By Carlos David Mogollón, WC&P Executive Editor

There are awards we may receive from an organization that we belong to, recognition from our peers for serving our career well and plaques, certificates and titles that may be conferred upon us that require little more than our presence once bestowed. Membership on the Technical Review Committee of Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine is not one of those.

“Serving on WC&P’s Technical Review Committee is more than an honor—it’s a job as an active participant in molding the editorial tenor of the magazine,” said Sharon Peterson, president of Publicom Inc., publishers of WC&P Magazine. “We truly appreciate they’re volunteering for this effort.”

“Members of the committee help to focus our editorial coverage to make sure it’s relevant and valuable to our readers as they progress in their careers and express other interests in water treatment,” said WC&P Publisher Kurt Peterson. “We rely on them to make sure the information presented in the magazine is accurate, complete and as fairly presented as possible.”

It’s a big job and, oftentimes, not one for the meek—as there are many challenging issues that come up from time to time.

This is the fourth year for the 12-member panel, which was preceded by a more informal Technical Advisory Committee prior to 1996. Committee members contribute their time and expertise in various disciplines of water treatment—ion exchange, reverse osmosis, ozonation, ultraviolet irradiation, carbon, cartridge and media filtration, bottled water, waterborne pathogens, small systems and water well technology—as they review articles, help recruit authors and write themselves on these and other issues that shape the industry and its future. They also answer many of the questions posed to the magazine via our “Ask the Expert” column.

With evolution of the Internet, e-commerce, industry consolidation, utility deregulation and privatization, and rules and regulations affecting residential water treatment, the bottled water industry, small municipal systems and commercial/light industrial water treatment requirements, we feel it’s an exciting year ahead. We welcome you to the year 2000 and the advent of a new century and a new millennium with this our Fourth Annual WC&P Technical Review Committee:

Peter Cartwright, P.E., CWS-VI
Peter Cartwright, founder of Cartwright Consulting Company of Minneapolis, Minn., and partner in Cartwright, Olsen & Associates, has been actively involved in the water treatment field since 1974. He specializes in technical consulting services addressing specific water purification, wastewater treatment, pollution control problems, guidance for the marketing of these technologies, testing and engineering design activities for total treatment systems, as well as complete environmental assessment activities. He has extensive experience in membrane separations, adsorption, oxidation and disinfection technologies and provides training and education in all aspects of water and wastewater treatment.

Cartwright has been a member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee since its inception in 1996. He has authored more than 100 papers, book chapters and articles on the above subjects—many for WC&P. He’s a registered professional engineer in several states and holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He also has earned designation as a Certified Water Specialist, Level VI, from the Water Quality Association (WQA). And, for several years, has served on the WQA Reverse Osmosis Task Force, Purification-Disinfection Task Force and Ozone Task Force (the last of which he’s currently chairman). He’s also currently chairman of the WQA World Assembly Division’s Education, Ethics and Legal Committee.

Lawrence “Larry” Henke
Another founding member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee, Larry Henke has more than 20 years of experience in the water treatment industry. He’s the senior technical director at Robert B. Hill Co., St. Louis Park, Minn., near Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Henke specializes in the design, treatment and maintenance of small systems, including both well and surface water sources. He also has extensive experience in oxidation processes such as ozone, ultraviolet and advanced oxidation technologies; gravity, pressure and slow sand filtration, and removal of iron and manganese from groundwater. More recently, he has concentrated on biological problems associated with domestic water—biofilms, Cryptosporidium and Giardia removal—and disinfection technologies.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Henke is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

Henry R. “Bob” Hidell III
Bob Hidell is president of Hidell-Eyster International Inc., a 30-year-old globally recognized consultant firm in applied water and beverage technologies. His firm is based in Hingham, Mass., outside of Boston.

A past member of the Government Relations Committee and currently serving on the International Council of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Hidell has written numerous articles on the bottled water industry. He has extensive experience in bottled water plant design, management operations, the regulatory environment and international economic market research and development. He serves as the U.S. Administrator of the Association Internationale de la Distribution, Bruxelles, Belgium. And he’s a member of the International Society of Beverage Technologists.

Hidell holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from West Chester State College in West Chester, Pa., as well as a master’s degree in land use planning and economic development from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Like Cartwright and Henke, he was a founding member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee and also served in 1997.

