Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher
Now that everyone who attended WQA Aquatech has a better idea of what’s new in water treatment, it’s time to put to good use all of the information gained at the show. This industry is constantly evolving to meet changing conditions and demands; being out in front of the pack is ever more possible with well-informed business owners, managers and employees, which is why you always find WC&P International at the shows, making sure that we are on top of the latest news to keep our readers informed.
Several changes of note have occurred in the water treatment industry over the past few years, not the least of which is the transition of many smaller dealerships to servicing broader markets. The need for specialists, well trained and certified, isn’t limited to the residential market, of course. More emphasis on specialized systems in commercial environments is becoming the norm, as well as small public water systems (PWS), well- water treatment and others. For this reason, WC&P looks outside the conventional to find out what is relevant and at what level. WQA is doing the same thing, creating better education and training programs for wider audiences. This is one aspect of innovation that will be needed to stay at the forefront of the industry as it continues to evolve.
Expansion of one’s traditional customer base takes time and training. Don’t be left behind as the markets themselves shift and realign with other forces, including regulatory agencies. There’s a gold mine of opportunities waiting for the savvy dealers, manufacturers and specialists who are ready to shift back into high gear, albeit in a slightly different direction than before. Still, the tried and true approaches that have been working for years are not going away, nor is their importance diminished. In spite of so many changes to what has been known as water treatment, adaptation can take many forms, including shifting perspective rather than methodology, depending on the specifics of a given market.
To address some of the more visible vertical markets, we present articles more closely related to the significance of expansion and adaptation. Dr. Lee Wilson, University of Saskatchewan, delves into a discussion of coagulation and flocculant processes that may be necessary in PWS settings. Matthew Wirth and K.C. Willis of Pargreen present a paper on water conditioning pretreatment for steam boilers in commercial and industrial applications. Puritech’s Filip Rochette takes a closer look at high-performance demineralization and Dr. Kelly Reynolds discusses the emergence of a polio-like syndrome that is causing much concern. There is something for everyone