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Friday, November 15th, 2019

Xylem introduces its Solving Water podcast, a resource for water professionals to learn more about these vital issues. It wades into trending topics, technology and behind-the-scenes stories of work addressing water challenges around the world. In each episode, company experts and industry thought-leaders discuss water challenges and solutions as they apply to a wide range of applications from residential, commercial building systems, rural and agriculture technology, water utilities and more.

Lab services

Friday, November 15th, 2019

ResinTech Inc. announces the availability of water and resin analyses in its state-of-the-art, world-class laboratory. Specific contaminants can be identified to recommend the best possible treatment. Water analyses offered include detailed PFAS testing (using GC/MS Triple Quad); trace metals (using ICP/MS); volatiles (using GC/MS); TOC and wet chemistry. Resin analysis can be used to track normal aging of resin as an aid to schedule replacement. Analyses include: strong and weak acid cation; strong and weak base anion; mixed beds; regenerated resin and layered beds.
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Metering pump

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Flowrox introduces its FXM Metering Pump, which allows operators to monitor pumps 24/7 with the use of any computer or mobile device. This pump has low consumption of spare parts, reduces maintenance and downtime, improves process performance, provides accurate dosing and is now IIoT-ready. FXM-2 model max flow reaches up to 46.5 gph (176.0 L/h), while FXM-3 reaches up to 221.9 gph (839.9 L/h). Working pressure of both models goes up to 125 psi and they can withstand a higher ambient temperature: up to 131°F (55°C). The pump includes serviceable rotor construction, which can be disassembled for maintenance; operation adjustment through digital touchpad: precise and reliable performance, and a new motor and control circuit; the pump runs accurately and smoothly, even at the lowest speed.

Stainless steel straws

Friday, November 15th, 2019

QMP’s stainless steel straws are reusable and can be customized with a logo, company or family name. Each order comes with a brush for easy cleaning. Scientists estimate there are over eight billion discarded straws in the world today, most of which end up in landfills, waterways and oceans. Why not switch to an environmentally sound solution?
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Global Spotlight

Friday, November 15th, 2019

North America
De Nora announced the opening of a greenfield manufacturing facility for the production of electrodes in Mentor, OH. The 110,000-square-foot building, designed for flexibility in production planning, will reduce lead time, optimize capacity and improve efficiency. DSA® electrodes that are produced in the new facility are used in a range of industries and applications, including in the production of chlorine for water and wastewater disinfection.

US EPA lead rule proposed
As part of Children’s Health Month, US EPA announced a proposed rule that significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation’s drinking water. This action represents the first major overhaul of the Lead and Copper Rule since 1991 and marks a critical step in advancing the Trump Administration’s Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures. In conjunction with this announcement, US EPA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have launched a new website that summarizes available federal programs that help finance or fund lead service line replacement. The American Water Works Association noted the new rule represents an important step forward in addressing lead risks, even though it’s too soon to offer a detailed analysis of the rule and important work remains.

Switched-on iron
Sandia National Laboratories researchers have discovered the mechanism to switch on iron residing in clay mineral structures, leading to the understanding of how to make iron reactive under oxygen-free conditions. This research will help scientists understand and predict how contaminants, such as arsenic, selenium and chromium, move through the environment and enter waterways. These chemical principles can be applied to develop natural soil barriers to remove these contaminants from water and make reactive membranes, which can transform contaminants during the water filtration process.

WEFTEC success announced
With 22,500 registrants, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 92nd annual WEFTEC drew one of the largest crowds in a decade. It also featured 992 exhibitors using 294,000 net square feet of space to showcase the latest developments, technologies and services for the water sector. Of note during the event, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the selection of the National Alliance for Water Innovation to lead an Energy-Water Desalination Hub that will address water security issues in the United States, and teams from Texas and Colorado won the Operations Challenge Competition, which features some of the most elite operators in the world in a fast-paced, skills-based contest for wastewater and maintenance professionals.

Legionella conference notes
Environmental and public health experts agree that proactive water management plans, stronger policies, collaboration, communication and regulation are needed to stop the rapidly increasing number of Legionnaires’ disease cases and outbreaks. Representatives from public health agencies, water utilities, water industry organizations, regulatory bodies and academia were among 360 international attendees at Legionella Conference 2019, Building Water Systems: The Sustainability and Public Health Nexus, co-hosted by NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association in September. The conference emphasized the importance of building water management plans and served as an important driver in thought-leadership regarding surveillance and response to outbreaks. Safe water is a strategic priority and Legionella is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) main focus areas. That agency has published a Legionella toolkit based on ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 detailing seven steps for a water management program. Other interagency efforts between the CDC, the Department of Veteran Affairs and the US EPA also address Legionnaires’ disease.

