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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.
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.
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Steven Bis | President IWG