Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Water purifier

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Water One, Inc. announces the expansion of national and international sales for its Pure2Go Water Purifiers. The unit is a true, personal water purifier with cleanable and replaceable cartridges that can be used easily and effectively with most non-salt water sources. Awarded three US patents, this purifier meets/exceeds NSF/ANSI 53 and P231 standards for a water purifier, eliminating cysts (99.997 percent) and killing waterborne viruses (99.997 percent) and bacteria (99.9999 percent) on contact and on demand. Small, lightweight and easy to use, Pure2Go is perfect for backpackers, campers, international travelers and emergency kits.

Water treatment handbook

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Kemira announces the publication of About Water Treatment, a handbook that describes the methods and processes that are used today for treating potable water and wastewater, not forgetting new, smart process management options, enabled by digitalization. It also discusses sludge and the ways in which it is handled.The book has been created by water treatment professionals across Kemira’s global organization, with extensive application and chemistry know-how. The manual can be downloaded for free from the website.

Ultrasonic flowmeters

Friday, January 15th, 2021

FTI Flow Technology, Inc. introduces the QCT_PA12 series of in-line liquid ultrasonic flowmeters. These compact and lightweight meters are intended for use in low-viscosity liquid applications requiring excellent accuracy and reliability at an economical price point. This series is a cost-effect and versatile solution for measuring low-viscosity liquids in a wide range of industries, including food & beverage. The meters’ construction and Nylon-12 (PA12) material make them the meters of choice for many high purity and corrosive liquids. Typical applications include water treatment for boilers and cooling towers, clean-in-place (CIP) systems, mechanical seal flushing/cooling, process water, cooling loops, reverse osmosis (RO) systems, small-line injection systems, and larger DI water distribution systems and high-purity filtration systems.

Water Treatment for Dummies

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Water Treatment For Dummies: Second Edition is now available both online and in a printed version through the Water Quality Association. Members can use the updated booklet for in-home sales calls, consumer shows, new employee orientations and service-call leave-behind items. The printed booklet is fewer than 50 pages and is written in a simple, jargon-free style. The second edition is completely revised, updated and expanded with all new facts, figures and statistics. Anyone can download the booklet for free and WQA members can order printed copies by paying shipping and handling fees

Bottle-free water system

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Quench, a Culligan company, announces the launch its touchless Quench Q8 bottle-free filtered water system. The sleek, touchless, sensor-activated water cooler connects to an existing water supply to dispense hot and cold, mineral-infused drinking water for commercial customers throughout the US and Canada. The unit is available as a 50-inch, floor-standing model, allowing most users to dispense without bending down, and as a compact countertop model that fits nicely under most break-room cabinets.

Both units come fully featured with quenchWATER+, mineral-infused and electrolyte-enhanced water, on-demand through Quench’s proprietary five-filter purification system; state-of-the-art in-tank LED UV-C to help maintain cleanliness and water quality, and antimicrobial surface protection to help maintain the cleanliness of treated surfaces, including the dispense nozzle, dispense area and drip trays, as well as proactively scheduled preventive maintenance service


Friday, January 15th, 2021

Chermack retired; Dragoo new Clack President
Pete Chermak retired as President of Clack Corporation last October after almost 41 years. He joined the company in January of 1980, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, majoring in marketing and finance. Chermak began his career as a Sales Engineer and was then promoted to General Manager of the Water Treatment Division, responsible for overseeing many of the day-to-day operations. He was promoted to President in 2013. In addition to his duties at Clack, Chermak was active in both the Water Quality Association and Wisconsin Water Quality Association.

