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American Water Works Association Honors Coatings Manufacturer

David Lafrance (left), CEO of the American Water Works Association, congratulates Tnemec's Randy Moore. Photo courtesy of Tnemec.

Industrial and architectural protective coatings provider Tnemec Company, Inc. (Kansas City, Missouri, USA) was recently recognized by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) (Denver, Colorado, USA) for 50 years of service and support to the water and wastewater industries.

The award is presented to long-standing members for their support of AWWA programs and goals, according to Randy Moore, director of sales agency development and industry affairs at Tnemec and vice president of the AWWA Board of Directors.

“For decades, Tnemec has provided volunteers to assist in the development of AWWA standards and the production of the Association’s Manuals of Practices,” Moore says. “Coatings specialist Mike Bauer had a long history of service as chair of the D102 committee, which is the standard for coatings used on the interior and exterior of water tanks.”

Bauer chaired the D102 committee for several years during his 35-year career with Tnemec. He also served on the NSF/ANSI Standard 61 drinking water additives joint committee and authored numerous technical articles about coating technologies used in the water and wastewater sectors.

Since joining AWWA in 1982, Moore has served on numerous standards committees and is currently an AWWA vice president, service provider director-at-large and co-chair of the innovation initiative. As a frequent contributor to the association’s magazine for operators, Opflow, and a regular moderator of technical webinars, Moore is nationally recognized as an industry thought leader in the water sector.

“Technical innovation has been a trademark of Tnemec coatings and linings, which are specially formulated for water and wastewater industries, and evaluated under real-world conditions,” Moore says. “Tnemec pioneered the development of the overcoat delamination risk factor analysis that is a standard practice today in the water tank industry.”

The company also helped in the development of the Severe Wastewater Analysis Testing (S.W.A.T.) apparatus used to evaluate coating systems in highly corrosive wastewater conditions. “Using this technology, municipal sewer authorities and specifying engineers can rapidly evaluate the performance of protective coatings and linings for use in severe wastewater headspace environments,” Moore explains.

Starting with a versatile epoxy introduced in the 1960s, the coatings manufacturer has expanded its product portfolio with specialized coating technologies to meet the evolving conditions that exist in modern water and wastewater infrastructure. In 1997, the company pioneered the first use of organic zinc-rich primers in the interior of steel potable water tanks. Then, in the early 2000s, the manufacturer introduced fluoropolymer technology for the exterior of water storage tanks. Today, the manufacturer offers a comprehensive portfolio of coatings specifically designed for the unique challenges of water and wastewater applications. 

Source: Tnemec, www.tnemec.com.