Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

With the onset of spring, a great many graduations will take place, sending a multitude of young people forward into careers or secondary education. For employers, the opportunity to pick the best and the brightest should not be missed! Many of those entering the work force with advanced degrees may well turn out to be the next generation of innovators in the water treatment industry. From the Stockholm Junior Prize Winner to AWWA’s Young Professionals to the curious kids doing experiments in their parents’ garages (or kitchens), there is a multitude of future geniuses who can make the impossible happen, with the right mentoring and guidance. The path to innovation is a collaborative journey full of youthful curiosity and mature intelligence.

May is UV month, a technology used primarily in larger, commercial and industrial applications. But that appears to be changing. As with filtration and other widely accepted water treatment strategies, adding UV to a treatment train is becoming more common, even in residential applications. Water cooler manufacturers also have been incorporating UV disinfection into their systems. Consumers realize the viability of UV to help keep their drinking water cleaner and will ultimately drive the market. And, as filtration is not just filtration anymore, UV is not just a one-trick pony either. A trio of authors from Trojan Technologies presents an overview of UVC-LED technology that focuses on the advancement of this disinfection method. Nothing is static in water treatment and that holds true for UV as well.

Technology advances by collaboration and one of the largest collaborations in the world is The Water Council, a fascinating conglomerate of academics, scientists and forward-thinking innovators, all in one building. David Swiderski of Aquor explains the mission of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s biggest contribution to achieving clean, safe water now and in the future. WQA’s annual convention, held in Orlando, Florida this year, was better than ever. From educational sessions to booth presentations, nothing was left out. To mark the occasion, we will have a two-part feature on everything WQA, beginning with a collage of images that captures the energy and upbeat atmosphere of the event. Also in this issue, C.F. ‘Chubb’ Michaud presents his final chapter on ion exchange, examining the aging factor involved in cross-linked resins. Dr. Kelly Reynolds gives a nod to technology in her report on how people searching for information on waterborne illness can be a tool to track outbreaks and other water-associated events.

Something for everyone is commonly mentioned about WQA conventions and we hope you’re saying the same thing about WC&P International. We strive to meet your information needs through the magazine, website and twice-monthly POU-POeNews. If there’s something you think needs more coverage, let us know and we’ll take a closer look. We’re here for you and this is just another collaborative effort to make our water safer for everyone.

 

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