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Viewpoint: COVID-19: What’s Next

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As the pandemic continues to confound scientists and health officials alike, we are left with a patchwork of state-by-state regulations and guidance. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work when there is such diversity of population. For larger metropolitan areas, the close proximity of living and working conditions highlight the risks. For those in rural areas, the risks might seem different but the outcome of infections are quite likely the same. Be it personal life or business, nobody can escape the reality this has brought to our doorstep.

NSF International, WQA, Underwriter Laboratories and others have put a lot of effort into drafting possible solutions to reopen businesses safely, outlining disinfection and personal protective equipment requirements, as well as reassuring both clients and employees that their safety is a top priority. There are so many considerations to be made, including how to deal with the possibility of lawsuits if someone contracts the disease in your area of operations. Reopening must be based on facts rather than fear, though there is little enough to guide one to the optimum result.

That COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future is not in question. How to salvage business from the total disruption of society on a global basis is somewhat murky. The level and amount of preparation required to reopen the business world may well carry a bigger price tag than we can yet imagine. Please let us know how you are proceeding, what precautions you have in place and how your clients are responding to your efforts.

Reverse osmosis technology has been at the forefront producing safe, high-quality water for decades. Even though there is no indication that COVID-19 has been found in water supplies, RO’s ability to remove almost all contaminants could be a factor to drive more innovation and sales. We have two articles about RO this month. Canature Water Group’s Toby Hughes delves into the problem of reject water and waste, while WC&P Contributing Editor David Martin reminisces about RO pioneer, Donald Bray.

With attention focused on global water scarcity and the impact that will have on future water supplies, water reuse and recycling has been gaining in popularity over the past decade. As such, the NSF/ANSI 350 standard was created to help manufacturers take advantage of this water-saving technology. NSF’s Sharon Steiner provides insight on water scarcity and how the standard applies to current conditions.

Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, takes a closer look at how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace and at home. She focuses on best practices that can help to reduce exposure risks while dealers are interacting with the public and transitioning back to life/travel.

Each month, more events are cancelled, postponed or turned into virtual events. We are trying hard to keep up with the changes that occur on a daily basis. Please note those changes in the Upcoming Events section and if you know of an event status that has changed, please let us know. We strive to keep the most in-depth calendar available in print and online for our readers and we hope that before too long, we can remove the special identifiers we’ve added and can see you in person again. Until then, be safe, be sensible and good luck.

Variable speed systems

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Goulds Water Technology, a Xylem brand, introduces its e-HME and e-SVE pumps with integrated and variable-speed control and intelligence. These easy-to-install systems combine a state-of-the-art hydraulic pump with permanent magnet-motor technology and a variable-speed drive to provide up to 70-percent energy savings in residential and agricultural applications.

They are pre-programmed for quick installation and have stainless steel casings and inner components for minimal noise levels and long service life. The products are certified to NSF/ANSI 61 to deliver safe, quality potable water and are rated NEMA 3R for outdoor installation. Quickly install a system by adding power and plumbing, press start and the system is ready to perform. No external drive or controller is required.


Remote-controlled track drill

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Lone Star Drills introduces an all-new tracked drill with an automatic SPT hammer for improved accuracy in geotechnical and soil sampling applications, based on the popular LST1G+HDA. Operators can position the drill in hard-to-reach areas and locations with delicate underfoot and maintain leveling control with hydraulics. The drill was designed to address the growing demand from customers wanting to access remote or environmentally sensitive areas. The tracks spread the drill’s weight and lower its ground pressure to 3.8 psi, minimizing the risk of damage to the underfoot. The tracks also minimize the risk of the drill getting stuck in soft ground conditions. The remote is battery-powered and includes a 50-foot (15.24-meter) tether cord in case of battery power loss.
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Ultrasonic flowmeters

