ViewpointSunday, December 26th, 2010
At the close of the decade…
Every year at this time, people begin to think in terms of better things to come. Maybe it’s the holiday season that gives rise to optimism; we hope this is true. Good news can’t come fast enough for most people, regardless of industry, and we’re no exception. We’d like to hear more from our readers about what they want to see in the magazine in the coming year. And we’d love for manufacturers and distributors to be more visible to readers through advertising and technical articles. It’s time to push forward to make the next year better than the last, with a renewed sense of purpose.
As we bid farewell to 2010, there is little to indicate enough of an increase in revenues in the POU/POE industry to offset the massive losses of 2008-9. There are, however, indications the economy is gaining some ground, according to recent business reports. It’s nice to see this in the newspapers and on business channels but is it really representative of our industry? We’d like to hear your thoughts. How have you weathered this storm and what do you think will be the turning point?
With the occurrence of subsequent drought years, many areas of the country are now experiencing water scarcity, requiring deeper wells and better technology to produce safe water. Arsenic is also more of a problem in the US and many well drillers, plumbers and dealers are offering systems designed to remediate arsenic contamination. The combination of knowing where to drill and what to do to offset some of the inherent well-water problems is becoming a necessity for water treatment specialists who deal with municipalities and homeowners alike. To address some of these concerns, Stuart Smith and Allan Comeskey of Ground Water Science, LLC show us the importance of hydrogeology in designing and drilling water wells. Shannon Murphy, of Watts Water Quality and a member of WC&P’s Technical Review Committee, offers insight into arsenic removal systems and why they are becoming more of a necessity. In another follow up to New Trace Capacity Test Method Needed for Future Activated Carbon Applications (June 2009), Henry Nowicki of PACS, Inc. presents additional information on this testing protocol, examining failure of AC due to chlorination. While this information is more directly related to manufacturing, anyone who uses activated carbon may find it will increase their knowledge base.
Industries change with consumer demand, which is a reflection of how customers view their world. It’s a constant in the business world that requires creative thinking on many levels to compete successfully. If sales pitches didn’t work last year, what do you plan to change? Do you know what to change? Dale ‘Data Dale’ Filhaber joins us this month to offer a short, five-step guide for keeping your business at the top. Her tips may help you decide what to do differently to increase sales and find new business opportunities. Kelly Thompson tackles a very real problem many companies encounter in the wired world that can have significant impact on the bottom line: preventable data loss. He provides an overview of how to maintain system integrity by managing office computer use and preventing lost income due to compromised data. In the Flowing Issues column, Technical Reviewer Andy Warnes presents a win-lose scenario for the future of manufacturing. Again, changing to meet new business dynamics will create opportunities and become the determining factor in continued operations. Is your company up for the challenge?
We close this year, and this decade, with a sense of accomplishment and pride. Few businesses survive to or past the 50-year mark, and for those that do, each subsequent year prompts a reinvestment of effort. The reward is not just another year in business, but the knowledge that your family, friends, employees and peers respect your efforts. This leads to additional investment in shared success. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope the New Year brings better opportunities and increased business to everyone!
Kurt C. Peterson