Viewpoint: Is it spring yet?
Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher
The calendar may indicate it’s spring but in several areas around the country, people are questioning if that’s really the case. And if it hasn’t hit you already, spring fever should be on your horizon. With the change of seasons comes more water treatment opportunities, including necessary maintenance, repairs and replacements for returning snowbirds. For your long-term customers, that annual maintenance regimen should already be scheduled. And as the warm-up continues, people will want to take stock of summer needs as well, such as new filters and other treatment system maintenance. Throw in conference season and it looks like several busy months are coming your way.
While not wholly entrenched in residential water treatment, UV systems are making deeper inroads each year, especially in the commercial sector. Water dispensing units are now featuring UV disinfection as a part of the whole package of offering quality water and many small commercial concerns, such as mom-and-pop restaurants are having UV disinfection added to treatment trains. There is another market for UV and that’s small water systems. In this issue, we feature a case study by Jose Maria Gonzalez of UV Pure Technologies, about a UV installation in a small Colombian water treatment plant. A far less expensive alternative to building additional treatment plants, this installation provides more than 5,000 people with the best water in the area.
On the heels of WQA’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, we got a chance to ask new Lab Director Zac Gleason a few questions about his new role. His experience with labs and testing is being brought to bear in multiple ways and he sees his position as one of leading the way to further enhance WQA’s certification and informational programs. Gleason’s dedication to providing clean, high-quality water is proactive at the very least and quite commendable.
With intrusion by a host of contaminants such as arsenic, radon and others, it’s inevitable that problems with groundwater will arise. But what happens when very small public systems fail and residents face having bad or no water? Enter the Water Well Trust. This non-profit agency has been at the forefront of securing funding and materials to rehab and even build new water systems in areas where it would be all but impossible for residents to do so themselves. With the assistance of major companies like Xylem, the impossible is becoming reality, as reported in this issue by Susan O’Grady, Director of Marketing.
Legionnaire’s disease is on the minds of many, including our Public Health Editor, Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD. There is a wealth of information about the disease, how to treat it and most importantly, how to prevent it. But that doesn’t always reach those who need it to effect remediation techniques on systems suspected of harboring Legionella. Dr. Reynolds outlines a new effort, online training, to add to the arsenal of tools already available to overcome and prevent infections.
We hope you enjoyed the WQA Annual Convention and we look forward to seeing you again soon at upcoming events. Until we meet again, please give a thought to what you would like to see covered in WC&P International and let us know. Know a dealer who’s got a special story? Send it our way. Do you have an exceptional executive in your company? Let us tell the story. Until we meet again, happy reading!