By Karen R. Smith

I find myself surprised that 2005 will end just a few short weeks from now. Where did the time go? It’s been a whirlwind of a year both in the water treatment industry and for the world at large.

There is no better way to wrap up these past 12 months than by heading down to Georgia for the National Ground Water Association’s conference and trade show. Our remarkable cover image this month comes courtesy of that organization. As water—and the lack thereof—changes the geopolitical and scientific paradigms, the lines between different parts of the spectrum blur and overlap. Well water, groundwater, reclaimed and recycled water, municipal and private water are all in flux.

December 13-16 at the NGWA show, there will be more than 50 workshops, interest group sessions and hands-on demonstrations which are all designed to provide real answers to the issues facing today’s groundwater industry. In addition, there will be myriad networking opportunities and a chance to view the latest in technology from more than 230 manufacturers in the exhibit hall. You can register online at and use a convenient itinerary planner on the website to ensure you don’t miss a single thing.

Scheduled educational sessions include well servicing and maintenance; water quality and treatment (this workshop covers chlorine treatment of well water and also discusses the chemistry of oxidation and treatment of iron, iron bacteria, hydrogen sulfide and other water problems); common contaminants and basic water treatment options and—important to all!—how the 2006 Arsenic MCL will impact the well water industry.

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I want to wish every subscriber and advertiser a joyous holiday season. In particular, my personal thanks go to those who made the entire WC&P staff welcome at the industry events and shows that we were able to attend across the U.S. and around the globe throughout 2005 and to those who volunteer their time and expertise to our Technical Review Committee each and every month.

All of us at WC&P wish you and your loved ones peace and prosperity in the coming year.



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