Monday, June 15th, 2020

KROHNE, Inc. announces the availability of the OPTISONIC 6300 V2 ultrasonic flowmeter with a stationary, clamp-on design, ideal for a wide range of systems. It allows users to measure flow wherever necessary, all while processes continue. New features include a viscosity range of up to 200 cSt, no need for re-greasing due to solid coupling material, a next-generation signal converter for enhanced application range, Namur NE107 diagnostics and integrated thermal energy calculation. The OPTISONIC 6300 V2 is suitable for diameters ranging from 0.5-160 inches (1.27 to 406.4 cm). It has a process temperature range of -40 to 392°F (-40 to 200°C). This is a flexible solution, with a quick and easy installation requiring no process shutdown and no flow interruptions or downtime. https://us.krohne.com/en/

Low-fouling RO membranes

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Toray Membrane USA, Inc.’s ROMEMBRA TLF-400DG features an improved cross-linked, hydrophilic polymer layer that minimizes the accumulation of foulants on the membrane surface. The membrane coating helps RO plants reduce frequent chemical cleanings while converting wastewater into a reusable water source. These membranes offer excellent removal of impurities (99.5 percent) and permeability (11,500 GPD) at standard conditions. They feature the integrated Durable ‘D’ membrane chemistry for the widest pH tolerance (1–13) for cleanings. Advantages include one-third less energy requirement and increased cost-savings associated with decreased CIPs, chemical use and membrane replacement. Tested and certified under NSF/ANSI Standard 61 and manufactured under ISO 9001:2015 to ensure consistency in product and service quality. https://www.toraywater.com/products/ro/index.html


Monday, June 15th, 2020

Kearney new IWSH director
The International, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (the charitable arm of IAPMO) has promoted Seán Kearney to the role of IWSH Managing Director. Since joining The IAPMO Group in 2015, Kearney has overseen development of the international Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC) program, which has grown into the flagship initiative of the IWSH Foundation today. Over the past five years, he has directed projects launched in India, South Africa, Indonesia and most recently the US. Following his education at the National College of Art & Design and Trinity College (both in Dublin, Ireland), Kearney represented the Emerald Isle as a competitor in Graphic Design Technology at the WorldSkills international competition in 2005. His participation led to work with WorldSkills, initially as a volunteer before employment as a workshop manager, secretariat and project developer, gaining project management experience in countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

He worked for the WorldSkills Foundation during its start-up period from 2013-15, during which time the Community Plumbing Challenge concept was established, alongside several other skills showcase projects and sustainability initiatives that Kearney has continued to develop under IAPMO’s WorldSkills Global Partnership to this day. Most notable of these was the recent Plumbing and Heating Champions initiative, presented in Kazan, Russia last year, which resulted in the international skills competition providing new toilet and washrooms to a local orphanage for special needs children.

In his new role, Kearney will provide additional strategic and organizational leadership across the IWSH team, as the foundation further grows its reputation and expands its impact in the international water, sanitation and hygiene sector. He continues to provide guidance to the design and delivery of other international programs and partnerships of The IAPMO Group.

Lamparter retired, Nava appointed VP, Managing Director
The MANN+HUMMEL Management Board announced that Marco Nava has been appointed VP, Membrane Solutions with MANN+HUMMEL and Managing Director of MICRODYN-NADIR. The appointment was effective in April, with Nava succeeding Walter Lamparter. Nava has been part of the MANN+HUMMEL Group since 2018 and has grown its Italian water business with great success. In his previous role, he served as Managing Director for MICRODYN-NADIR Italy, since the company’s 2018 acquisition of OLTREMARE SPA, where he previously served as CEO. Under his guidance, OLTREMARE was established as Europe’s leading, private-label RO spiral-wound membrane manufacturer. In addition to his new role, Nava serves as CEO for a number of specialty corporations.

Lamparter declared his desire to transition to an external advisor role, where he could consult with the company while pursuing other interests outside of the company. He joined the MANN+HUMMEL group with the acquisition of MICRODYN-NADIR in 2014. Beginning in April, Lamparter will continue to cooperate closely with the company and will support its Life Sciences & Environment team with his valuable expertise.

