Ask the Expert
Trolling for poll results
Question: There was a recent article in USA/CNN/Gallop Poll wherein 86% of consumers indicated concerns about their drinking water. Was it in your magazine and how do I get a copy of that article?
Los Angeles, Calif.
Answer: We’re not sure which article you refer to regarding WC&P. If you could be more specific, we’d be glad to help. If it’s regarding the USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, you’d need to contact CNN or USA Today for the article associated with the poll. Searching both of their websites proved fruitless in locating the specific poll you requested as they do a poll on a weekly basis. The Gallup website lists a series of polls, but without a clear indication of whether it’s what you’re looking for (and accessing them requires a premium subscription fee).
We did find on the Ecowater website a reference to a WQA survey wherein “86 percent of Americans have some concerns about the quality of their home drinking water” (see www.ecowater. com/residential/whats_new.asp).
It’s always best to clip a news item (or print it out if you found it online) right away and save it in a related clip file. A number of dealers put these in plastic sheaths bound in three-ring binders as additional tools for sales displays, i.e., something for potential customers to thumb through as you’re discussing the value of home water treatment. I might recommend that you use only articles from local papers or standard news outlets (Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times) for better credibility. Let me know if we can be of further assistance.
Question: I’m a student at the University of Leeds, England. I am currently undertaking a research project on water recycling for my chemistry degree and would appreciate it if you could send me some technical information (chemistry-based if possible) on water purification and recycling techniques.
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Answer: One of the largest water reuse projects in the world is now under construction in Southern California. It uses state-of-the-art membrane technology to produce drinking quality water from municipal sewage. You can learn about this project by going to the following website: www.gwrsystem.com. GWR stands for ground water recovery here. Hope this helps. For your information, previous studies using conventional chemical means, such as lime clarification, have been scrapped; and this large plant will use microfiltration followed by reverse osmosis.