All reports indicate that 2011 was a better year than 2010. That may be true in some cases, but overall, the expected upturn in the economy didn’t materialize. There is some hope on the horizon, with the news of fewer foreclosures and more sales in single-family homes in the hardest hit areas of Las Vegas and Reno, NV and Tucson, AZ. The cautionary mindset of most businesses and consumers, however, doesn’t appear to be changing. As we look forward to a hopefully better 2012, the possibilities for changing the way to do business abound. Diversity is key to many companies that able to endure and even move forward. Many industry veterans are finding success in maintaining a flexible model for increasing business prospects, and new products are being launched on a regular basis. This anticipates the sense of hope that underlies the cautionary stance that has been so obvious since 2009.
Groundwater and arsenic have been the theme of the December issue for several years and we have continued that again this year. The California Groundwater Association was very gracious in giving WC&P staff access to its annual convention held in Reno last month, which is highlighted in this issue. The convention was small but interesting and the atmosphere was upbeat. To round out our topical coverage, Matt Wirth has provided an article on the grim realities of arsenic and the treatment options. In addition, Tina Fischer of WQA has written on certification decisions that every manufacturer must face.
Conference season has wound down to a trickle and one of the last big events of the year was Aquatech Amsterdam, which took place in November. The conference offered a wide range of seminars, presentations and innovative products, and was held in conjunction with International Water Week. Read more about it in this issue.
As we approach the end of 2011 and begin preparing for the holidays, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Whether you are able to enjoy a white Christmas or bask in the milder temperatures of the more southerly climates, we hope you are blessed with good cheer, good company and special events that will provide many happy memories. Until we meet again next year, be safe, travel well and keep your optimism flowing.
Kurt C. Peterson