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UVL1 a real game-changer for the aerospace industry.

Showing what is next! IWG revolutionizing water consumption

Today’s reality demands a new set of parameters and guidelines.

For the aerospace industry, global hygiene standards will be the new starting point and the right way to keep moving forward.

With 30 years of experience and a wide selection of effective and reliable products IWG is leading the industry and facing new realities with absolute confidence.

What is next for passengers? simple, effective, and reliable technology. Featuring our powerful IWG-UVL1. A powerful unit that emits ultraviolet energy within the UV-C spectrum using LED lights.

The unit disinfects 99.99% of the water from viruses and bacteria without the use of chemicals protecting passengers/crew and the aircraft. All pathogens that may be in the water supply will absorb the UV light, making them unable to reproduce scrambling of the genetic code in the nucleus. As a result, drinkable disinfected water. The best part of it all, the unit is installed just right before the spigot of a faucet minimizing any chance of contamination between the waterline and passenger.

Read more about it at PAX International Magazine, May 2020 edition: Amenities & Comfort digital issue page 2 and 16 here.

Climate Action  | Earth Day 50Th anniversary

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth day, our planet is taking a pause.

In these extraordinary times, people and businesses are in the process of adapting and changing, and with this new pattern of behaviour, we are creating a visible impact on the environment.

We have witnessed how our emissions have dropped, smog has significantly reduced, and even, in some cases, how nature delightfully showed up and spread rapidly without boundaries and/or restrictions.

This is the moment of understanding the importance of coexisting with nature. We have the power to shape global health, and our success will be measured by how we will manage this power to develop solutions and forge tomorrow’s path for future generations.

International Water-Guard’s commitment to the future provides immediate solutions to these immediate challenges with powerful water disinfection units such as IWG-UVL1 eliminating 99.99% of bacteria and viruses and contributing to eradicate the use and disposal of bottled water, or our electronic Water Quantity Pre-Select System which will save weight, reduce fuel burn, and cut down carbon emissions from commercial aircraft. Let us help you shift towards a more sustainable world. Let us help you lead the industry!#iwg #earthday2020

UVC-LED and its role against COVID-19

Here is an article on one of the many avenues to consider in the Aviation industry’s battle to combat COVID-19. UV disinfection of water.

As we collectively embark on a new quest to make air travel healthier for our passengers, with efforts to maintain a sterile cabin, social distancing on flights, and increased screening of passengers for potential symptoms, a key component to include in our risk assessment is Potable Water.

Be it at Airport water fountains, water used on-board for coffee, or water served to passengers to keep them hydrated, it is imperative that we be cognizant that water must be disinfected at the Point Of Use ( POU), as it is the last contact point right before consumption.

UV-C radiations from LEDs at a wavelength of 260-270 nm work by inactivating the DNA of the virus rendering them futile to further proliferation and consequently eliminate the potential for human infections. The most pivotal potential of UV-Cs is their proven efficacy in disabling other strains of Coronavirus including MERS and SARS.

IWG is introducing, the IWG Passenger Water Dispenser (PWD) aimed at eliminating contamination at touch points while keeping passengers hydrated with water disinfected by UV-C LEDs at Point Of Use.

We are all in this together

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting families, communities, businesses, and everybody’s way of life. During this unprecedented period of uncertainty, IWG would like to reach out and update our community on how we are approaching the situation.

First and foremost, our heart goes out to anyone who is been impacted by illness caused by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our most sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who are sick. We would also like to greatly thank the selfless healthcare workers around the world who are on the front-line toiling tirelessly to take care of people in need. Also, many thanks to the countless others whose contribution is so vital at this time for keeping us fed, connected and powered.

We are dedicated to the health and safety of our employees, families and communities. Many of our team are now working from home and those that are on-site are strictly adhering to the social distancing and other protocols and restrictions in place to keep them, and everyone, safe. Regardless of being on-site or working from home, we will continue to provide our full support to our customers, business partners, suppliers and community and strive to deliver the highest levels of performance.

