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Guest Viewpoint from WQA President Steve Ver Strat

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Steve Ver Strat, President, Water Quality Association
Amway Regulatory Policy Director

What an exciting time to be the Water Quality Association President! Our industry is stronger than ever, our association growing and expanding, and we are preparing to develop our Vision 20/20 at the upcoming WQA Convention and Exhibition. The industry continues to strengthen for several reasons. A key driver is the fundamental shift in consumer attitudes toward their drinking water. In the wake of Flint, MI (and now Newark, NJ), consumers continue to be concerned about lead.
Media reports are also leading them to worry about PFAS (the so-called ‘forever chemicals’) and other emerging contaminants. Although municipal water suppliers do an amazing job providing drinking water that meets state and federal standards, customers are increasingly looking to our industry for peace of mind. This need for credible assistance only reinforces the importance of our representatives to be trained and certified. WQA maintains a focus on the importance of certified products and works to speak authoritatively on behalf of our industry. As an example, last year we traveled to Newark to help the city educate the public on the use of certified products to protect against lead in their drinking water.
WQA’s updated Code of Ethics became effective in January this year. The associated marketing guidelines now set the expectation that member companies use terms like water softener as the industry has defined them in the WQA Knowledge Base Glossary. All WQA members and certified professionals pledge to uphold the Code of Ethics and this is essential for our credibility. We reviewed some of the updates to the code in a February 5 webinar, which can be viewed at wqa.org/webinars. We also are planning a general session panel discussion during the WQA Convention and Exposition, Ethics in the Water Treatment Industry, for which I highly recommend your attendance.
In fact, I highly recommend you attend all three days of the convention, April 1-3 in Orlando, FL. In view of our Vision 20/20 theme, we’re going to explore all the great ways our industry is growing and flourishing in 2020, and this continued expectation for years to come. Our keynote speaker, Simon T. Bailey, is the author of 10 books on being fearless and creating our future. He’s going to talk about how to “be the spark” for your business as part of our Opening General Session. Updates on the state of the association, inspiring words from WQA leaders, presentation of annual leadership awards and election of new members to the WQA Board of Directors will also be included in that session.
Our trade show will feature nearly 250 exhibiting companies offering the latest products and services in water treatment. We’ve expanded the hours this year so that everyone can take advantage of all the exposition has to offer, including the Learning Lab and Business Spotlights. Dozens of fascinating and challenging education sessions will cover such topics as emerging contaminants, commercial and industrial applications of water treatment, WQRF research and business operations topics. Attendees are welcome to visit most of the committee, section, advisory council and board of directors’ meetings, which will feature lively discussions on industry topics. Certified professionals can pick up potentially dozens of hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits at the technical sessions.
If you are looking for more education in water treatment topics, consider our two technical workshops, the Commercial/Industrial RO Sizing Workshop and Introduction to Water Contaminants and Drinking Water Regulations MEP Workshop, offered on April 3 at an additional registration fee. Each offers the opportunity to earn 0.4 CPD total. If you are a dealer looking for practical tools and tips for running your water treatment business, consider coming a day early for the WQA Business Boot Camp on March 31. Create the Vision is the theme for the day-long, intensive workshop that features water industry and outside experts’ presentations on leadership, hiring, retaining and onboarding employees. More information and registration for all these events are available at our convention website: wqa.org/convention.
My presidency draws to a close at convention time, but I could not be more excited about the future of this great association. Thank you again for working with me and I look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

People

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

PWQA Board announced
The Pacific Water Quality Association unanimously elected its new Executive Board in October 2019. Members include President Greg Reyneke, MWS; VP Irma Bishop, MWS; Secretary/Treasurer Russell ‘Russ’ Harrison, MWS and Immediate Past President Shannon Murphy. Reyneke has two decades of experience in the management and growth of water treatment dealerships. His expertise spans the full gamut of residential, commercial and industrial applications, including wastewater treatment and serving on the WQA Board of Directors. Reyneke is also a member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee.

Bishop, a 15-year veteran of Culligan and an eight-year US Air Force veteran, has managed offices in Las Vegas and Austin, NV. For the last five years, she has been the Area Manager for the Hall’s Culligan dealerships in southern California.

Harrison is Kinetico’s Key Accounts and Commercial Dealer Manager, as well as a Master Plumber with experience in residential and commercial plumbing and HVAC. He is a Past President of Arizona WQA.

Murphy is involved with TST Water/Aquamor’s strategic planning, product development, regulatory compliance, life-cycle analysis, platform sales and marketing strategies for the retail, food service, pro and OEM platforms. He is a current NSF International Joint Committee member, heavily involved with state and federal programs for small system compliance issues. The new year is already proving to be very active for this team as they bring the association into compliance with California’s new AB5 contractor law, update bylaws and continue engagement with the state of California to help more Californians find access to clean, safe and affordable water.