Global Spotlight

Monday, June 15th, 2020

North America
WQA 2021 call for papers
The Water Quality Association invites potential speakers to submit proposals for education sessions for the 2021 WQA Convention & Exposition on April 27-29, 2021, in Las Vegas, NV. Education sessions cover technical topics related to POU/POE water treatment and business operations topics appropriate for small or family-owned businesses. Although the presenter application form outlines areas of interest, potential presenters are invited to suggest their own topics as well. When selecting the speakers, WQA will give preference to WQA members and to registered exhibitors and sponsors. The sessions cannot contain references to specific products or overtly promote a speaker’s products or services. Proposals are due by August 31 and must be submitted online, using WQA’s form and guidelines. Questions can be directed to education@wqa.org.

PFAS to be added to regulations
US EPA has taken the next step to implement an important per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) requirement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA added 172 PFAS to the list of chemicals required to be reported to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and established a 100-pound reporting threshold for these substances. The agency is publishing a final rule that officially incorporates these requirements into the Code of Federal Regulations for TRI.

UV water sterilizers repurposed
WaterFiltersOnline announced it has repurposed its UV water sterilizers (which anyone can do at a low cost) to sterilize employees incoming mail and UPS deliveries. View the YouTube video about the process at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCiI8m3RAVk

Senate approves water recycling investment
In early May, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed legislation that will make significant investments in water recycling programs and resources. America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 include numerous provisions that will advance the adoption of water reuse across the country. The legislation directs US EPA to establish an Interagency Working Group on Water Reuse to coordinate federal activities across the federal government. The WateReuse Association was pivotal in advocating for these provisions in the draft bill and in the managers’ amendment during committee markup.

NSF pipe testing announced
NSF International has completed the moves of two of its laboratories to one new 20,000-square-foot space in Ypsilanti, MI. The expanded location brings together all of NSF’s plastics testing and certification capabilities, including advanced chemical and structural testing on plastic pipes, fittings and valves, metal fittings and components, manifolds, solvent cements, thread sealants, PVC ingredients and plastic materials for global applications.

Bottle water consumption grows
Bottled water has once again reaffirmed its position as America’s favorite drink, outselling all other packaged beverages in 2019, new data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) shows. Consumers are increasingly choosing bottled water instead of less healthy packaged drinks. The BMC data detail how, since 2010, bottled water has steadily increased in sales volume each year, while consumption of carbonated soft drinks has declined. Bottled water outsold soda for the first time in 2016 and has done so each year since.

NACE, SSPC to combine
NACE International announced its members have voted to approve the association’s proposal to combine with the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC). During the two-week voting period, thousands of NACE stakeholders worldwide cast votes, with an overwhelming 89 percent in favor of combining forces with SSPC. The vote came after more than a year of discussions between the member leadership of both organizations and a unanimous vote this past March by NACE International’s Board of Directors, in favor of a resolution to bring the combination to a member vote.

Grant to fund resilience project
The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER) at Stetson University is collaborating with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coastal Management and Sea Grant College Programs in Florida and Georgia, as well as North and South Carolina, to evaluate green infrastructure interventions for reducing flood risks. The research opportunity is made possible by funding from a $404,000 (USD), two-year Karl Havens Memorial South Atlantic Regional Research on Coastal Community Resilience Grant.

Heroes of chemistry announced
Scientists who developed products that have led to significant advancements in medicine, separation technology and semiconductor manufacturing are this year’s inductees of the Heroes of Chemistry, a scientific hall of fame. The American Chemical Society (ACS) has bestowed this honor annually since 1996. Honorees included DuPont Water Solutions for its FilmTec RO technology, which employs a membrane liquid separation process to reject dissolved solutes on a nanoscale level. Since its introduction 25 years ago, this technology has been widely implemented to provide drinking water for millions of people worldwide and for purification in offshore oil production and the dairy industry.

IAPMO training manuals
IAPMO has made its 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) illustrated training manuals and study guides available to read for free online for a limited time. For more information on IAPMO and its proactive initiatives in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, direct your web browser to https://www.iapmo.org/code-standard-development/covid-19-resources.