In October 2020, Mike Dragoo was promoted to President of Clack. He joined the business in June of 2019 as Director of Operations. Dragoo has previous experience managing global operations in the consumer products industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

IAPMO promotions, board members named
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) promoted Gaby Davis to Chief Administration Officer and Thomas Palkon to Chief Technical Services Officer. Davis joined IAPMO in 1995 and has served roles integral to every shared service that supports the IAPMO Group’s various business units, most importantly serving as Standards Council secretary since 2000. As Executive VP of Global Operations, she has ensured all business units have the resources they need to service customers and members and has supported all IAPMO Group staff individually. Palkon joined the IAPMO Group in 2014 to lead its new Water Systems division, following 18 years at WQA. In addition to growing Water Systems into a leading provider of certification for drinking water treatment units, drinking water systems and microbiological filters, he assumed the role of Executive Director of the ASSE International chapter of IAPMO, an ANSI-accredited standards developer and product certification body, in 2017.
IAPMO ratified the election of new officers and board members, formally concluding the association’s 91st annual Education and Business Conference, which was conducted virtually due to COVID-19. David Gans, Chief Building Official for the city of Oceanside, CA, was elected IAPMO’s 61st President and Steven Panelli, Chief Plumbing Inspector for the city and county of San Francisco, CA, was elected VP. Four new members of the board were elected to serve: David Ledda, Plumbing Inspector for the city and county of San Francisco; Rick Garcia, Senior Mechanical Inspector for the city of San Diego; Carlos Flores, Assistant Chief Plumbing Inspector for the city of Houston, TX. and Ray Boyd, United Association Assistant Director of Education and Training. Claudio Spagnuolo, Plumbing Inspector for the city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was elected to a second term on the board and Steve Fernlund, Plumbing Inspector for the city of St. Paul, MN, was appointed Secretary/Treasurer by President Gans.

Gayer named USALCO CEO
Aluminum-based chemicals producer, USALCO, LLC has appointed Ken Gayer CEO. He is the first non-family CEO of the private equity-backed chemical company, sponsored by H.I.G. Capital. Gayer most recently served as CEO of Gelest and previously was Business President of Honeywell Specialty Products. He spent 15 years at Honeywell in a variety of leadership positions. A former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Nuclear Submarine Force, Gayer holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

NAW leadership changes announced
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) announced the additions of Dan Schuberth as Chief Business Development Officer and William Inman as Chief PAO for Communications and Advocacy to its senior leadership team. Schuberth will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic plans to support organizational growth. He is an experienced operations and human resource management leader with an intimate understanding of the distribution industry. Inman will build out NAW’s communications, marketing and advocacy efforts. He most recently served as VP for External Relations at Wells Fargo and previously served in leadership roles with high-profile campaigns and national advocacy groups across the country. The newly created positions will report to NAW President and CEO Eric Hoplin.

New leadership at Cerahelix
Cerahelix, Inc. announced the appointment of William ‘Bill’ Paulus as CEO. He joined the company in January as COO and will oversee the company’s plans to accelerate growth and firmly establish its leadership in the growing market for ceramic nanofiltration. Paulus brings more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and global operations to his position. Prior to becoming part of the Cerahelix team, he was VP of Global Operations at Celgard, VP of Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Blackmore Sensors & Analytics and VP of Manufacturing at Pittsburgh Glass Works. Paulus began his career as Senior Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors. His credentials also include three Master’s Degrees and a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering.

Fred Wiesler joined the company as VP of Sales, with more than 30 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the company, he was Global Commercial Manager at DuPont Water Solutions and previously served as Global Director of Sales for Membrana, as well as Director of Sales for QUA.

Global Spotlight

Friday, January 15th, 2021

North America
WQA announced it has postponed its 2021 Convention & Exposition until July 28-30. The date and location of the next WQA Business Boot Camp is still being determined. At this time, WQA still anticipates hosting the 2021 Mid-Year Leadership Conference September 14-16 in Oak Brook, IL, as planned.

WQRF research team announced
The research agenda categories selected for the Water Quality Research Foundation’s 2020 Research Grant were regulatory affairs and public awareness. After thorough vetting by the research task force, a proposal from Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds of the University of Arizona and WC&P Public Health Editor, was recommended and approved by the WQRF Board of Directors. The project objective is to address public awareness by increasing knowledge, attitudes and perceptions about POU/POE through creation of user-friendly, web-based educational materials for WQRF.org. The project will build off and supplement the public resources on WQA’s websites. The content will explain routes of exposure, potential health risks and water treatment options for drinking water contaminants.

