The inspiration for Dyteqta’s simple but brilliant technology was borne from the devastating 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong, which resulted in a staggering 321 infected cases and 42 deaths at the Amoy Gardens estate alone. The WHO report into the outbreak confirmed that SARS had spread through the drainage system as a result of depleted floor traps. Poor plumbing and poor maintenance were identified as a contributory factor in many of the Amoy Gardens fatalities.

“…droplets originating from virus-rich excreta…re-entered into residents apartments via sewage and drainage systems where there were strong upwards air flows, inadequate ‘traps’ and non-functional water seals.” World Health Organisation Press Release WHO/70

What if there had been a way of identifying defective water trap seals in the buildings? Surely such a tragedy could have been avoided?

It was believed that it would indeed be possible to develop a system capable of identifying defective water trap seals in a building. By doing so, these could be rectified and the risk of outbreaks such as SARS spreading through the drainage system into the living or working space would be minimised.

The initial research project was supported by industry partners Buro Happold, CIBSE, IAPMO, RBS, Studor (now owned by the Aliaxis Group) and WPC, together with UK Government partners: the Department of Health and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. This “Defective Trap Seal Identification System” (DTSIS) project led to the development of an innovative system for mapping and assessing water trap seal vulnerability in building drainage systems. In cooperation first with Studor and later with Dyteqta, the Dyteqta Monitoring System (DMS) came into being.

Studor has been the world leader in drainage ventilation technologies for over 40 years, and has continued to be at the forefront of supporting innovative research in the field ever since.

Dyteqta’s technology first found a home under Studor’s roof – as it was complementary to the Studor products – before the founders Sture and Doris Ericson decided to establish the Dyteqta Group in 2010. Indeed they firmly believe in the value Dyteqta brings to a healthier environment and as such contributes to humanity. It is now on a fast-track of growth as the market recognises the value of Dyteqta’s innovative solutions.