In the May issue, an erroneous website address for United Manufacturing International 2000 Activated Carbon was used on page 30. It should be http://umi20001.tripod.com.

Zenith water news
After a searing summer in 2018, UK plain water sales slipped back in 2019, but were ahead of results for 2017, according to the new 2020 UK Plain Water Report from Zenith Global. Volumes (excluding water coolers and dispensers) dipped 3.1 percent to 3,500 million liters (924 million gallons) in 2019, while value fell a more modest 2.5 percent to £2.7 billion ($3.28 billion USD). UK sales of plain, flavored, juicy and functional waters have increased by more than one billion liters over the past five years, according to the new 2020 UK Water Drinks Report. Volumes excluding water coolers rose from under three billion liters (792.5 billion gallons) in 2014 to over four billion liters (1.05 trillion gallons) in 2019, dipping by four percent in 2019 after the hot summer of 2018. The overall sales value of UK water drinks in 2019 was £3.3 billion ($4.0 billion USD).

Aquatech virtual events announced
Aquatech is set to launch a new, live event series intended to shake up the traditional and overcrowded webinar circuit. Called BreakOuts, the event series will feature engaging, live panel discussions with industry thought leaders. The format is informal, engaging and short, aiming to be the perfect break during the work day. Taking place on May 26 at 16:00 pm-17:00 pm (CEST), the first live event was expected to attract a crowd of up to 500 delegates. Bridging the themes of innovation and digitization from the physical Aquatech events, the online discussion kick-started with utilities, European partnerships and global engineering thought leaders from across Europe and the Middle East.

Pure Water Group expands
Pure Water Group has recently established two new entities. In addition to the head office in the Netherlands, the company also has offices in Spain (Pure Water Technologies S.L.) and the United Kingdom (Pure Water Technologies Ltd.). This expansion enhances company resources and demonstrates its commitment to ensuring a consistently high level of customer support and attention. For additional information: +31 165 348 252(3) or contact info@purewatergroup.com www.purewatergroup.com

Viewpoint: It’s not the end of the world

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

In prepper communities and groups across the globe, there is an acronym that has gotten renewed attention as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc. TEOTWAWKI, the end of the world as we know it, is not all encompassing, however, no matter what some elements of society preach. In most places, the societal norms have been modified but not (for the most part) abandoned. Collapse of society is not eminent. But we do have to step back and look at how our consumerist society has been turned on its head. Listen to the news for more than a few days and we hear about how the inability to shop is having a major mental health impact and social distancing isn’t helping ease the feelings of isolation.

The world is not at its end, we won’t implode if we can’t go out for a night on the town and while many businesses may end their existence due to factors beyond their control, most will quietly rebuild their sales teams and product lines to factor in the influence of the pandemic. Whether it’s the hospitality industry that has been brutally crushed or the manufacturing companies who are thankful to have operations in the US rather than offshore, the resiliency of the American capitalist may be slightly muted at the moment but it has not been silenced. Technical Reviewer Peter S. Cartwright, PE, offers his perspective on what is happening in the COVID-19 world and our lives, based on his decades of water treatment expertise.

As an essential industry and a public health player, water treatment is still badly needed. Treatment options will continue to emerge in response to whatever happens next, as it always has. A basic component of water treatment that stretches back into the earliest societies, carbon is still at the forefront of a great many treatment systems. Gary Battenberg, of Dan Wood Co. treats us to a primer on the do’s and don’ts of using activated carbon.

There are many interlocking and overarching aspects of water treatment, including plumbing, though it can often be overlooked. While it is a critical element of commercial enterprises, plumbing and the associated regulations are not always at the forefront of a water specialist’s mindset…until he hits a permit brick wall in a state requiring a plumber be involved. Thomas Palkon of the IAPMO Group delves in to the ASSE 1087 standard to explain what is required in the crossover between water treatment and plumbing for commercial and food-service operations.