WSI: another winning event
Nearly 900 water-efficiency professionals came together in Las Vegas, NV in October for this year’s 12th annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition. Participants soaked up a world of water knowledge at more than 100 professional sessions and panel discussions, as well as pre-conference workshops, technical tours and the expo hall. They also gained invaluable insights from keynote speaker George Hawkins, and saluted those organizations, companies and individuals who earned WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards from US EPA’s WaterSense Program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

Global alkaline water market to treble by 2023
Rapid growth in alkaline water consumption is predicted for the next five years, according to the 2019 Zenith Global Alkaline Water Report from Zenith Global. Global volumes are forecast to jump from 635 million liters (173 million gallons) in 2018 to 2,200 million liters (600 million gllons) by 2023. Global value is rising even faster than volume. Volume has grown by an average 12.2 percent a year since 2013. Value has advanced by 21.6 percent a year, reaching $883 million in 2018 and expected to exceed $4,300 million in 2023.

Salt demand, pool and spa markets to increase
According to The Freedonia Group’s new Global Salt Study, demand for salt is forecast to reach 346 million metric tons in 2023. The Asia-Pacific region will remain the largest regional market as a result of the country’s massive chemical, textile and pharmaceutical industries, while salt demand will grow at the fastest rate in the Africa-Mideast region, driven by a shift away from natural-resource extraction as the region’s main economic driver toward industrial diversification. To read more about this trend, click on the link (https://www.freedoniagroup.com/industry-study/global-salt-W1003.htm). According to Global Pools & Spas, new pool and spa sales are expected to grow 3.5 percent per year to 4.9 million units in 2023. The Asia-Pacific region will account for 53 percent of new sales, supported by the key Chinese market, which itself will account for 22 percent of new pools and spas sold globally in 2023, due to rising incomes and related investment in recreational facilities, such as public swimming pools, aquatics facilities and amusement parks. For more information regarding pool sales and water treatment trends, click on the link (https://www.freedoniagroup.com/industry-study/global-pools-spas-3778.htm).

Watts partnership announced
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. recently funded and helped install two water filtration systems that provide clean drinking water for children and families in Sa Kaeo, Thailand. Through its partnership with Planet Water Foundation, Watts employees and five of its customers built ‘AquaTowers’ at two schools, which remove harmful particles, bacteria and viruses, providing 1,000 people with 10,000 liters (2,641 gallons) of clean water per unit daily. Watts first joined forces with Planet Water in 2016. Since that time, the organizations have brought clean water to 15,000 people in Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Puerto Rico.

Viewpoint: Changing seasons means winter maintenance

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As autumn colors abound over the landscape of many areas, it’s time think about winter maintenance. For some, that may mean adding antifreeze to the vehicle or covering the late garden they planted. For others, it means checking and repairing/replacing pipe insulation to prevent those disastrous breaks that are sure to come.
Many people in rural areas are well acquainted with these procedures because they are critical to having a reliable water source. But there’s more to that maintenance than just wrapping the pipes. National Ground Water Association’s Charles Job gives our readers a closer look at the natural occurrences that can have an impact on their private wells and how that can affect well owners’ health. While no requirement for testing exists for private wells, owners would be well-served to take on this responsibility for their own well-being.
Over the years, water scarcity was thought to be a problem ‘somewhere else.’ In the last five to 10 years, the US has begun to experience its own scarcity issues. While there is much that can be done to conserve this precious resource, not all are yet on board with doing so. Luckily, the water treatment industry is at the forefront of introducing new water-saving appliances and processes. Gary Battenberg of Parker Hannifin takes a look at the history of groundwater depletion (which leads to water scarcity) and what can be done to mitigate the consequences of our unchecked growth and over-usage of water in the United States. Overcoming this problem will take long-term investment and engagement.
Dr. Kelly Reynolds, Public Health Editor, reports on the less well-known danger of pyrethrin exposures. While commonly celebrated as ‘natural’ pesticides, pyrethrins (and their synthetic cousins, pyrethroids) have been associated with acute poisonings. Their use is common in the US; recent deaths and new research, however, indicates a need to revisit previous studies on the safety of these chemicals.
Even though many tend to stay a bit closer to home during the end of the year, there are still plenty of industry events occurring around the world. For example, while this issue was being printed, Aquatech Amsterdam was in full swing, bringing more technology and innovation to the world of water treatment. We can’t wait to hear more and will present some details in our December issue. Though the cold season might not make you think of pools and spas, that industry’s annual big show was happening in New Orleans, LA.
And don’t forget about another upcoming big winter show, NGWA’s Groundwater Week, which will take place December 3-5 in Las Vegas, NV. It doesn’t get cold everywhere at the same time so look for what may be happening close by that will benefit you and your business. Even local shows can make a big difference in your customer base.


Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

EWQA Board announced
The Eastern Water Quality Association (EWQA) announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors, during the Opening General Session of the EWQA Annual Convention in September. Each of the new Directors assumes responsibilities effective immediately. Kevin Osborn of Water-Right Corporation (Appleton, WI) is the Northeastern Regional Sales Manager for Water-Right, which is a full-service manufacturer and distributor of brand-name water treatment equipment. Water-Right has been serving the water quality improvement industry since 1959.

Donny Greene, CWR of the Blake Equipment Group (East Windsor, CT) is the Blake Water Solutions Division Manager for Blake Equipment, which is a manufacturer of water treatment equipment.

