Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

Happy New Year, one and all! As we embark on another year of enthusiasm and positive trends, we hope you began the new year with as much energy and optimism. Just as spring will bring a sense of renewal, the new year seems to bring people to a fresh beginning and hopefully, with a cleaner slate.

Business and economics dictate that things have gotten much better and will continue to do so, with some exceptions. The slowdown in China affects all markets because of the heavy industrialization the country has engaged to become part of the global marketplace. The upside is the need for technologies and equipment designed to scrub the air and water that has been so polluted from this overwhelming pursuit. That’s good for many US companies, especially those who have manufacturing facilities in China, although they may experience slowdowns to address pollution issues.

Membrane separation and filtration, this month’s topics, cover a wide range of applications in nearly every aspect of production. Whether it’s goods, equipment, water treatment or medical usage, there’s a need for some type of filtration. Some involve highly technical and specialized aspects and those are becoming bigger niche markets, such as the medical needs communities.

Technologies once thought of as specific to only one market, such as industrial or municipal, are now being scaled down for much smaller applications, like commercial and residential use. Greg Reyneke, MWS, of Red Fox Advisors, provides an in-depth review of the different types of membrane separation and their uses. Alan Murphy, STW Resources Holding Corp., gives an overview of both separation and filtration and the prospects to be gained in the future. All major consultancy reports on membranes indicate there is nothing but growth for the next several years. Are you taking full advantage of these opportunities?

Guest author Marc Verhougstraete, PhD, pens the On Tap column this month with a look at how regional water issues actually impact those outside an affected region. He also gives examples of the worst man-made water disasters. Hopefully, some mitigation can be achieved to regain some of these lost precious resources and correct the devastation that has occurred as a result of these misguided projects.

Coming soon is the Water Quality Association 2016 Convention & Exposition in Nashville, TN, March 14-17. Registration is already open, just waiting for you to take advantage of early-bird savings. In addition, WQA is seeking new committee members. Please visit the WQA website to learn more. It takes an industry…


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