Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Viewpoint: COVID-19: What’s Next

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As the pandemic continues to confound scientists and health officials alike, we are left with a patchwork of state-by-state regulations and guidance. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work when there is such diversity of population. For larger metropolitan areas, the close proximity of living and working conditions highlight the risks. For those in rural areas, the risks might seem different but the outcome of infections are quite likely the same. Be it personal life or business, nobody can escape the reality this has brought to our doorstep.

NSF International, WQA, Underwriter Laboratories and others have put a lot of effort into drafting possible solutions to reopen businesses safely, outlining disinfection and personal protective equipment requirements, as well as reassuring both clients and employees that their safety is a top priority. There are so many considerations to be made, including how to deal with the possibility of lawsuits if someone contracts the disease in your area of operations. Reopening must be based on facts rather than fear, though there is little enough to guide one to the optimum result.

That COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future is not in question. How to salvage business from the total disruption of society on a global basis is somewhat murky. The level and amount of preparation required to reopen the business world may well carry a bigger price tag than we can yet imagine. Please let us know how you are proceeding, what precautions you have in place and how your clients are responding to your efforts.

Reverse osmosis technology has been at the forefront producing safe, high-quality water for decades. Even though there is no indication that COVID-19 has been found in water supplies, RO’s ability to remove almost all contaminants could be a factor to drive more innovation and sales. We have two articles about RO this month. Canature Water Group’s Toby Hughes delves into the problem of reject water and waste, while WC&P Contributing Editor David Martin reminisces about RO pioneer, Donald Bray.

With attention focused on global water scarcity and the impact that will have on future water supplies, water reuse and recycling has been gaining in popularity over the past decade. As such, the NSF/ANSI 350 standard was created to help manufacturers take advantage of this water-saving technology. NSF’s Sharon Steiner provides insight on water scarcity and how the standard applies to current conditions.

Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, takes a closer look at how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and at home. She focuses on best practices that can help to reduce exposure risks while dealers are interacting with the public and transitioning back to life/travel.

Each month, more events are cancelled, postponed or turned into virtual events. We are trying hard to keep up with the changes that occur on a daily basis. Please note those changes in the Upcoming Events section and if you know of an event status that has changed, please let us know. We strive to keep the most in-depth calendar available in print and online for our readers and we hope that before too long, we can remove the special identifiers we’ve added and can see you in person again. Until then, be safe, be sensible and good luck.

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