Water technology firm TECTA-PDS brings headquarters to Kingston, Ont.
Kingston, Ont. – TECTA-PDS, a Canadian-owned drinking water technology company, has opened its new business headquarters in Kingston, Ont.
TECTA-PDS makes an automated, EPA-approved microbiological water quality water system for onsite water testing for E. coli bacteria.
TECTA-PDS’ fibre-optic sensory technology was first developed at Queen’s University to address concerns arising from the Walkerton water tragedy of May 2000, when seven people died and many thousands became ill because of an E. coli outbreak in the community’s water supply, TECTA-PDS said in a news release.
Formerly known as Pathogen Detection Systems, the company was purchased by the European multinational Veolia Environment in 2009 and renamed Endetec. That purchase enabled the company to fully commercialize its water testing products, making them more widely available around the world.
The company recently adopted the name TECTA-PDS. Its head office, engineering facility and manufacturing facility are now located in Kingston and its entire supply chain is now exclusively based in Canada and the United States.
“We’re proud of the fact that our technology is now being used in more than 25 countries and that we’re expanding rapidly internationally,” said Tim Adams, executive vice-president. “Our units have now become the go-to method for testing for E. coli in every region around the world.”