Candice Wentling, MWS of Certified Action, is the Director of Certified Action (Nashville, TN) and is a Selling Coach and distributor to the water treatment improvement industry. She has been conducting sales training seminars, field coaching and leadership accountability for the last 13 years.

Josh Wenzel, President of Lancaster Water Group, (Lancaster, PA), a full-service manufacturer and distributor of brand name water treatment equipment, was also elected to the board.


Winsupply promotions announced
Winsupply Inc. has named Eric Roush VP, Supply Chain. Previously Director of Sourcing Services, Roush will lead Winsupply Sourcing Services in fulfilling its mission of providing supply-chain expertise in support of the growth and prosperity of Winsupply’s nearly 600 locations. Roush’s areas of responsibility include the operation of Winsupply’s five distribution centers, central accounting and pricing, vendor incentive program administration, customer care and regional distribution center purchasing. Monte Salsman was appointed President of the newly created Winsupply Acquisitions Group. He was previously President of the Winsupply Local Company Group. The Board of Directors also announced the promotion of Rob Ferguson as President of the Winsupply Local Company Group to fill Salsman’s former role. He was previously VP of Operations and will also be added to the Winsupply Inc. Board of Directors.

Mollenkopf named IWA President
The International Water Association announced Tom Mollenkopf as President-elect of the Association for the period October 2020 until August 2022. He will take office at the end of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. An Australian national, Mollenkopf has been an active member of the IWA for many years. He became a member following an early professional career in law and he has spent the past 25 years in the water sector. Mollenkopf has been a member of the IWA Board of Directors for the past five years; was Deputy Executive Director of IWA in 2005 and following that, was elected Senior VP twice, in 2014 and 2016. He was invited to serve a further term on the Board in 2018. Mollenkopf takes over the role of President from Diane d’Arras, who has served two terms.

WEF Trustees, Fellows named
The 2019-2020 Board of Trustees was confirmed by WEF’s House of Delegates during WEFTEC® 2019. The WEF gavel of leadership was passed to President Jackie Jarrell, Operations Chief at Charlotte (NC) Water. In her role at Charlotte Water, Jarrell is responsible for the overall management of the operation and maintenance of five wastewater treatment facilities consisting of a total capacity of 123 million GPD. Jarrell also has oversight of regulatory functions, process control, industrial pretreatment and continuous improvement programs within the operations areas. In addition to Jarrell, the 2019-2020 Board of Trustees includes: Past-President Tom Kunetz; President-Elect Lynn Broaddus; Vice President Jamie Eichenberger; Treasurer Keith Hobson and Secretary and WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe. Trustees are Rajendra Bhattarai; Howard Carter; Aimee Killeen; Mark Poling; John Trofatter and Ifetayo Venner. Three WEF employees were recognized and honored during the Empowering Women in Industry Gala: Morgan Brown, WEF’s Technical Programs Manager, was named Industry Advocate of the Year and was a nominee for Emerging Leader of the Year; Lisa McFadden, WEF’s Director of Integrated Technical Programs and Associate Director of WEF’s Water and Science Engineering Center, was nominated for Industry Advocacy, Mentor of the Year and Leadership in STEM and Brianne Nakamura, Senior Manager in WEF’s Water Science and Engineering Center, was nominated for Industry Advocacy and Emerging Leader of the Year.

Wastewater odor guide

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

DESTech Publications introduces Wastewater Odor Production and Control: An Operator’s Guide by Michael Gerardi and Jon Gerardi with illustrations by Brittany Lytle. Some highlights of the book include ready-to-use operational procedures to solve specific odor problems; proven biological, chemical and physical methods for preventing and controlling odors in plants, sewer systems, tanks and lagoons; how daily plant variables like flow, water temperature, sludges, fats and grease affect odor generation and dictate strategies to combat it; explanation of field and lab tests needed to detect odor-causing situations and detailed investigation of the chemical and bacterial processes that cause odors from ammonia, sulfides, methane and many other compounds.

Water conditioners

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The BroadHead H2O water conditioner prevents scale build-up, reduces existing scale and helps reduce corrosion in the home, irrigation system, swimming pool and more. These units work by subjecting calcium in water to alternating reversing-polarity permanent magnetic fields that alter the minerals’ ionic charge. Instead of attracting one another to create scale, they will repel each other and pass harmlessly through the system. It also reduces the water’s surface tension, enabling it to dissolve existing scale as well. The units are proudly made and manufactured in the USA.
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Liquid pumps

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Smart Products USA’s Series 3000 liquid pumps feature built-in check valves with customizable components. For optimal sealing in a wide variety of environments, customers can choose from four O-rings to include: Buna-N, EPDM, Viton® and Silicone. Other options include port size of 0.25-inch (6.35-mm) or 0.125-inch (3.175-mm) size, voltage of 12 or 24 VDC and more. Additionally, Series 3000 pumps are high-capacity, self-priming and non-polarized. They run wet or dry and feature a single diaphragm, positive displacement design.

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