Metzger added to ResinTech division
ResinTech® announced that it hired Marianne Metzger to lead business development efforts for the company’s Laboratory Services division. She brings over two decades of environmental testing experience, including nearly five years in leadership positions at the Eastern Water Quality Association. Before joining ResinTech, Metzger held sales leadership positions at National Testing Laboratories and CNA Environmental-Ballston. An avid gem-mining enthusiast, she graduated from Case Western Reserve University with degrees in environmental geology and political science.

Sennett named WQA Counsel
The Water Quality Association has named veteran attorney Michael ‘Mike’ Sennett as its General Counsel. He retired from the Jones Day law firm at the end of 2019 and was selected for the new position because of his background and experience with both WQA and the Water Quality Research Foundation. Sennett will be responsible for providing general counse, developing educational materials on a variety of legal topics of interest, aiding the association in the review or development of policies and procedures and creating succession plans for long-term legal support. He holds a BA Degree with honors in philosophy and English from Quincy University and a JD cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, in addition to graduate work in jurisprudence and economics at Northwestern University. Sennett also is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, serves on the board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and is a longstanding trustee of Children’s Home & Aid.

Brissom added to ASTM board
Michael J. Brisson, Technical Adviser at the Savannah River National Laboratory, will serve a three-year term on the ASTM International Board of Directors. He has been with Savannah River National Laboratory since 1988, having previously served as a chemist at Beecham Products. An association member since 2005, Brisson is a member of committees on air quality, nuclear fuel cycle, metal powder and metal powder products, soil and rock, water, performance of buildings, nuclear technology and applications, quality and statistics and homeland security applications. He has been honored with the Award of Merit, Moyer D. Thomas Award, the J.A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award and numerous committee awards. Brisson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from the College of Charleston and a Master’s Degree in waste management from the National Technological University.

AMTA Board members announced
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) announced the election of nine members to its Board of Directors. New members include: Mehul Patel, PE, Orange County Water District; Art Ruiz, El Paso Water Utilities; Rebecca Wilder, PE, Town of Jupiter, FL; Michael Bourke, Wigen Water Technologies; Doug Eisberg, Avista Technologies, Inc.; Ben Movahed, PE, BCEE, WATEK Engineering Corporation; Scott Freeman, PE, Membrane Medic; Greg Madden, H2O Innovation and Greg Wetterau, PE, BCEE, CDM Smith. The newly elected board members will serve for two-year terms beginning on March 20.

KROHNE Chairman, board announced
Effective January 1, the KROHNE Group appointed Michael Rademacher-Dubbick Chairman of the Advisory Board and announced changes to the Executive Board. Rademacher-Dubbick, who has successfully led the KROHNE Group for over 25 years as managing shareholder, underlines the constant and close connection of the owner-family with the company and its activities. Dr. Attila Bilgic is the new CEO and Speaker of KROHNE Group’s Executive Board. He has been on the Board since 2017 and has been KROHNE’s Chief Technical Officer for since 2009. Bilgic will be responsible for research and development, intellectual property, production, quality management, marketing and product management. Stephan Neuburger, member of the Management Board since 1999, will drive growth in new business areas as Chief Business Development Officer.

Global Spotlight

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

North America
Delta Pure acquired
AJR Filtration announced the acquisition of Delta Pure Filtration in November 2019. AJR has expanded rapidly over the last few years, recently moving into a newly built, 180,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with over 700 employees. Todd Furbee, Delta Pure’s President, will remain as President of the company to help maximize the next phase of expansion and ensure seamless support for customers.

Legionella conference to move
Legionella Conference 2020 will be held in Chicago, Il, August 19-21, with an emphasis on preventing deadly outbreaks in hospitals and health care settings. NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association are partnering as conference co-hosts to help stem this rising public health threat. The theme of the conference is Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens in Health Care. Public health leaders, policy makers, researchers, practitioners and water management systems experts will discuss policies and strategies for the prevention of health care-associated waterborne disease outbreaks, including hazards related to medical devices, cleaning and disinfection in sterile settings, as well as water quality requirements in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

NACE standards board created
The NACE International Board of Directors has unanimously approved the membership slate of its new Standards Board and authorized its members to provide oversight and management of NACE International’s standards program. Additionally, it was agreed that the Standards Board will have a voting seat on the NACE International Board of Directors, effective March 2020. To quickly get the Standards Board acclimated and operational, members convened for a two-day orientation in Houston, TX in January. During orientation, the roles and responsibilities of members were reviewed, key issues requiring Standards Board attention prioritized and standards committees created to develop and approve NACE standards.

Rosen Supply sold to Winsupply
Winsupply Inc. has purchased Rosen Supply, a plumbing and heating wholesale distributor in the greater Seattle-Tacoma metro area of Washington. Details of the asset purchase were not disclosed. Rosen Supply has been in business since 1946 and is the leading independent, family-owned and operated plumbing and heating wholesale distributor in western Washington. Third-generation members of the family include David Rosen as President and Adam Rosen as Executive Vice President. Harvey Rosen decided to sell the company to Winsupply as an opportunity to keep some ownership in the family. The company’s legal name becomes Winsupply of Seattle WA Co., but will continue to do business as Rosen Supply.

