Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

For most of the country, cooler temperatures are on the way, while some places may continue to endure drought conditions. These are prime conditions for water treatment specialists to monitor, as a whole range of issues can crop up. Lower water tables in many regions open the door to higher turbidity levels and arsenic concerns. If you haven’t considered these possibilities, now is the time to take a look at how you can be the ‘first responders’ of personal health and safety.

Each year we focus on the international markets and water issues during the fall. As many companies open their coffers to foundations and NGOs that specialize in developing countries, it’s notable that there are many other related issues that water treatment companies can undertake. Novel concepts are being reported every month that will help in the cause to bring safe water options and practices to the whole planet. In this issue, Josh Kearns of Aqueous Systems presents a research paper on biochar applications in Southeast Asia. This article examines the technologies and practices that can bring water filtration to a greater number of people at lower costs and higher rates of ecological sustainability. In keeping with the international theme, NSF’s Rick Andrew provides an overview of global requirements for POU/POE certification and a brief history of how protocols and standards were developed.

Also in this issue, D. Duane Dunk delves into the future (of sorts) of how to recognize and capitalize on emerging trends in POU technology. Patent filings provide a wealth of information, giving us an idea of who is most active in the development of new technology. It bears watching to see who is doing what. WQA Mid-Year is recapped in pictures in this issue, with a detailed overview from WQA staff. Looks like everyone had a pretty good time in Lexington!

Alternative health therapies have been around for years but they are not for everyone. Those who don’t read and understand basic warnings put themselves at great risk. Taking a friend’s word for something health-related, or believing something because it was on TV isn’t the best choice to make. Take the neti-pot craze, for example. Recently, two people died from a rare infection after using tap water for their regular sinus/nasal rinse process. US FDA strongly advises the use of distilled or purified water, as Public Health Editor Kelly Reynolds notes in On Tap, but the advice went unheeded. Who knew a common bacteria could kill so rapidly if it entered through the nose? These deaths could have been prevented and more could be avoided in the future. Something else to consider when you talk about the health benefits of purified water.




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