Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

August…hot days and muggy nights. As we move into what is usually the hottest part of the summer throughout most of the US, the trend toward outdoor pursuits wanes with the temperatures and staying hydrated during the summer is the single most effective means of maintaining good health. Whether you engage in camping, hiking, traveling and other endeavors, for many it means taking along an extra jug of purified water, grabbing a single-serve bottle at a gas stop or foregoing a cocktail on that long flight for a bottle of cool, clean water.

And then there is the summer standby, swimming. Where’s the pool when you need to cool down? Ah, the water beckons like an old friend waiting to hear your latest exploits. And yet, there is a note of caution to be heard. How safe is it? When the local water park or pool catches one’s interest, there is an expectation that the water will be adequately treated. Whether chlorine or ozone (or any other treatment method) is employed to keep bathers safe, it is not generally known by the average pool user, unless they can smell the chlorine. It’s another of the expected results: that water industry professionals are keeping people safe, in the pool or water park, on the trail and in the home.

This month, ClearWater Tech’s Marc DeBrum examines the use of ozone to maintain safe water for airline travel. How many people think of the water used aboard an aircraft? Ratul Saha, PhD, Richard Martin and Robert Donofrio, PhD of NSF follow up with ozone disinfection methodologies for microorganisms and how effective the treatments can be, now and in the future. Dr. Ralph Morris gives insight to the contemporary battle between our electronic world and good old summer activities, while Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds takes a close look at new microbiological outbreaks and what water treatment professionals can do to take the bite out of these continually emerging health threats.

Soon enough, summer will fade into fall, children will return to school, conference season will wind down and we will turn our thoughts to what’s next in water treatment. Are you prepared for what’s on the horizon and are you paying attention to the novel technologies that are coming your way? I hope so because the more we know, the better we are at what we do. Water and water treatment are not simple; the best practices to provide safe, clean water for all human activities depend on those who are willing to step out front, create new models and methods, and never stop trying to make their products the best for everyone. It’s what we do, right?

 

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