By Carlos David Mogollón, WC&P Executive Editor
For the last five years, WC&P has relied upon the expertise and professionalism of a group of a dozen longstanding members of the point-of-use/point-of-entry water treatment industry to guide the magazine through the turbulent tides of a market in transition.
From frenzied mergers and acquisitions and dealership buyouts to new competition via big box retailers, pour-through convenience filters and utilities, to a series of tougher water quality regulations, to the emergence of the Internet as a marketing tool that could in many ways transform the way business is done—it’s been a wild ride.
And it isn’t over yet.
Our Technical Review Committee has helped us keep up with all of the changes and enabled us to put it all into the proper perspective for the residential drinking water improvement dealer to guarantee that the impact on their livelihood is a positive one.
The committee’s background includes disciplines in ion exchange; reverse osmosis; ozonation; ultraviolet irradiation; spiral wound, composite, carbon and media filtration; distillation; aeration; bottled water, coolers, water vending and water stores; waterborne pathogens; commercial/light industrial; small systems and water well technology.
The inaugural committee was first formed in 1996 and this will be its fifth full year of operation. While membership on the committee is honorary, it’s anything but idle. Members review technical articles, help recruit authors and write as well. They answer many of the questions posed to the magazine via our “Ask the Expert” column. And they take part in the annual WC&P Water Quality Roundtable at the Water Quality Association Convention & Exhibition.
We would like to thank the following people who’ve agreed to serve on the committee, as well as those who have throughout the past year served as informal sources of technical information, such as C.F. “Chubb” Michaud, Mike Gottlieb, Kathy Ransome, Phil Olsen, Joe Harrison, Tom Sorg and Bruce Macler.
Without further ado, we introduce you to the 2001 WC&P Technical Review Committee.
Peter S. Cartwright, P.E., CWS-VI
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 (CWS), Level 6 from the Water Quality Association (WQA). And for several years, he has served on the WQA Purification-Disinfection Committee, Reverse Osmosis Task Force and Ozone Task Force. He is chairman of the last as well as of the Education Committee of WQA’s Commercial & Industrial Section. And he has been on various committees of the World Assembly Division, currently serving as chair of the Education, Ethics and Legal Committee as well as the Executive Committee.
William E. Hall Sr., CWS-VI
Hall served as sales manager and later international sales manager at a large international water treatment company, Alamo Water Refiners of San Antonio, retiring in 1995 to form Amigo.
He holds the WQA’s highest possible professional designation, CWS Level 6, as well as the highest certification in water treatment from the state of Texas (Class III) through the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC). He is approved to teach the certification course for residential water treatment operators for the TNRCC.
Hall is author of many technical articles for various trade journals, including WC&P and H2O Magazine. His technical expertise includes filtration, disinfection, ion exchange and reverse osmosis. He currently serves on several WQA technical committees and was honored in 1996 with its Award of Merit for his many years of support of the industry.
He is the current Texas representative on the WQA Board of Regents, having served five terms as regent and currently serving as board vice chairman. He also has served the Texas WQA in many capacities, including two terms as president.
Hall holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He was born in México and lived there for several years. He is fluent in Spanish and translated the TNRCC residential water treatment operator curriculum into Spanish. In addition, he translated the WQA Glossary of Terms into Spanish and is assisting with translation of other training materials for the association.
Serving his first year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee, Hall is called upon frequently to present technical seminars on various water treatment technologies. He also is available as a consultant or expert witness in legal situations pertaining to water, its characteristics and properties.
Before that, he managed ultrapure water projects for Analytical Services Inc. of Williston, Vt., and—in Minnesota—held positions in environmental water quality with Kennecott Minerals Co., the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and AMAX Environmental Services.
He’s a graduate of Macalester College of St. Paul, Minn., earning his bachelor’s degree in geology in 1976, and is also a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and WQA. His professional development includes a course on statistical techniques at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. His experience in water treatment fields is varied, covering filtration, reverse osmosis, ozone, UV and demineralization for the residential, semiconductor and mining industries.
Hargy has worked with UV systems for more than 10 years. While at CEC, he has performed validation testing of UV light technologies using NSF/USEPA Equipment Testing Verification guidelines and developed protozoan dose response curves for disinfection by UV and other disinfectants. He has written extensively on the subject, especially on research he has done that has helped define UV’s effectiveness for inactivating Cryptosporidium, and made numerous presentations at conferences and seminars on UV and other subjects involving detection and disinfection of waterborne pathogens. He is on a panel rewriting California’s UV guidelines to cover drinking water as well as wastewater applications.
This is Hargy’s second year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee.
Lawrence R. Henke
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. He has concentrated on biological problems associated with domestic water—biofilms, Cryptosporidium and Giardia removal—and disinfection technologies, focusing more recently on NSF/USEPA Environmental Testing Verification guideline validation.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Henke is a member of the AWWA and the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).
Henry R. Hidell III
Active in the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), Hidell is a past member of its Government Relations and currently serves on the International Council. He has written numerous articles on the bottled water industry for various publications, including WC&P. His experience covers 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 in Brussels, 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—but did not serve on the committee in 1998-1999.
James A. Hunt
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 residential water treatment dealerships. In addition, he’s an inventor and designer, having contributed to the design and application of dozens of products.