Jim Hunt
Jim Hunt joined the WC&P Technical Review Committee in 1998. He has more than 25 years of experience representing technical products to dealers and contractors. In addition, he has more than a dozen years of experience in the water conditioning industry. He’s regional manager for DWC, a division of the Duff Company (Norristown, Pa.) and a provider of products for quality water. He’s based in Marblehead, Mass., north of Boston.

Hunt has written for numerous publications and has been a speaker at WQA conventions, Eastern WQA meetings and AWWA workshops. He also has conducted more than 60 daylong seminars for nearly 1,200 dealers.

In addition to his writing and speaking experience, he’s an inventor and designer, having contributed to the design and application of dozens of products. He’s a member of the WQA, Eastern WQA and AWWA.

Robert “Bob” LaFrenz, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Robert LaFrenz is president and chief executive officer of Innovatech Inc. of El Cajon, Calif. The company applies new and innovative technologies such as ultraviolet irradiation to environmental problems, including water treatment and air sterilization. LaFrenz is at present directly managing development of high intensity pulsed UV light for such purposes.

His previous experience includes being: executive vice president and deputy general manager of Maxwell Laboratories/S-Cubed Division, a San Diego high technology development company; colonel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; director of a Corps of Engineers laboratory, co-located with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco, that was responsible for nuclear explosive (PLOWSHARE) research, design, and testing for a Sea-Level Panama Canal; and a tenured physics professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

He earned both his doctorate in environmental and nuclear engineering and master’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from Long Island University’s C.W. Post Campus and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from the U.S. Military Academy.

His master’s and doctoral theses were both experimental research efforts relating to application of diatomaceous earth to filtration of municipal water supplies. He has authored over 20 nationally published articles and is a Registered Professional Engineer in civil, sanitary and nuclear engineering.

LaFrenz is also a founding member of the International UV Association. This is his first year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee.

Peter Meyers
Peter Meyers is technical manager for ResinTech Inc. of Cherry Hill, N.J. His responsibilities include providing technical assistance to customers, managing laboratory operations, and overseeing process and production applications.

Prior to joining ResinTech, Meyers was the technical manager for L*A Water Treatment in Los Angeles. During his 20 years with L*A Water Treatment, his duties included design of ion exchange systems, analysis of resin and water samples, and technical support. His experience ranges from many types of make-up demineralizers, polishers and softeners, to process design and hardware operation.

In almost 30 years of working in ion exchange, Meyers has been exposed to many of the problems that occur in the multi-faceted business known as “water treatment.” He has authored numerous papers about ion exchange, made a number of seminar presentations at various conferences and holds several patents related to water treatment. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Henry G. Nowicki, Ph.D.
Dr. Henry Nowicki has been president of PACS Inc, a Pittsburgh, Pa., firm, the last 16 years. He has a doctorate in organic chemistry and biochemistry from Missouri’s St. Louis University, where he used the first commercial mass spectrometer as a graduate student and has applied this technique to this date. He’s also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.

Nowicki has 36 years of varied experience as an environmental scientist with the last 26 as an activated carbon specialist. He has published over 100 papers and holds three patents. PACS services include major organic and inorganic laboratory testing, ASTM activated carbon testing, feasibility studies, research and development, predictive adsorption software, instrumentation such as the AC Tester, and consulting. PACS provides 57 short courses and seven annual conferences, including the International Activated Carbon Conference which is in its eighth year.

Nowicki provides short courses on mass spectral interpretation, gas chromatography, quality assurance of chemical measurement, laboratory safety and toxicology. He has also provided related expert witness services for 25 years. Associations for which he has held seminars on activated carbon include the WQA. This is his first year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee.

Paul Overbeck
Like Hunt, this will be Paul Overbeck’s third year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee, having joined in 1998. He’s president of GDT Water Process Corp., a Phoenix firm dedicated to putting gases such as ozone to work efficiently in water and wastewater treatment.

Prior to founding GDT in 1996, Overbeck was chief operating officer for Osmonics Inc.-Phoenix Operation, where he was responsible for the OREC™ Ozone, Lakewood Instruments and Inorganic Membrane businesses. In addition, he has held positions with Culligan International, Polymetrics and Millipore Corp.