DuPont acquisitions reported
DuPont announced it has completed the 2019 acquisitions of Desalitech, inge GmbH, Memcor® and OxyMem Limited, adding to its portfolio of water purification and separation technologies, including ultrafiltration, RO and ion exchange resins. These four recent acquisitions support DuPont’s goal to increase access to the products and technologies needed to meet global customers’ current and future challenges, including the increased need to recycle water, while reducing the energy requirements to generate clean water. The acquisitions further broaden DuPont’s portfolio and enhance the company’s ability to accelerate innovation and offer customers better levels of service, while reducing the life-cycle costs of clean water.

Europe
Food and beverage industry acquisitions break records
Zenith Global reported that 2019 broke records again for the number of food and drink transactions around the world, with 789 registered on the Zenith Global mergers and acquisitions database, an average of 15 each week. The total is 12 more than in 2018 and 41-percent higher than five years ago. The number has increased every year since a dip in 2013. Bottled water and water coolers added up to 23. Orkla, Pernod Ricard, Nestlé, Asahi, PepsiCo, Lactalis, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Azelis, Berlin Packaging, Kirin and Waterlogic were the most acquisitive companies of 2019, with each responsible for five or more takeovers. A total of 1,290 companies were involved across 59 countries, with the United States and United Kingdom most prominent overall.

Asia
Success for drinktech reported
Over 9,900 visitors, 201 exhibitors and a total floor space of 11,400 square meters (gross) defined drink technology India (Messe München), co-located with pacprocess and food pex India (Messe Düsseldorf). The trade fair, which takes place in a yearly rotation between Mumbai and New Delhi, is now well established in the Indian capital. The New Delhi edition registered a 30-percent increase in space and saw a record number of business deals negotiated at the fair. The growth of drink technology India remains strong. The supporting program was expanded and addressed all segments and topics of the beverage, dairy and liquid food industry in conferences and seminars. Together with its partners, drink technology India underlines its status as India’s leading knowledge platform.

In WC&P’s December coverage of the 2019 PWQA Annual Convention, credit for the family photos was not properly noted. Thank you, Joyce Takeda of Water Techniques, for your outstanding contribution.

Guest Viewpoint: A Message from WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser, MWS

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Our theme for the WQA Convention and Exposition in Orlando April 1-3 is Vision 20/20 and there is no better time to peer into the future and begin to plan for the changes our dealers, manufacturers and suppliers will face in the coming decade. Every year I look forward to convention because of the discussions and debates that drive our vision for the future. It doesn’t matter if these engaging ideas come from private conversations or public discussions, together they help us set the vision of who we are as individuals and as the WQA, and that helps us make a more robust industry and a better world for us all.
Technology will play a key role in promoting the betterment of water quality around the world. To that end, we are launching an Innovation Showcase at this year’s convention. Exhibitors can display new products or leading-edge innovations in a special area on the trade-show floor. More than 240 companies will be exhibiting at this convention and we’ll also offer a wide range of education sessions on water quality issues, emerging contaminants and treatment solutions. By doing so, we expect to expose convention goers to many new ideas and innovations as part of their Vision 20/20.
Speaking of technology, we are concerned about consumer confusion and that our products and their performance capabilities are clearly explained and marketed. That is why, starting this year, a revised WQA Code of Ethics guides members in using marketing terms as defined in the WQA Knowledge Base Glossary. We want to make sure, for example, that member companies avoid using the term ‘water softener’ in ways that are inconsistent with how our industry has defined it.
We also continue to battle marketing scams that cause harm to consumers and our industry’s reputation. We want to be able to talk about legitimate water quality concerns and trustworthy solutions without crossing the line into scare tactics or violating the Code of Ethics marketing guidelines. Expect to hear more about that at the convention and beyond.
When it comes to legitimate water quality concerns, WQA will continue to monitor and speak authoritatively about issues such as lead, per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) and other contaminants in the news. We remain vigilant about lead. In October, we supported the city of Newark, NJ (and WQA member PUR) in their efforts to educate the public on the use of certified products to protect against lead in drinking water.
We continue to reach out to regulators and legislators, serving as a valuable source of information and expertise on water quality issues. WQA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs department has been successfully building recognition for WQA and its members on Capitol Hill, within federal agencies and in key state legislatures. We’ll be in Washington, DC again in March for our annual Water Resources Congressional Summit with the Irrigation Association and National Groundwater Association. At this event (known more informally as the DC Fly-In) members have a unique opportunity to have their voices heard in the halls and offices of the Capitol.
Lastly, we envision continued growth in professional and product certification as we train the next generation of water treatment professionals, while testing and certifiying the products that consumers will need to address the growing water quality challenges across our nation and around the world. The vision is clear, bold and exciting. We invite those in the industry who are not yet members to join with us and help us meet these new opportunities head on. Let’s make our 20/20 vision a reality.