As states begin allowing more and more businesses to reopen, there is revelation about water safety (or lack thereof) in buildings that have sat idle for the past couple of months. You can’t just turn on the tap and expect water quality to be the same as it was before the tap was turned off. Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, reviews the processes and procedures by which all building managers can ensure they do not make a bad situation worse. Building water supplies are at risk from stagnation and contamination, creating a public health hazard for businesses and inhabitants alike. It’s a good read with many salient points for those wishing to get back on track to reopen as soon as possible.

More events have been cancelled, postponed or are being held virtually. No, it’s not the same convention experience, but the focus on education remains the same. If you can take advantage of any educational seminar or training session, do it. You never know what you’ll learn next and how it will be of great benefit to your clients, down the road. Be the edge instead of trying to find a fancy slogan to give you an edge. Now more than ever, you are critical and essential to the well-being of our country and others that you serve. Be there for them, now and in the future.


Friday, May 15th, 2020

WQA award winners announced
In a new spin on an old tradition, the Water Quality Association honored 16 award winners during its Virtual Annual Meeting, held in the wake of the canceled 2020 WQA Convention and Exposition. Full biographies are available on WQA’s website. The winners included: Hall of Fame: Peter S. Cartwright, MWS, PE, Cartwright Consulting; Lifetime Membership: Richard A. Mest, Master Water Conditioning Corp.; Key Award: Edward P. ‘Ted’ Jones, MWS, Kinetico Incorporated; Ray Cross Award: Darwin ‘Buzz’ Goldstein, MWS, Charger Water Treatment Products, LLC; Regents Award: Shannon Murphy, TST/Aquamor; Award of Merit: Rebecca ‘Becky’ M. Tallon, A.O. Smith; International Award of Merit: Anthony D. Oosterveld, VIQUA–A Trojan Technologies Business; Honorary Membership Award: France Lemieux, Health Canada; Next Gen Awards: R.J. Easton, Culligan of Wheeling, Ashley Green, EcoWater Systems and Ryan Sowa, CWS, Great Lakes International, Inc.; Excellence Award–Dealer Category: Best Water Solutions and Manufacturer/Supplier Category: May Supply Company. President’s Club members who have recruited at least three WQA members in the last year were also honored: Roy Esparza, MWS, CI, CWR, Puronics Water Systems, Inc.; Doug Haring, MWS, CI, CWR, Clack Corporation and Greg Reyneke, MWS, Red Fox Advisors.
Three new members joined the Board of Directors, with terms that expire in 2023: Douglas Haring, MWS, CI, CWR, Clack Corporation; Sun Yong Lee, Coway Co. Ltd. and Trent Jacobi, GE Appliances. Seven new members joined the Board of Governors, with terms that expire in 2021: Amanda Moore, CWS, Atlantic Filter Corporation; Mike Mitchell, PUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc.); Judd Larned, Culligan International Company; Stephen Ver Strat, Amway; D.J. Shannahan, MWS, CI, CCO, Sharp Water Culligan; Kelly Johnson, CWS, Quality Water Services; James Stern, A.O. Smith Corporation and Toby Thomas, Kinetico Incorporated.



PWQA Founder Falsken mourned

WC&P received word that Pacific Water Quality Association Founder, President and visionary Dennis Eugene Falsken passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 2, with his family by his side. Born January 7, 1952, in Hayward, CA to Donald and Letha Falsken, he graduated from El Dorado High School and attended Cyprus College. Falsken worked for a liquor bottling plant for many years and it was there that he learned the science and practice of water treatment. In 1984, he founded Falsken Water Systems, after installing his first RO system. Falsken built the family business from the ground up and was dedicated to passing along his vision, knowledge and expertise. PWQA intends to move forward and honor his memory by continuing the work he loved so much, with the same work ethic, integrity and dignity that has been the hallmark of his company.
Falsken is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cindy; daughters Michelle (Matthew) Ralls and Julie (Lyle) Ratcliffe; three grandchildren; brother Don (Nancy) Falsken and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. He was laid to rest on April 11, but unfortunately, due to the current global circumstances, services cannot be held at this time. His family plans to organize a celebration of life sometime in the future. Donations in Falsken’s name can be made to Norco Little League, 3364 Western Ave., Norco, CA 92860 (https://www.norcolittleleague.com/sponsorships) or The American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/

