Viewpoint: Keeping the proper perspective on COVID-19
Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher
If you listen to the news too much, you might fear the global pandemic is heralding the end of the species. There are two sides to the argument of personal and public safety and the debate has often devolved into political rhetoric and heated emotional arguments. Whether you are pro or con about using masks, staying home, social distancing, etc., a lot of facts seem to be getting lost in the debates. To date, the information and policy reactions have caused more harm than the disease itself. We will have to wait on the research for any reasonable conclusions and solutions.
Each new study that contradicts what was disseminated in the media the week or month before sows even more confusion and concern. What we do know at this point is that this coronavirus infection is not waterborne. Although there have been a number of studies indicating the virus has been found in wastewater, nothing indicates that our drinking water supplies are at risk of being an infection vector. This is a point for water treatment dealers to make to their clients. As long as the public is being bombarded with competing agendas and information, however, it’s the water treatment professionals who will be called upon to give consumers some peace of mind. That can be accomplished by offering them added protection with a home water treatment system.
The pandemic will likely be with us indefinitely and planning now for what needs to be done in the future is the best way to weather the storm. As essential businesses, water treatment companies will be called upon more than ever to ensure public health is a top priority for everyone. To meet this challenge, exceptional products and customer service will be needed. It’s rather difficult to stay positive during a time of panic, but water treatment businesses and specialists have weathered worse trials.
In this ozone issue, we have an industry update from Jim Lauria of Mazzei Injector Company, LLC, on behalf of the International Ozone Association. While ozone treatment isn’t as common in the residential setting, it is well-suited to commercial and industrial applications. The association is now setting its sights on the larger industrial marketplace as a result. In addition, Greg Reyneke, MWS, of Red Fox Advisors gives an in-depth primer on residential ozone application.
Summer is supposed to be the time to enjoy the public or home swimming pool but this year things are decidedly different. That doesn’t mean pools should be overlooked, nor should maintenance be forgotten. Terry Arko of HASA, Inc. provides insight on the usage of liquid sodium hypochlorite to keep pool water safe for everyone. In addition, Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, takes a side road to a new type of pool: those made from stock tanks. This is becoming a trend, due to space limitations and cost. But it doesn’t mean the water should be overlooked. Treatment is still a critical element for ensuring a safe swimming pool, whether it’s in the ground or above, private or municipal.
More and more shows have been turned into virtual events. Training sessions are being conducted online as well, so see the Upcoming Events section for the latest offerings. Being adaptive is a key element for success in water treatment and continuing to take advantage of the many educational sessions is important. It’s worth taking the plunge to learn more because it’s a big world out there!