Let’s get this party started!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As I write this, it’s still 2019 and we’re getting ready to close out the year and begin anew. A business can only survive if it is dynamic and willing to make changes when necessary. You probably have already heard about the Vision 20/20 theme of the 2020 WQA Annual Convention & Exposition to be held April 1-3 in Orlando, FL. Perhaps your 20/20 vision for the new year will be inspired by the WQA Boot Camp, maybe by the input of friends and associates. Inspiration in any form should be welcome and helpful to your efforts.

There are a multitude of treatment processes available to overcome the broad range of water quality issues that are becoming more problematic each year. And, all things considered, water scarcity around the globe is also contributing to innovation . Whenever you have a finite amount of anything and need to stretch the boundaries of its useful life, there are challenges to overcome. Klaus Reichardt of Waterless Co., Inc. addresses this in his article about what comes next in the future of water treatment. With the need for new water sources, nothing should be overlooked and any source should be treated appropriate to its usage. Yes, that light at the end of the tunnel can mean progress, not a train wreck headed straight for your business.

Many people in rural America are not able to access water infrastructure and must have private wells and septic systems instead. But what happens when that is financially out of reach? You look to one of the agencies that are working hand-in-hand with drillers, equipment manufacturers, designers and installers to make clean, safe water a reality for everyone. Susan O’Grady of Xylem Corporation presents a recap of a recent project undertaken in Texas to help one such family in need. Overall, the cost effectiveness of small wells versus the cost of installing infrastructure can be eye-opening. Not every location can accommodate a modern infrastructure product so people must have options.

Throughout history, the world has suffered a number of pandemics with catastrophic consequences for entire nations. The loss of populations, productivity, etc., have crippled many an economy in times past. Regardless of all that innovation technology has provided to overcome such crises, one thing that has not been resolved is the distinct possibility of a mass-casualty health crisis, in conjunction with or due to waterborne pathogens. It’s not a lack of know-how, in most cases, but a lack of political will by leaders to put in effect those technologies that would ensure the safety of the world’s water supplies, especially when water is considered the life-blood of our species. Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, takes an in-depth look at this depressing reality facing the world, if it does not soon deal with these issues adequately.

As we embark on a new year, hoping that success is the hallmark of our efforts, are you making any New Year’s business resolutions? Have you learned anything in the past year that has prompted a change in business tactics? Would you like to share those ideas with others? If so, please contact us so WC&P can present even more tales of success for others to learn from and hopefully inspire further innovation. Until we meet again, be safe and enjoy!

People

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

WQA convention speaker announced
Be the Spark leader, speaker and author Simon T. Bailey will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Water Quality Association Convention & Exposition. The author of 10 books on being fearless and creating your future, he will headline the convention’s Opening General Session. A former Sales Director for Disney Institute, Bailey was named one of ‘25 Successful People Who’ll Help Change Your Life’ by Success magazine two years ago. He has worked with more than 1,700 organizations in 46 countries, engaging and inspiring team members through his workshops, books, online courses and speeches.

Cartwright to present at Filtration Congress
Peter S. Cartwright, PE, of Cartwright Consulting Co., LLC, will be the Keynote Membranes Track presenter at the 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC13). Along with all the industry’s leaders in all areas of filtration and separation, he will be giving plenary, keynote or technical presentations. Cartwright, a founding member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee, has been in the water/wastewater treatment industry for 43 years and has had his own consulting engineering company since 1980. He has delivered over 300 lectures and written the same number of articles on water/wastewater treatment technologies. Cartwright was the 2016 Distinguished McEllhiney Lecturer for NGWA and is an active member of most of the water-related organizations.

IAPMO engineers hired
IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services (UES) announced the hiring of Sid Danandeh, PE, CBO, CA, SECB and Adam Barefoot, PE to serve clients with their evaluation reports. Danandeh brings 40 years industry experience as civil engineer, building official and plan-check engineer serving major metropolitan governmental agencies in southern California. Barefoot brings nearly 20 years’ experience, beginning as a technical engineer specialist for the Army National Guard Corps of Engineers and later stints as a structural design engineer, senior project engineer and senior evaluation engineer in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

New AMTA Director named
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) has welcomed Deena Reppen as its incoming Executive Director. She has extensive experience with executive and organizational management, including nearly 20 years in the non-profit/public sector. Reppen is currently the COO for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Tallahassee, having previously served as their Chief of Staff and VP. She has previous experience as the Legislative Director for the Florida Association of Counties and served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Director for the South Florida Water Management District. She earned her BS Degree (with honors) in zoology from King’s College London and an MS Degree in public administration from the University of North Florida.

IUVA leaders announced
The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) has welcomed Ron Hofmann (Professor at the University of Toronto) as President, serving a two-year term. He assumes the position from Oliver Lawal (President of AquiSense), who is now the association’s Immediate Past President. Jennifer Osgood (Associate, CDM Smith) has been named incoming President. IUVA also elevated two current board members to new positions in leadership, with the addition of Richard Joshi (Director of Technology and Innovation–UV, atg Evoqua) as Secretary and Ted Mao, (VP, Research at Trojan Technologies) as co-VP of the Americas.

