Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

North America: Flomatic certification announced

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Flomatic Corporation announced its Model AZURE® AWWA butterfly valves have been certified to NSF/ANSI 61 for drinking water. The unit is designed to the ANSI/AWWA C504 butterfly valve standard and is available in a size range from three to 30 inches, with high-flow capacities as a major priority.

North America: US EPA hazardous material rule to change

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

In an effort to address the disconnect between rigorous federal hazardous waste rules and their real-world use, US EPA’s newly proposed Retail Strategy will help companies in the retail sector better identify and manage hazardous waste and reclassify some products as non-acutely hazardous, among other actions. As part of this strategy, this fall the agency will finalize the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule.

North America: Calgon loss reported

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

For the third quarter of 2016, sales for Calgon Carbon Corporation’s Activated Carbon and Service segment declined to $112.5 million, as compared to $121.3 million for the same period a year ago. This decline was primarily due to lower sales of powdered activated carbon for removing mercury from North American coal-fired, power-plant emissions, as well as lower environmental water market sales. These declines were partially offset by higher potable water market sales (particularly in North America) and higher respirator and metal recovery Specialty Carbon market sales.

North America: ResinTech relocation announced

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

dec2016_gs_resintechResinTech Inc. announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and build two new manufacturing plants in Camden, NJ. The move to Federal Street and River Road will allow the water treatment and filtration company to bring a minimum of 265 jobs to Camden. The company will be adding 55 employees to staff the new manufacturing facility and, in addition, will bring hundreds of existing jobs from Pennsylvania, Maryland, California and New Jersey. The announcement followed the approval of about $138 million in tax credits by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) during its monthly board meeting in October.

Viewpoint

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Cycles dominate our way of life

Whether you are looking at things from a business perspective, a personal one or wondering about the climate, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are all cycles of one kind or another. What is surprising is that even though most people accept this realization, they still seem to be stymied when the predictable happens and someone else uses it as a tool or for their own agenda.

In our industry, we also deal with cycles, one of the most important being the hydrologic cycle. You will see it crop up in a variety of articles on various topics. Water is our most precious resource. As some say, water is life. It is also our history. For millenia, we’ve been trying to find ways to effectively and safely retrieve that which is below ground and harvest it into the most usable form. Mother Nature adds elements of her own (arsenic, perchlorate, selenium, radon and others) just to keep us all on our toes, right?  More than a few industries overlap to meet the rigorous requirements designed to provide safe water globally. Some are niche, some are broader based and some are specialists. It takes more than one to accomplish these goals and the groundwater industry is at the forefront of bringing water to us to meet our needs. (Even cities dig wells, after all.) And as climatic conditions shift, the need increases for more effective methods to extract and purify water from the ground rather than surface sources and the collaboration between industries is becoming ever more important.

In recognition of the groundwater industry, we present a report on the recently held California Groundwater Association’s annual convention. This event is a precursor to Groundwater week, which is probably going on while you read this. Well drillers, equipment manufacturers, specialty vendors…all take part in their industry with a great deal of enthusiasm and pride, just as water treatment specialists do. This is never more evident than at the Pacific Water Quality Association’s annual convention, which took place in October. Take a look and see who you know. Remember that these are the people who have worked long and hard at defeating onerous legislation not just in California, but nationwide. Kudos to their continued efforts on behalf of the industry!

UV has been making inroads to the residential marketplace but is still seen as a technology for larger, industrial and municipal use. Even so, some of the newer methodologies may include options to scale the technology to different application levels. Dr. Rajul Randive of Crystal IS explores newer UV systems with LED technology, which could come into wider use in the not-too-distant future. Dr. Kelly Reynolds, our inimitable Public Health Editor, provides more insight on arsenic in private wells as an unrecognized hazard.

As we close this year with hearty wishes for a very Merry Christmas, we want to help you celebrate the New Year by continuing to be your go-to publication. If we don’t cover it, ask us why. If you want to contribute, contact us. We welcome your feedback and contributions to make this publication ever better. With high hopes and a multitude of new possibilities on the horizon, let’s celebrate with each other in the years to come!

Kurt C. Peterson
Publisher

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