Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Surface disinfection

Friday, May 15th, 2020

AquiSense Technologies introduces the PearlSurface 24G9 UV-C LED surface-disinfection product, featuring simple operation, an integrated timer, low-voltage power supply and compact footprint. For point-of-use settings such as factories and for personal protective equipment disinfection, this product offers advanced benefits specific to LEDs, including mercury-free lamps, instant-on operation and low cost of ownership, while providing high-power density, homogeneous disinfection of target objects. The company will be offering this product under the current US FDA enforcement relief, to deal with immediate COVID-19 emergency use and will simultaneously submit a pre-market approval application.

LED showerheads

Friday, May 15th, 2020

QMP’s 540 and LED Supreme showerheads filter and remove 90 percent or more of chlorine for a better all-around shower experience. Regular use results in healthier skin and more manageable hair with reduced fading and discoloration. The showerheads remove heavy metals and many other toxins; contain the industry’s best media, including KDF-55, tourmaline and quartz crystals; feature crystalline quartz for an energy enhanced feel and better soap lathering; work with hand-held shower kits; install in minutes (no special tools or professional help required) and have easy-to-replace filter cartridges that will last four to five months.

Metering pump

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Blue-White’s® NEW FLEXFLO® A1F peristaltic metering pump will not lose prime, overheat in warm climates and does not require continuous maintenance. The A1F is ideal for use when metering off-gasing chemicals, such as sodium hypochlorite and peracetic acid. It maintains smooth chemical feed and will never loose prime. There are no check valves that could clog. The 1,000:1 turn-down ratio allows the user to standardize on one pump for all chemical feed applications. The large turn-down ratio capability is due to the energy-efficient, brushless DC motor. The motor runs cool and reduces power usage for a high-energy efficiency rating. Other features include: feed rates to 5.60 GPH (21.19 LPH), pressures to 100 PSI (6.89 bar), sealed weather-proof enclosure, patented Tube Failure Detection, wall- and shelf-mount brackets, heavy-duty, weather-proof display shield, self-adjusting power supply and a three-year warranty.



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.

Viewpoint: Strange and desperate times

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

Unfortunately, we’ve been here before, but without the fear of dying. As COVID-19 has ravaged large cities and nursing homes, we have been reminded that life is too precious to take for granted. Adding financial burdens caused by limiting or closing businesses has been a vicious assault on an economy that has only recently seen pay and job growth. The pandemic has brought us back to recession levels; we can only hope that it doesn’t take as long as the Great Recession to make a recovery, for main street as well as Wall Street.
Anything related to water treatment is essential because clean, safe water is a public health issue. While you may have had to adapt the way you do business to current trends and the pandemic, there’s no reason to give up on being the first line of defense for consumers who are concerned about their most precious resource. We serve the public in so many ways…it’s not just about sales or the bottom line. The water quality and improvement industries may well be what stands between life and disaster.
There are a great many types of water treatment and this month we take a closer look at UV technologies. James Peterson of Crystal IS presents a question-and-answer article to clarify certain benefits and concerns surrounding the use of UV treatment. That same technology is being adapted for many other industries as part of disinfection treatment trains, such as in hospitals and other medical facilities. It’s becoming a go-to technology for what we need most to survive: air and water.
In many states, water treatment specialists must engage the services of certified plumbers to install equipment. Whether that is a requirement in your state or not, it’s important to know what the Uniform Plumbing Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code may require. Thomas Palkon, IAPMO Group, reviews the latest changes and updates to those codes. If you deal with anything plumbing-related, you should pay attention.
Getting your message across to clients and prospective customers has never been more important than right now. There’s a way to do it effectively, without causing any additional fear or panic, which seems to be ruling the day. WQA’s Communication Director, Wes Bleed, offers some tips on the best ways to communicate in a crisis situation.
Our Public Health Editor, Kelly Reynolds, PhD, MSPH, is on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle as a noted microbiologist and researcher. As such, her time is entirely devoted to the pandemic and we will not be running the On Tap column this month. We hope the pandemic curve is flattened so we can try to return to business as usual, as quickly as possible.
Most events, whether near or far, have been postponed or cancelled for the next couple of months. We’re tracking that closely to keep you updated. Many associations and organizations are moving their events to an online format to provide members with the latest and greatest information, not just the conference experience. This is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of those offerings!
We hope that next month we will have more positive news and articles, just as we hope you will continue to think of your fellow man by observing safe and sane practices. The old adage, it takes a village, could certainly be the answer to staying in business, productive, successful and healthy. Until we have the chance to see you face-to-face again, keep tuning in to the magazine, the digital magazine, the newsletter and our website. We’ve got you covered.

Solar-powered treatment system

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Puronics Water Systems, Inc. introduces its line of residential solar-powered systems. The new power option allows homeowners to choose a greener method for water treatment and not worry about power outages. The solar-powered feature is available on any unit using an iGen® control valve, including Bacteriostatic and Chlorostatic® water softener and filter systems. The solar power is stored in a rechargeable and replaceable battery pack, and the solar panel can be mounted up to 18 feet (5.4 meters) from the unit.
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Swingbolt vessels

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Delta Pure Filtration’s SBV Series multi-round swingbolt vessels are economical solutions for industrial liquid filtration applications. All vessels come with welded support/mounting legs. Heavy-duty, self-centering swingbolts with single O-ring seals provide secure cartridge access. Sizes are available that hold from four to 102 cartridges in standard 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-inch (25.4-, 50.8-, 76.2- and 101.6-cm) lengths. Flow capacities are determined by type of cartridge utilized and process conditions. Vessels are designed and fabricated in accordance with ASME vessel code (U or UM Stamp). With all 304 or 316 stainless steel construction and various O-ring materials available, the SBV Series vessels are compatible with a wide range of fluids. The type of cartridges that can be used include: wound, melt blown, pleated, carbon, resin-bonded, stainless steel and others. In addition, universal mounting allows for installation of DOE, 222/Fin and 222/Cap cartridge configurations. Pressure gauges and transmitters are available with other accessories. Duplex and packaged systems are also available.

Solenoid valves

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Emerson introduces expanded options available on its ASCO lead-free, brass solenoid valve line to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and contractors to comply with US Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Section 1417. Series 210 model will now be available with both normally open and normally closed constructions. An optional Next Generation electronically enhanced coil will offer customers lower power consumption and voltage-ranging options for both AC and DC constructions. It also boosts the pressure ratings on DC constructions to match AC pressure ratings. In addition, 1.25-, 1.5- and 2-inch (31.7-, 38.1- and 50.8-mm) pipe sizes have been added. The lead-free brass versions of the Series 262 and 263 models will be available with the Next Generation electronically enhanced solenoid coil.

Multi-diaphragm metering pump

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Blue-White Industries’ Chem-Pro® CD3 multi-diaphragm metering pump is designed as a solution for pumping gas-forming chemicals, such as peracetic acid and sodium hypochlorite. The CD3 Dual Diaphragm Hyperlink Drive technology pumps chemicals continuously, is self-priming and will not vapor-lock. The patented, ultra-durable diaphragm design will last the life of the pump, which makes it highly reliable and requires zero maintenance. The energy-efficient, brushless DC variable-speed motor helps achieve a large turn-down ratio for extreme accuracy. With a flow range of 0.05 to 53 gph (0.2 to 200 L/h), leak detection, simple installation and setup, and fittings for multiple configuration included, this pump is just what is needed to precisely inject chemicals into a system. Units are CE, ETL and NEMA 4X. Blue-White is an ISO 9001:2015-compliant manufacturer.

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