Otoo, Meeranaik honored by IWA
The International Water Association announced the winners of its 2019 Development Awards, honoring Dr. Miriam Otoo and Sikandarsab Meeranaik for their contributions to progress on water needs in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Otoo is Research Group Leader-Resource Recovery and Reuse at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. Her research work in the area of resource recovery and reuse (RRR), with a focus on business models that work for low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), was considered by the award jury as being crucial to the progress of the sector. Meeranaik, CEO of the Sankalpa Rural Development Society, started a non-governmental organization (NGO) that installs rainwater-harvesting recharge systems in bore wells in rural India. To date, he has implemented the system across India in over 1,500 bore wells.

PHTA leader announced
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the appointment of Mark C. Milroy, CAE as PHTA’s first VP of Education. He brings more than 30 years of extensive association, education and certification experience to his new role and will be responsible for PHTA education initiatives and the continued unification of Legacy Association of Pool and Spa Professional and Legacy National Swimming Pool Foundation education, as well as the oversight for proposed course updates to continue industry-leading programs. Milroy has led his own consulting practice and also served as the Managing Director, Global Education at the American Industrial Hygiene Association and as VP, Learning at the American Society of Association Executives. He previously held senior-level positions at APICS; the Association for Operations Management; the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and John Carroll University in University Heights, OH.

Global Spotlight

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

North America
WQA Code of Ethics updated
The Water Quality Association’s revised Code of Ethics, which guides members in the use of marketing terms aligned with those published in the WQA Knowledge Base Glossary, went into effect January 1. One specific concern addressed by the revisions is companies using the term ‘water softener’ inconsistently with the way industry professionals understand and use it. To give the industry time to adapt to the change, WQA posted the revised code on its website (https://www.wqa.org/about-us/governance/code-of-ethics-whistleblower-policy) last spring and has been answering questions, proactively contacting companies misusing terms and providing expertise on the issue to its members as needed throughout 2019. The revisions will be explained and discussed again in detail in a session planned for the first day of the 2020 WQA Convention & Exposition.

WFC13 conference information
The 13th World Filtration Congress (WFC13) has released its complete and detailed program that includes educational and technical offerings unparalleled among international filtration conferences. Hosted by the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS), WFC13 includes seven plenary sessions, 30 keynote lectures, 285 oral presentations and panel discussions, 11 short courses and dozens of student and industry posters. Content is organized into four tracks (Solid/Liquid, Air/Gas, Membranes, Filter Media), three symposia (Energy, Environment, Health) and a full day of short courses. Experts from 23 countries will share their valuable perspectives, discoveries and insights in sessions that range from introductory to highly advanced. For full details, visit https://www.wfc13.com/v2/.

IAPMO news
Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan, a new report produced by DigDeep and the US Water Alliance (with advisory assistance from IAPMO), reveals that more than two million Americans today live with no running water, indoor plumbing or sanitation service, and recommends a series of remedies. The report makes several recommendations to help close the water gap in the US. They include re-introducing US Census questions about whether homes have working taps and toilets, as well as changes to how the federal government funds and regulates water systems to support rural and unincorporated areas. There are also several recommendations for the philanthropic and global WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sectors to drive community empowerment, deploy innovative technologies and apply successful WASH models from abroad here in the US. Read the full report at closethewatergap.org.
IAPMO has published ANSI/CAN/IAPMO/ISO 30500:2019, Non-Sewered Sanitation Systems—Prefabricated Integrated Treatment Units—General Safety and Performance Requirements for Design and Testing as an identical National Adoption Standard for both the US and Canada. The standard is available for purchase at the IAPMO bookstore in both English and French, at the website. The standard specifies general safety and performance requirements for design and testing, as well as sustainability considerations, for non-sewered sanitation systems (NSSS). An NSSS, for the purposes of this document, is a prefabricated, integrated treatment unit, comprising front-end (toilet facility) and back-end (treatment facility) components.

Water Tower project announced
The Water Tower, Gwinnett County, GA’s new water innovation center, has joined forces with Silicon Valley start-up Aqaix to provide utilities with new technology for digitizing water operations and financing water infrastructure projects. The Water Tower has licensed two innovative products from Aqaix: a private-labeled version of its online finance marketplace, which allows utilities to showcase their water projects to potential funders and track environmental ROI, and a private-labeled version of its water-data integration hub.

ResinTech new headquarters
In summer 2020, ResinTech will be moving to a new headquarters and production plant in Camden, NJ. The company is now accepting pre-orders. Contact your representative or email info@resintech.com

Latin America
Toray products selected
Toray RO and UF membrane technologies have been selected for a new seawater desalination facility in Brazil, which is set to become the largest in the country. Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020, the plant will have an initial capacity to treat 12,000 m3/day, expandable to 24,000 and 36,000 m3/day and with an estimated value of US$10 million dollars. The principal objective of the plant is to decentralize the steel manufacturer’s reliance on the state’s water supply and contribute to water security to surrounding communities that rely on the same freshwater source.