Overbeck is a member of several trade associations. He’s chairman of the International Ozone Association’s (IOA) Small Systems Committee, past-chairman of the WQA Ozone Task Force and a member of the WQA Small Systems Committee. He represents the IOA in the USEPA’s Regulatory Negotiation (Reg-Neg) process. He has also served on the IBWA Technical Committee. He’s an active member of the AWWA, Water Environment Federation (WEF), International Society of Beverage Technologies (ISBT), American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA), Arizona Environmental Technology Industry Cluster (ETIC) and the International Association of Water Quality (IAWQ).

Overbeck is a published author and has presented technical papers and seminars at WQA, AWWA, IOA and ISBT. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

Kelly A. Reynolds, Ph.D.
A member since 1997, this will be Dr. Kelly Reynolds fourth year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee. She is author of the magazine’s “On Tap” column, which was launched in July 1997, and is a research scientist in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her research focuses on the development of rapid methods for detecting human pathogenic viruses in drinking water.

Reynolds has more than 10 years experience in applied methods of environmental microbiology with specialized knowledge in the use of cultural, molecular and combined techniques for the detection of bacterial, viral, helminth and protozoan organisms in a variety of environments.

She received a doctorate in 1995 from the University of Arizona in environmental science. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida. She’s a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the IAWQ and the AWWA. She also has been published extensively on waterborne pathogens and water treatment issues.

Alan Sayler, CWS-V, CI
Alan Sayler has been president of Sayler WaterCare Service of St. Petersburg, Fla., since 1977. Sayler WaterCare provides residential, commercial and industrial products and services for water treatment needs of customers in the Tampa Bay area.

Sayler graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He worked previously for Florida Power Corp. (1975-77).

He’s also a past president of the Florida WQA, past chairman of the WQA Plumbing Code Task Force and a former member of the WQA Board of Governors. He serves on the WQA Board of Directors and has earned the association’s Certified Water Specialist, Level V, and Certified Installer designations.

This is Sayler’s second year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee, having joined it in 1999 along with Ziarkowski, who follows.

William S. “Bill” Siegmund, CWS-V
Bill Siegmund is founder and president of Pure Water Works Inc., an independent dealership with operations in Traverse City and Gaylord, Mich., in the northwestern area of the state’s lower peninsula.

Siegmund started selling distillation units in central Michigan in 1980 and built his first store in Traverse City in 1984. He opened his second dealership in Gaylord five years later. In 1990, he began selling Hague water softeners and iron filters equipment and sold a minority share of his dealership to a local bottling company, Arbor Springs Bottled Water. He manufactures his own commercial water treatment systems using Fleck, Hydrotech and Oasis components and sells large RO systems by Watersolve International. He oversees 10 employees at his dealership, which includes a state-certified, NSF-inspected laboratory and IBWA-inspected bottled water operations.

Siegmund has served on the WQA Reverse Osmosis Task Force—then known as the Drinking Water Committee—since its inception in 1983. He served on the NSF/WQA committees that developed Standard 58 and 68, and currently sits on the WQA Distillation, Ozone and Plumbing Code Task Forces also. He holds WQA’s designation as a Certified Water Specialist, Level V. In addition, he earned bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University and Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson College, and is an AWWA member.

Like LaFrenz, Meyers and Nowicki, this is his first year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee.

Stan Ziarkowski
Stan Ziarkowski is vice president of domestic ion exchange for Sybron Chemicals Inc. in Birmingham, N.J. He was a member of the first WC&P Advisory Committee (1989-90). This is his second year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee.

Ziarkowski’s entire professional life—more than 40 years—has been committed to the water treatment industry. His early years were in the industrial water treatment field, working for Calgon Corp. in its technical consulting group. For the past 32 years, he has been associated with Sybron Chemicals, previously known as Ionac Chemical Division of Sybron Corp. His job responsibilities have ranged from technical service and application research manager to sales and marketing of ion exchange resins to the residential market.

Ziarkowski is a member of the WQA and has served on the board of directors, as well as the Education Committee, Member Services Committee, Membership Marketing Committee, Reverse Osmosis Task Force and Ion Exchange Task Force. He’s also on the board of directors for the Eastern WQA and is a former president of that organization. And he’s an active member of the AWWA.

The author of numerous technical papers and a frequent seminar presenter across the country on water treatment methods and ion exchange technology, Ziarkowski received the WQA’s 1993 Award of Merit and the 1997 Regents Award. He graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in commercial chemistry.


Comments are closed.