NGWA virtual event a success
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) concluded Groundwater Week 2020 on December 11, the association’s first all virtual annual trade show. While traditionally held in-person and attracting thousands of attendees, restrictions on gatherings, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, led to the decision to move to a virtual format. It was attended by over 2,500 groundwater professionals from 59 countries across the globe and offered four days of educational sessions, product demos and opportunities to visit the virtual exhibit hall.

Goulds to offer training
Goulds Water Technology announced it is offering groundwater professionals free access to industry learning sessions the company led throughout NGWA Groundwater Week. Xylem residential water experts hosted a series of learning opportunities during the conference, including product presentations, training workshops and industry discussions designed to educate and support groundwater professionals and their businesses. Several virtual events are now available on-demand at goulds.com/ngwa.

Legionella conference rescheduled
A virtual special session of the annual Legionella Conference co-hosted by NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) will focus on disease prevention from waterborne pathogens during a public health crisis. Previously set for January 2021 in Chicago, this special session of the conference has been rescheduled as an interactive virtual event due to the ongoing pandemic. The special two-day virtual session of the Legionella Conference, Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens During an Emergent Health Crisis, will take place March 9-10 to address how industries such as health care, water utilities, manufacturing and hospitality, as well as health departments and regulators, can better respond to water-related challenges during a major health crisis.

WEP stakeholder update reported
In 2010, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University and five companies formed the Water Equipment and Policy (WEP) Research Center. At its fall meeting, WEP announced that 20 project proposals were presented and the members elected to fund six of them for 2021: Improved process-based phosphorus cycle models to optimize wet detention pond operation and maintenance; Ultra-sensitive 30-nm thick SiN membrane pressure sensors; Novel Iron-Based Electrocoagulation-Peroxidation (EC-PO) Treatment Process for Removal of PFAS; nanotechnology in Drinking Water Treatment Systems; Risk and Regulatory Compliance; Low Cost Static Multi Scale Flow Metering Technologies for Low Flow Rates with Integrated Pressure Sensing and A Continuous Heavy Metal Contaminant Measurement System in Drinking Water.

Startup’s system adapted to hydroponics
Vermont-based Vand announced it is adapting its innovative, two-stage water filtration designed to support the recent explosive growth and commercial opportunities in small-scale hydroponics and backyard farming popularized during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has evolved its personal water filtration device to include a reusable and refillable water filter and an additive unit that allows fertilizer, nutrients and essential minerals to be added to any hydration stream, automating plant health and maintenance.

Water, Inc. to represent Italian brand
Water, Inc. announced that it now represents Italian breakout appliance brand SMEG in Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico. SMEG is renowned for creating beautiful kitchen products that combine technology and style, and makes appliances that are both high-performing and crafted from quality materials. The partnership with SMEG enables Water, Inc. to provide the same level of high-touch, hands-on, same-day service that it has executed for more than 40 years. With its 26,000-square-foot warehouse available for product inventory and same-day order, process and shipping capability.

Aquisense, Mitsubishi collaboration announced
AquiSense Technologies announced a unique version of its PearlAqua Micro product specifically for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO). The partnership provides MELCO with AquiSense’s patented UV light emitting diode (UV-C LED) water treatment technology for MELCO’s residential Eco Cute hot-water systems. MELCO spent over two years evaluating UV-C LED technology solutions from over a dozen suppliers for its CO2 heat-pump hot-water supply system, selecting UV-C LED based on its low-energy consumption, long service life and small footprint.

IAPMO code released for India
IAPMO India announced the release of the 2020 Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code–India (USHGC-I), an updated version of the 2012 Uniform Solar Energy Code–India. The code is a product of the joint effort of the Indian Plumbing Association (IPA) and IAPMO Plumbing Codes and Standards India Private Limited (IAPMO India). 2020 USHGC-I is a set of recommendations for everybody involved in the design, engineering, construction or manufacturing of solar energy products and systems. It may be viewed online at http://epubs.iapmo.org/2020/USHGC_India/ and a hard copy will be available for purchase in early 2021.