Asia
Chennai RO plant erected
IDE Technologies announced it has completed the erection phase of the Tertiary Treatment Reverse Osmosis plant for Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) at the facility’s location in Koyambedu, City of Chennai, State of Tamil Nadu. The Chennai area has very challenging water circumstances due to severe and prolonged drought conditions. CMWSSB needed a suitable partner to design, build and operate (DBO) a 45-million liter/day tertiary treatment reverse osmosis (TTRO) plant in Koyambedu, including supplying and laying of a transmission pipe for conveying product water to various industries situated in Irungattukottai, Sriperumbudur and Oragadam.The DBO project also includes a 15-year operation and maintenance period.

People

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Battenberg named Dan Wood Tech Manager
Dan Wood Quality Home Services has appointed Gary Battenberg, an industry veteran of 38 years, as Technical Manager, Water Department. His primary focus will be training personnel in water testing, application, installation and startup, as well as service/diagnostics and maintenance for the department. Battenberg will also be responsible for water system specification for commercial and problem water applications and will be mentoring 18 students through the WQA Modular Education Program. Previously, Battenberg was a Technical Support and Systems Design Specialist with the Fluid System Connectors Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation. His expertise includes the fields of domestic, commercial, industrial, high-purity and sterile water treatment processes. Battenberg has worked in the areas of sales, service, design and manufacturing of water treatment systems and processes utilizing filtration, ion exchange, UV sterilization, reverse osmosis and ozone technologies. He may be reached by phone at (269) 329-0050 or by email, gary.battenberg@danwoodco.com.

Chew added to Clearwater team
Clearwater Systems has added Dave Chew as VP of Service. In this role, he will be leading the service and delivery teams, as well as managing the Service Selling initiative. Previously, Chew was with Parkson, where he was VP of Chemical and Separation Products. He brings 32 years of water treatment industry expertise, as well as experience working with Kinetico, where he held several positions (Process Engineer, Manager of Production Engineering, Manager of Technical Service and Director of Marketing). While with Fairmount Minerals, Chew led their water treatment sector when they acquired Macrolite from Kinetico. He received his chemical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 and his MBA from UC Berkley in 1999.

ACS members share Nobel Prize
American Chemical Society (ACS) President Bonnie Charpentier, PhD congratulated the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: John B. Goodenough, PhD, University of Texas at Austin; M. Stanley Whittingham, PhD, Binghamton University, State University of New York and Akira Yoshino, PhD, Asahi Kasei Corporation and Meijo University (Japan). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.” Goodenough has been a member of ACS for 44 years. Whittingham has been a member of ACS for 46 years, and in the past has served as Chair of the Binghamton Local Section and on the Member Committee on the Petroleum Research Fund. Yoshino has been a member of ACS for eight years.

Industry mourns Matt Oleskow
Matthew Oleskow, age 83, of Andover, MN, passed away unexpectedly on October 30, at Benedictine Innsbruck Transitional Care Unit in New Brighton, MN. Born March 22, 1936 in Chicago, IL, to Matthew Oleskow, Sr., and Anna (Batiuk) Oleskow, he graduated from Farragut High School, joined the US Navy and served for eight years on the USS Yorktown (CVA-10) aircraft carrier, in the Sonar Department. He was also certified as an Electronics Technician Third Class during his tenure and served overseas. Oleskow was always proud of being a veteran and he never left home without wearing a Navy vet hat. He fell in love with flying during those years and later got his pilot’s license, which proved to be one of his happiest pastimes. Oleskow worked for several years at Martin Marietta Corporation in Florida, where he worked on the Pershing Missile Defense Program. After that, he joined Matt-Son, Incorporated, Plastics Manufacturing Company in Barrington, IL as Director of Production, then retired in 1998.
While married to Sylvia (Jennith) Melone, Oleskow was blessed with two daughters and the joys of grandchildren and great-grandchildren followed. In April 2001, he married Mary Fedor and developed a deep relationship with her children, considering them his own. Oleskow is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Brian Maguire. He is survived by his beloved Mary; children, Chris (Greg) Maguire and Teresa (Tom) Wood; step-children Bonnie (Bob) Alver, Nick (Brittany) Fedor and Beth Fedor; brother Robert (Diana) Oleskow; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of friends. There will be a private family memorial with a celebration of Oleskow’s life in the spring. Memorials can be sent to a veterans organization of choice or to the Gary Sinise Foundation, garysinisefoundation.org