He’s a member of the AWWA, WQA and Eastern WQA. An avid sailor, he lives in Marblehead, Mass., north of Boston.
He got into construction at an early age and started his own business at 22, Arrow Design & Development, doing residential contracting work in Alaska and Washington. Among the jobs he worked on were building line camps along the Alaskan oil pipeline near Prudhoe Bay, which lies north along the Arctic Sea, in 1969-70: “I can hold the interest of a crowd for a little while with those stories.”
Some time later, a good friend from Alaska had gotten into the water treatment business in Oregon and convinced Metcalf to try his hand at it. In 1986, he started a second company Clean Water Systems Northwest and hired a couple of people. In late 1989, they started building their own equipment under Pacific Rim Water Products, assembling ion exchange and filtration systems. Clean Water was merged into Pacific Rim at that time, but the name was kept as a “dba”—doing business as. With growth of the water business, he retired the construction company in 1990: “My two sons were going to continue it, but decided they didn’t want to if I didn’t.” He joined the Water Quality Association in 1991.
At the time, Pacific Rim employed eight people. Today, it employs 16, including son Jeff and daughter Kristin, who’s general manager. The company is still an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) assembler, doing ozone, RO, desalination and brackish water treatment systems, and municipal filtration. In such municipal jobs, it typically works with communities with up to 400 users on a system. It also does about 500 new residential units a year.
Metcalf serves on the WQA Membership Marketing, Ethics and Educational Services Committees, heads the Board of Regents as chairman, is a member of the Manufacturer/Supplier Section and is among the charter founders of the Water Quality Society.
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 makeup demineralizers, polishers and softeners to process design and hardware operation.
In almost 30 years of working in ion exchange, Meyers has authored numerous papers, presented a number of seminars and holds several patents related to water treatment. He earned his associate’s degree from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Meyers’ joined the WC&P Technical Review Committee in 2000.
Henry G. Nowicki, Ph.D.
Nowicki has 37 years of varied experience as an environmental scientist, with the last 27 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, R&D, 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 (IACC), which is in its ninth year. A book edited by Nowicki on activated carbon will be available in 2001.
Nowicki provides short courses on activated carbon adsorption, 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, IACC and American Chemical Society.
This is Nowicki’s second year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee.
Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D.
Reynolds has more than 10 years experience in applied methods of environmental microbiology with specialized knowledge in use of cultural, molecular and combined techniques for 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 of sciences in public health degree from the University of South Florida. She’s a member of the American Society for Microbiology, International Water Association (IWA) and AWWA. She also has been published extensively on waterborne pathogens and water treatment issues.
William S. Siegmund, CWS-V
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 softener and iron filter equipment and sold a minority share of his dealership to a local bottling company, Arbor Springs. 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 RO Task Force since its inception in 1983 as the Drinking Water Committee. He served on the NSF/WQA committees that developed Standards 58 and 68, and currently sits on the WQA Distillation, Ozone and Plumbing Code Task Forces. He also holds WQA’s designation as a CWS, Level 5. He also is an AWWA member. In addition, he earned bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University and Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson College.
She had been working for several months before that as a consultant to the industry while she looked after her parents in Columbus, Wis.
From March 1997 to June 1999, she served in Ann Arbor, Mich., as operations manager of NSF’s Drinking Water Treatment Unit (DWTU) Program, overseeing day-to-day product certification operations, streamlining procedures and advising on standard revisions.
Prior to that, Trapp was with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in various capacities for 12 years: almost two as program manager, nearly four as products research and support section chief and six years as an environmental engineer. In those positions, she often worked closely in review, performance testing and approval of drinking water treatment devices. She also gained expertise in sanitation and wastewater, small systems, wells and groundwater, and plumbing code issues, regulations and standards.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in chemical engineering. She has been a member of the NSF Joint Committee on Drinking Water Treatment Units, WQA Advertising Guidelines Committee and WQA Plumbing Code Task Force. She was honored with an Honorary Membership Award from the WQA in 1992 and received the Wisconsin WQA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
Trapp also made presentations at a number of conferences, seminars and workshops, and has written extensively—including several articles for WC&P. She was a co-founder of the magazine’s “Water Matters” column while with NSF. This is her first year on the WC&P Technical Review Committee.
Publicom Inc., the publisher of WC&P, would also like to recognize the contributions of outgoing members of its Technical Review Committee. Each has been a valuable addition to the professional commitment here at the magazine.
Paul K. Overbeck
Serving three years on the committee, Paul has been invaluable as a hard working reviewer of technical articles on a variety of topics but concentrating on ozone and UV technologies and regulatory issues. He contributed six articles in his tenure on the committee and plans to continue writing for us from time to time.
Alan P. Sayler, CWS-V, CI
An independent dealer in St. Petersburg, Fla., Alan spent two years on the committee and contributed three articles to WC&P. His strengths have been in plumbing code issues and dealership management. We’ve enjoyed his down-to-earth, straightforward style.
Previously a member of the more informal WC&P Advisory Committee (1989-90), Stan served two years on the WC&P Technical Review Committee as well. With a water treatment career spanning more than 40 years (30-plus with Sybron Chemicals), he’s an encyclopedia unto himself—with particular strengths in ion exchange.