Global Spotlight

Friday, May 15th, 2020

North America
WQRF study announced
The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) selected three researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to carry out its latest research, a sustainability comparison of centralized drinking-water treatment to POU or POE treatment in small community systems, for Safe Drinking Water Act compliance. Drs. Emily Kumpel, David Reckhow and John Tobiason will be using real-world data to compare the human, environmental and economic impacts of centralized drinking-water treatment, to residential POU/POE treatment in small-community water systems in the US. The two-year research project begins this month. The Sustainability Comparison Study is one of several WQRF-funded projects under way right now. Details of other WQRF research is available at https://www.wqrf.org/.

WaterSense program to continue
After a review of WaterSense specifications as directed by America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, US EPA announced that the agency will not make updates or changes to the program specifications. Additionally, the agency announced next steps in the its ongoing process of assessing and improving the program. US EPA will be engaging with WaterSense stakeholders and the public to ensure that WaterSense products continue to help protect our nation’s water supplies, while saving consumers money and performing as well as or better than regular models.

US Water Alliance, companies offer COVID-19 relief and recovery principles
The US Water Alliance joined more than 200 organizations in endorsing four principles to secure our water future, as the nation plans or recovery and relief from the Novel Coronavirus. As the country is in a public health crisis, relief and recovery measures must include both individuals who need access to clean water to survive and institutions and organizations that provide essential water service to communities. The principles knit together enduring water issues critical at this time: who has access to it, who manages it, how it is paid for and how all communities are kept safe and healthy. The high-level principles are: ensure water is reliable and affordable for all; strengthen water utilities of all sizes; close the water access gap and fuel economic recovery by investing in water systems.

May Supply acquired by Winsupply
Winsupply Inc. has closed on the purchase of assets of May Supply, a wholesale and retail distributor of plumbing and water system materials as well as kitchen and bath design and fixtures, serving customers throughout west-central Virginia from two locations. The company has its primary location in Harrisonburg, VA and a second location in Ruckersville, VA. Details of the purchase were not disclosed. The comapny has been incorporated as Winsupply of Harrisonburg VA, but will continue to do business as May Supply, which offers plumbing and wastewater solutions. It also provides sales of freshwater livestock waterers in the Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina agriculture markets, along with certified well-water testing.

WEF COVID-19 toolkit released
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has released a new WATER’S WORTH IT toolkit to raise public awareness about the vital role of water utilities and workers in the coronavirus response. The high-impact materials highlight the critical need for water and wastewater services during this unprecedented time and recognizes the dedicated professionals who are working on the front lines to provide clean water and sanitation for their communities. The toolkit, available at https://watersworthit.org/, features a series of graphics that are designed for social media and can also be used on the web and in email.

The difference between cold- and hot-brew coffee
Cold brew may be the hottest trend in coffee-making, but not a lot is known about how this process alters the drink’s chemical characteristics. Scientists now report that the content of potentially health-promoting antioxidants in coffee brewed without heat can significantly differ from a cup of joe prepared with the same beans in the traditional way, particularly for dark roasts. A brand-new video on the research is available at www.acs.org/philly-2020-coffee

UK water dispenser market growth reported
With hydration becoming ever more important for British consumers, the UK water-dispenser market grew by 2.3 percent in value to £192 million ($240 million USD) and by 2.9 percent in units installed to over 870,000 in 2019, according to the UK Water Dispense Market Report from Zenith Global. This growth was noted despite uncertainty over Brexit and poor summer weather. Bottled-water dispensers are still the mainstay, accounting for 59 percent of revenue and 40 percent of units installed. Mains-fed POU units, however, have risen steadily to 24 percent of revenue and 38 percent of units. Integrated tap systems have also gained share to 17 percent of revenue and 22 percent of units.

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