Global Spotlight

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

North America
LaMotte Company celebrates 100 years
In October of 1919, Frank LaMotte left DuPont to start a company making pH indicators in the US. He began by making the first domestically produced pH test kits; the only ones then available came from Germany and relations with that country were tenuous. Originally located in downtown Baltimore, MD, LaMotte worked on his own until 1920, when he hired fellow chemist Doc Kenny. That same year he worked with Johns Hopkins chemist, Dr. Linn Enslow, to develop the first chlorine comparator. Its need arose after chlorinated lime was first added to drinking water in 1908. While LaMotte Company started with pH indicators and buffers for water test kits, they began developing and marketing other types of test kits as well. Methods for analyzing agricultural soil were developed in the early 1920s. In 1925, LaMotte produced the first kits in the US for testing chlorine and pH in swimming pools.
In 1929, a LaMotte pH test kit made the first expedition to the South Pole with explorer Admiral Byrd at his station called Little America. Traveling by air, the kit was later returned and is still on display at LaMotte Company headquarters in Chestertown, MD. In 1934, the company moved to Towson, MD, where it continued to grow and in the mid 1950s, LaMotte began supplying phenol red pH indicators for monitoring the stability of the Jonas Salk vaccine. Needing more space, LaMotte moved the company to Chestertown in July 1956, where it remains today. Over the years, as innovation and product demand increased, the original location expanded many times. (The latest expansion, completed in late 2018, added 10,0002 of research and development labs as well as additional production and meeting space.)
In 1968, LaMotte introduced the first DPD Free Available Chlorine test in North America under a partnership with Dr. A.T. Palin. Soon afterward, US EPA recognized the DPD method as a preferred way for testing free chlorine in drinking water and in pools. The late Charles LaMotte took over as President from Frank LaMotte in 1971, pioneering the use of electronic colorimeters to measure pH, chlorine and dozens of other test parameters. In 1983, the company was sold to the Arthur H. Thomas Corporation, of Swedesboro, NJ. The corporation allowed Charles to pass the leadership on to his nephew, David LaMotte, who became president in 1986 and remains at the helm today.
By the late 1980s LaMotte had introduced water analysis systems linked to computers and software to record data and provide recommendations to the user. In the mid-1990s, they began making an assortment of multi-parameter test strips designed for instantly measuring various elements in water. More recently the company launched and patented an automated water analyzer, WaterLink® Spin, in 2012. The key to the Spin system is a reagent-filled disk that can measure up to 10 factors using only a small water sample. The Spin meter mixes and analyzes the filled disk and displays the results in just 60 seconds.
Today the company employs over 220 at its headquarters in Maryland and has three other sales offices globally. LaMotte Company remains a privately held manufacturer, dedicated to innovations that make testing and analyses easier for all.

WQA 2020 convention notes
The Water Quality Association has opened registration for its 2020 WQA Convention & Exposition, to be held April 1-3, 2020 in Orlando, FL. The convention website, wqa.org/convention, offers easy-to-use access to registration, housing and event information for the annual industry gathering and for the March 31 WQA Business Boot Camp, both set for the Orange County Convention Center. The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 dealers, manufacturers and consultants. Expanded hours for the trade show offer greater opportunities to see the latest products and services in drinking water treatment.

NSF standard update announced
The joint committee of experts that maintains an NSF International drinking water treatment standard has recently updated it to allow a more efficient method of treating microorganisms in drinking water. The revision to NSF/ANSI 55: Ultraviolet Microbiological Water Treatment Systems establishes new criteria for use of UV-LED technology for microbial reduction and provides a new test method to certify manufacturer claims. Treatment systems covered by the standard use UV light to inactivate or kill bacteria, viruses and cysts in microbiologically unsafe water (Class A systems) or to reduce the amount of non-disease-causing bacteria in disinfected drinking water (Class B systems). See Water Matters for full details.

PFAS briefing on Capitol Hill
In an effort to bring awareness to the work being done at the local level to respond to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure in drinking water, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) joined the National Environmental Health Association, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Trust for America’s Health and American Public Health Association to hold a congressional briefing: PFAS and Water Protection Briefing with Public Health Experts. Karla Black, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Kent County, MI, discussed PFAS contamination of wells in northern Kent County and the local health department response efforts to understand and mitigate resident exposure. The health department documented more than 700 sites in the county that were contaminated, with levels of PFAS from less than 70 ppt to a high of 96,000 ppt.

DuPont technology honored
DuPont Water Solutions was awarded the 2019 International Desalination Association (IDA) Award for Best Disruptive Technology in recognition of its efforts to meet water demand in Egypt. DuPont’s innovative, modular design of a new ultrafiltration plant constructed in Suez, Egypt in partnership with Integrated Environmental Technology and Oil Services Company S.A.E (IETOS) was showcased.

Water dispenser growth reported
The US water-dispenser market has grown by an annual average of 4.4 percent to reach almost eight million units by the end of 2018, according to US Water Dispenser Report 2019 from Zenith Global. Home and office bottled water dispensers dominated the market at 75 percent of total numbers installed. Mains-fed units have advanced faster than the overall market, rising by an average 8.8 percent a year to nearly two million in December 2018. Integrated tap systems are also strengthening their profile: 87 percent are in commercial locations, mainly workplaces. Their presence in hotels, restaurants, catering and homes is also significant.