IWSH training lunched in India
The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) has launched a new education and training collaboration with Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association (BORDA) India, with the intention to support plumbers in the city of Leh in the remote Himalayan district of Ladakh in northern India. The collaboration was launched with a bespoke webinar highlighting IAPMO India’s Uniform Plumbing Code–India, providing an introduction to plumbing best practices and covering water supply, wastewater systems, toilets and septic systems.

Viewpoint: Living and learning through adversity

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As we venture into the new year, with no small amount of trepidation, it’s time to look back over the disaster that was 2020, learn from it and rise like a phoenix from the ashes. While the world has suffered mightily during the pandemic and continues to be at risk of second- and third-wave infections of COVID-19, nothing can turn back the clock. Hindsight really is 2020, pardon the pun. What we do this year as people, employees and business owners must take into consideration the recent past if we are to find a path to success in these circumstances. Political upheaval, pandemic and more will rule the day for some time to come.
How do you carry on when you continue to be blindsided by something so completely out of your control? You pick up the broken pieces, remember how they got broken and find lots of strong, ethical glue to put life back together again. Normal should be removed from our lexicon…what we see as the ‘new’ normal doesn’t resemble anything we’ve seen in over a hundred years. The multitude of concerns now facing every business are addressed in this issue by WQA Communication Director Wesley Bleed.
As this is the issue for all things membrane- and filtration-related, we present an article from Mark Ligon of Commercial Filtration Supply that covers a range of mistakes to avoid in restaurant applications. For years we’ve been told that what is most important in commercial and industrial water treatment is based on the level of acceptable-failure risk. The answer to that equation is…zero. This is especially important in a restaurant setting, where the inspection criteria must be met 24/7. An inspector can visit at any time, without notice, find even the smallest problem and shut down the business. For water treatment specialists, this means an assessment for a restaurant or other food and beverage concern must start with a zero-failure premise.
Whether residential, commercial or industrial in nature, all water treatment can be subject to regulation. In many states, a water treatment specialist must have permits to install a simple plumbed-in system. Others require a certified plumber be the one to do that part of the job. Whatever the requirement, there are a multitude of codes worldwide that govern plumbing and they are revised regularly. Thomas Palkon, IAMPO’s Chief Technical Services Officer, presents an overview of the process for updating and revising a host of plumbing codes and how they relate specifically to water treatment businesses.
Waterborne illness is one of the continuing problems associated with drinking and recreational water, even with all of the advances that have been made in water treatment since the early 1950s. In spite of monumental efforts to prevent such illness, especially where it concerns public health, there remains a high incidence of outbreaks. Dr. Kelly A Reynolds, Public Health Editor, addresses these concerns, noting that there is still a great need for public health protection measures to be instituted, with an emphasis on POE/POU level applications. In spite of the 2020 public health challenges, water treatment dealers are still the go-to experts to assist in reducing the incidence of waterborne illness and should focus on this health-related aspect to assist clients.

Source: www.thelearningsite.info

We wish you the best of the new year, with an emphasis on keeping yourselves and your employees safe to prevent further spread of COVID-19. When that will end is open to question, even with vaccine deployment occurring as this is being written. We can’t just hope for better times, we have to make it happen. And the water treatment industry, with all of its regulatory burdens, is better positioned to do that than anyone. Be safe, be productive and be successful!

Project spec tool

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Watts introduces recent improvements to its plumbing project specification tool SpecHUB, enabling engineers, architects, designers and specifiers to quickly specify plumbing and flow control, water quality and drainage products according to local building codes. Professionals can quickly find the Watts equivalent of another manufacturer’s product with a new cross-reference tool and easily create new projects by copying master spec templates.

POU water filters

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Water One, Inc.’s POU water purifiers, easy to install, under-sink, two- and three-stage systems, are true water purifiers perfect for homes, offices, RVs, cabins and remote locations. The systems meet/exceed NSF/ANSI 53 and P231 standards for a water purifier, killing waterborne viruses (99.997 percent) and bacteria (99.9999 percent) on contact and on demand, as well as eliminating cysts (99.997 percent). The #10 size replacement cartridge sets for the units can also be used to convert existing POU filter systems into true water purifiers.
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