical, therefore enhancing the level of treatment. The chemical is not forced to increase its level of chloramine production to compensate for the lack of chemical in the water, and therefore skin irritation, itchy eyes and off-putting odours are avoided.
- Less frequent chemical dosage was required, reducing consumption cost and limiting the amount of chemical stock needed.
- Visible increase in water clarity