Europe
Aquatech Amsterdam success reported
Aquatech Amsterdam 2019 proved to be an exciting week. The all-new Innovation Forum kick-started the event with the tagline, Mastering Water’s Digital Transformation. With the ambition to help people ‘think differently about water,’ the forum, which included 250 delegates, speakers and moderators, was applauded for its non-conference style, focusing on two-way interaction. Four days of an energetic, informative and interactive exhibition then followed to ensure visitors from over 147 countries were kept informed, engaged and energized throughout the entire week. Highlights included the world champions drilling and tapping won by Team Waterbedrijf Groningen; drones demonstrating groundwater monitoring in the Drone Arena; eight country pavilions; 26 visiting country delegations (including six ambassadors), specialty pavilions and much more.

drinktec name changed
Messe München GmbH announced that drinktec worldwide has changed to bev & food tec network powered by drinktec. The new name reflects the evolution of the trade-fair network. Since 2007, the network around drinktec has grown steadily to now include events at 10 locations.

Middle East
Desalination technology field tests in Palestine
A new low-energy desalination technology, developed at Aston University and the University of Birmingham and patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, will soon begin field tests in Palestine, where it is expected to help mitigate the effects of water shortages and improve the efficiency of crop production. The technology uses a solar-powered desalination system, made of a novel combination of existing, off-the-shelf products, which can be deployed easily and relatively cheaply in locations that are off-grid. The field-testing project and the technology are described in a paper published in the November issue of Desalination and Water Treatment.

Africa
Solar-powered borehole inaugurated
In October, the Poul Due Jensen Foundation inaugurated Borehole 2 in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp. With the last of three boreholes in use, the foundation’s safe water projects provide drinking water for almost 150,000 refugees in western Tanzania. The foundation also celebrated having reached over 50,000 Tanzanians in poor rural communities outside the camp. In 2016, the foundation and the American NGO Water Mission partnered to show the international community that it is possible to provide safe drinking water for large refugee camps with solar pumping solutions.

Asia
De Nora technology highlighted
To address increasingly complex water treatment issues and standards in Asia, De Nora highlighted its groundbreaking hybrid system of CECHLO® and Capital Controls® at this year’s International Water Association conference. The system aims to ensure an entirely safe process of chlorine management from beginning to end. Water treatment has become an indispensable part of the water supply process, with chlorine being the most common disinfectant. Safety around the transportation and management of chlorine gas, however, is a growing concern, particularly in populated areas.

Viewpoint: Celebrate the season!

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s important to remember that celebrations are an important part of our success. It’s often said that nobody learns from success because they believe everything is alright and no changes are necessary. Failures, however, often result in unintended catalysts for success and that is always worth celebrating.
In this issue, we focus on water treatment that is not quite a mainstay of our niche market but as we move more toward reclamation and reuse, it’s important to focus on water resources we’ve overlooked. Desalination has been a boon to several areas, especially arid desert regions, but it’s extending into many areas previously thought to be drought-proof. The International Desalination Association is at the forefront of helping its members find better ways to manage water resources by using desalination. Creating new sources has been ongoing for years, as the association notes in its annual industry update. More countries are exploring the possibility of augmenting traditional water sources through desalination and reclamation, and more will follow as our most precious resource dwindles.
Wastewater treatment facilities have long been at the end of the supply chain but modern thought is bringing change to that market segment as well. Reclamation, energy recovery, materials recovery and more are quickly becoming part and parcel of the final water treatment process, as noted by David Cohen of ATS Innova. He explores how more can be done to conserve both supply and materials through advanced processes.
Time and again, our authors have made note of having a solid contract in place before doing any installation of water treatment systems. Some write their own, while others have a legal beagle do it for them. The specifics of water treatment notwithstanding, it’s important to get it right. Don Cleveland of Water Color Management offers a sample contract that is far-reaching and comprehensive. It may save companies time, money and headaches to have something upon which to pattern their business contracts.
The Pacific Water Quality Association did it up big for their annual convention and trade show this year and yours truly was on hand to capture those wonderful moments for posterity. As many look to retirement (with some wanting to ‘pass the torch’), the next generation needs to get their feet wet while they are young and are more eager to learn the ropes. Our recap highlights many of the association’s family business leaders and possible successors, keeping it all in the family.
For some time, the Environmental Working Group has provided a treasure trove of data on water quality. But is that data in line with required reporting? Is it used properly or is there an agenda? Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds gives us something to think about when the subject of water-contamination reporting arises.
We will soon say goodbye to 2019 and look back at another successful year. For 60 years we’ve been by your side and we will kick off 2020 with the hope we’ll be by your successors’ sides for the next 60. Until we meet again, celebrate with gusto and get ready to make new memories and industry history. We’ll be there, too, kicking up our heels in celebration and preparing for another busy year. Salud!

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