For 30 years IWG has been developing and delivering water products to the aviation industry that protect the health of passengers and crew.  As we deal with this crisis, our team remains focused on that mandate to protect both passengers and crew from the risk of waterborne illness by listening to the needs of the industry.

 What steps would you like to see?

Steven Bis  |  President IWG

Boeing’s Aviall Announces Agreements with Major International Suppliers

Farnborough, United Kingdom, July 18, 2018

International Water-Guard signed and exclusive distribution agreement with Aviall, A Boeing Company, for its Lavatory Water Heater which fit Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 fleets.

The ceremonial signing took place on Tuesday July 17, and the press release came out Wednesday July 18, 2018. Here the Press Release

For over 30 years, International Water-Guard (IWG) has been providing exceptional potable water system components to the aerospace industry.
Operating from our headquarters in Surrey, British Columbia, IWG is recognized as the world’s leading provider of flight-certified potable water ultraviolet treatment units, on-demand water heaters, water control devices, aircraft water pumps, compact water modules, and innovative potable water components.

“We’re recognized as the leader in specialized water system components not only because of our innovative products and leading technology, but because we back up everything with exceptional customer service”

Purchasing an exceptional water system component from IWG doesn’t end at delivery. We stand behind every product. Every order comes with exceptional customer service as standard.

IWG attends Aircraft Interiors Expo USA, Dubai Airshow 2015, and NBAA 2015

November 2015 will be a busy month for International Water-Guard as the team gears up for three trade shows back-to-back.

IWG will kicks things off at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Seattle, Washington on November 4-5 to discover the latest trends in the airline industry. IWG regularly attends the German version of the AIE show, but with the expo right in IWG’s backyard, it’s sure not to be missed.

Directly after AIE USA, Giles Lapierre, Director of Sales and Marketing, will travel to United Arab Emirates for the Dubai Airshow from November 8 – 12.  “Dubai Airshow is a good opportunity for IWG to introduce our new generation water system components for airline, business, and military applications,” says Lapierre. “The Middle East is an ever-growing market that IWG is keen to explore.”

Following the Dubai Airshow, is the annual National Business Aviation Conference in Las Vegas from November 17 – 19. At NBAA this year IWG will be focusing on bringing UV water treatment to the forefront, as it is an important component to any business aircraft’s water system. “This show is always a positive one for IWG where a lot of our customers attend,” says Lapierre. IWG’s innovative solutions have expanded with the new T-Series Tankless Water Heater and the IWG-M1 Compact Water Module. For NBAA 2015, IWG will debut its latest UV water treatment unit – the IWG-UV1, which keeps on-board water safe and clean for passenger anywhere they travel in the world. Visit our booth #N3729 to view our product offering.

IWG ships the first T-Series Tankless Water Heater

It’s officially left the building…On June 29th 2015 the first IWG T-Series Tankless Water Heater was shipped to Associated Air Center for installation on a Boeing 787.

“This accomplishment was collectively executed by a hardworking and creative team of professionals.  We are all proud to know that the entire development of IWG’s newest tankless water heater was a technical success and met the customer’s delivery schedule,” said David Pohl, Director of Engineering.

The T-Series was initially launched to the market at the annual National Business Aviation Association Conference in October 2014. The T-Series is the ideal component for onboard showers and high demand galley complexes, and it’s key attributes are it’s lightweight build in a small package while producing on demand hot water flow. Since the T-Series debut, IWG has received very positive responses from the VIP completion centers.

To learn more about the T-Series Tankless Water Heater, click here.

IWG attends Aircraft Interiors Expo 2015: The Recap

Hamburg, Germany was the place to be from April 14th – April 16th.


Simply stated: it was the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX). This show is a leading aircraft interiors event, boasting over 800 airline buyers, 500+ leading aircraft interiors suppliers, and approximately 14,000 attendees all in one place. International Water-Guard was one of many exhibiting companies at the conference and has shown their dedication at AIX for nine years.

