Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

North America: Septic system maintenance highlighted

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

In September, US EPA (in conjunction with federal, state and local government and private sector partners) kicked off its fourth annual SepticSmart Week to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems. More than 26 million homes in the US (or one in five households) depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses and household toxins to local waterways. Proper septic-system maintenance protects public health and the environment and saves the homeowner money through avoided costly repairs.

North America: Calgon credit news

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Calgon Carbon Corporation announced the closing of a new $400-million, syndicated credit facility. At closing, the facility was initially used to refinance existing debt under the company’s previous credit facility, through the issuance of a seven-year $100-million term loan. The $300-million, five-year, revolving-credit facility is expected to provide funding for the approximate $151.5-million cash purchase price of the company’s pending acquisition of CECA’s wood-based activated carbon and filter aid business, which is expected to occur later this quarter. The new revolving-credit facility will also be available for working capital requirements and general corporate purposes.

North America: Cyanotoxin guide published

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) have released a guide and additional resources to help water professionals detect and control cyanotoxins, the algae-related contaminants that can negatively impact drinking water quality. Additionally, the two have recently released additional resources designed to assist the utility community with understanding, planning for, and responding to cyanotoxins events. The recently launched WRF video, Understanding Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins, provides a utility perspective on the latest in source-water protection, monitoring, detection and treatment of cyanotoxins. Additional WRF resources can be found in the Cyanotoxins Knowledge Portal. The AWWA report, Cyanotoxins in US Drinking Water: Occurrence, Case Studies and State Approaches to Regulation, summarizes available state data on occurrence and the strategies employed by the states to respond to cyanotoxin incidents. A suite of additional tools and reports on cyanotoxins is available on the AWWA Cyanotoxins Resource Page.

North America: AQ Matic move completed

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

AQ Matic Valve and Controls Co. Inc. has completed moving the AquaMatic product line from a Pentair facility and is now in full production at its New Berlin, WI plant. AQ Matic acquired the complete AquaMatic valve and control product line from Pentair Water Purification in June. With cooperation by both parties, the entire manufacturing operation was moved and reopened at the new facility a month later.

North America: Marlo expansion completed

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

nov2016_gs_marlo-facilityMarlo Incorporated announced it has completed construction of its manufacturing plant and office expansion project on schedule. Both building additions are now fully operational, bringing the entire facility to 65,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 11,000 square feet of office space.

Hankscraft product certification

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Hankscraft, Inc. has earned certification to NSF/ANSI 42 and 53 for its Bluefilters (models UF-5-BF and UF-5-BF-NF). The systems are now certified to filter microbiologic impurities and remove undesired taste and odors.

Water-Right’s Turbidex update

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Water-Right,® Inc. announced the addition of the natural zeolite mineral Turbidex to Water-Right® Group product offerings.


Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Are lessons from big water the answer?

As an unrelenting drought continues to make its mark on California and the Southwest, technologies once thought to be separate from the residential and smaller commercial markets have come into clearer focus. No longer is it a case of if these technologies will become mainstay applications, but when. California’s recent wet winter may have staved off more drastic water reduction legislation but there’s no clear indication that the drought is over. Texas, in the midst of severe drought for a couple of years now, resorted to desalination as its savior. The difference is that Texas did what California only talks about.

We all drink recycled water, no matter how we play it. Over the eons, the process Mother Nature uses time and again to keep the planet fruitful and healthy continues its life-renewing cycles. When your clients turn on the tap, they believe their glass of water is as fresh and clean as if it just rained down from the clouds. But we know that water is not pristine! Mother Nature recycles everything. In the arid regions of our country, it’s not unusual to hear someone say that the desert recovers its own. That’s the natural process that continues to make the planet habitable.

Desalination, long considered a bastion against desertification, is no longer just for the Middle East, where lack of potable water is a given. Desalination plants continually supply populations with safe, potable water. Only in the past few years have more municipalities considered this an option in the US. Recycling and reuse, often termed toilet-to-tap, is also gaining more positive reviews. Wastewater plants employ methods that ensure water is clean and safe to drink. If everyone who said “Yuck!” really thought about it, they’ve been drinking water the dinosaurs contaminated that Mother Nature has been recycling for eons!

Dr. Tim Mollart of Element Six presents an article on a diamond technology in broad use for wastewater treatment plants that is beginning to get more attention. Peter Cartwright extends his overview of the not-so-positive aspects of claims made by manufacturers for devices that have failed to gain qualified, third-party validation. In the closing season of conferences, the Eastern Water Quality Association reports on a very successful and memorable annual event. Dr. Kelly Reynolds explores the connection between fracking and water quality. Although this is a topic that has been in the news cycle for some time, definitive information about the impact on water quality has been less well covered.

As we near the end of 2016 and begin preparation for the holiday season, we look back and count our blessings for all of our successes over the years. We hope you can tally more than a few on your balance sheet for the year. Until we meet again, all of us at WC&P International wish you a warm, safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Kurt C. Peterson

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