Viewpoint: Merry Christmas!
Yes, we’ve rolled through another year with you and as we get ready to close out 2018, it’s time to be thankful. We should also take pride in what the industry has accomplished, while still realizing there is so much more to be done. Population increase and climate change are serious drivers for water contamination, ensuring continued challenges to provide safe, clean water to the world. That said, we know you, our loyal and supportive subscribers, will continue your efforts to reach that goal. WC&P will be there to help, by presenting relevant and timely information from a wide range of sources.
Throughout the year, we focus on primary technologies for the residential, smaller commercial and light industrial water treatment markets. We try, however, to be comprehensive in our coverage and include sanitation, desalination, wastewater, groundwater and more during the later months of the year. It’s important to note that the differences among treatment technologies and applications is more readily defined as the importance of preventing possible failure. Those of our audience who deal with small businesses and public water systems, possibly water and wastewater treatment plants, know well that failure is not an option.
In our final month of the year, we are taking a closer look at desalination and wastewater. Riggs Eckelberry of OriginClear examines whether smaller desalination operations should be considered as future options. The cost of energy to operate desalination is tremendous and smaller setups could offset these costs to make desal a more desirable treatment choice. As recycling and reuse become more palatable to a larger audience, it can’t go without notice that wastewater is and will continue to be a huge part of that option. Stringent testing and control must be maintained to determine the success of turning wastewater into a more usable form. Cole-Parmer’s Michael Steinert reports on a new testing protocol that can give results more quickly to determine the level of biological contaminants in wastewater. That’s a first step for successful recycling and treatment.
NGWA’s Jesse Richardson reports on ‘groundwater as a conduit’ cases, which seek to determine contaminant sourcing and responsibility. Several cases will likely end up in the hands of the Supreme Court for determinations under the Clean Water Act. Addressing lead contamination, Kimberly Redden, Eric Yeggy and Public Health Editor Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds together tackle this most pressing and distressing contaminant, and its mitigation through the use of POU options.
On an upbeat note, we present a pictorial recap of the PWQA’s recent annual convention and a most impressive dealer accomplishment, Culligan of San Diego’s sports field naming honors. We bring this to a close with a most heartfelt wish for one and all to have a very Merry Christmas! See you next year!