“Overall, IWG had a successful show in Hamburg. Our customers were excited to meet us there and we can expect to see some great opportunities and projects in the future,” says Gerald Eiers, VP Business Development. “We will definitely be back next year.”

AIX is an ideal event to network with key contacts not only in the business aviation market, but also in the airline industry – essentially it is the best of both worlds. The diverse attendance brought plenty of activity to IWG’s booth, especially with the debut of the IWG T-Series Tankless Water Heater being on display for the first time in Europe.

“Many engineers attend the AIX show, and it is a perfect opportunity for them to see and touch IWG’s demo units,” says Giles Lapierre, Director of Sales & Marketing. “The T-Series Tankless Water Heater and IWG’s other aircraft water system components were well received.”

The momentum from the AIX show – including the launch of the T-Series Tankless Water Heater – will continue to the next major European aviation conference; IWG will be exhibiting at EBACE 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland from May 19th – 21st.

IWG-UV1 successfully passes RTCA/DO-160G test

International Water-Guard (IWG) is pleased to announce that its latest water treatment unit – the IWG-UV1 – has successfully completed RTCA/DO-160G testing. This is an exceptional accomplishment for IWG because it validates that the IWG-UV1 design complies with airworthiness standards. In addition, the IWG-UV1 unit is in the process of being certified as part of an FAA Project for a Boeing 787 VVIP Interior Completion.

“The IWG-UV1 is in a class of its own, and ensures that every passenger on board has safe, clean potable water,” says David Pohl, Director of Engineering.

Completing an RTCA/DO-160G test is no easy feat. The IWG-UV1 was assessed for nearly two weeks at certified testing labs and underwent 16 rigorous RTCA/DO-160G tests from a variety of categories, some of which included vibration, humidity, electromagnetic interference (EMI) and crash safety. The result? A successful IWG water treatment unit with no noted faults, anomalies, or test failures.

It’s no question that the IWG-UV1 is durable and reliable – but it’s list of features doesn’t stop there.

“The IWG-UV1 requires minimum maintenance,” says Jaewook Jeong, Mechanical Designer, who managed the development of the IWG-UV1 unit.  “It’s smart and simple – all you need to do is supply power. It also communicates to the cabin management system by using RS 485 data communication.”

IWG is excited to introduce the IWG-UV1 as an innovative product to the business aviation market. For over 30 years, IWG has been the leading supplier of potable water treatment units, and their product offering also includes tankless water heaters, aircraft water pumps, and a compact water module. To learn more about the IWG-UV1 click here.

IWG Attends NBAA 2014: The Recap

Once a year 25,000 people meet from all around the world for one purpose – to find out the latest and greatest in business aviation. Known as the National Business Aviation Conference, this tradeshow was held in sunny Orlando Florida. The weather was nice and warm, however, IWG was heating up the conference our own way with our latest product – the new T-Series Tankless Water Heater.

The introduction of the T-Series heater at NBAA was a success and its features and benefits were exhibited to several completion centers – specifically the launch customer of the T-Series , Greenpoint Technologies, who is currently working on a  B787 VIP completion.

“The response our customers are giving us on our new T-Series water heater is very positive,” said Giles Lapierre, Director of Sales and Marketing. “This is the prime place for them to see, hold, and learn about the T-Series’ capabilities for future and existing aircraft.”

Another product IWG also exhibited for the first time at NBAA was the IWG-UV1 water treatment unit, which is the newest water treatment unit to IWG’s product family; it is a dual action unit that filters and uses ultraviolet technology and state of the art design to treat on-board water in a vertical position.

“Our goal was to promote this new product to all of our customers since it’s the smartest and lightest water purification unit on the market,” says Lapierre.

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the NBAA is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. To learn more, visit http://www.nbaa.org/. The next tradeshow IWG plans on exhibiting at is the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg Germany, in April 2015.


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