Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As we venture into the new year, with no small amount of trepidation, it’s time to look back over the disaster that was 2020, learn from it and rise like a phoenix from the ashes. While the world has suffered mightily during the pandemic and continues to be at risk of second- and third-wave infections of COVID-19, nothing can turn back the clock. Hindsight really is 2020, pardon the pun. What we do this year as people, employees and business owners must take into consideration the recent past if we are to find a path to success in these circumstances. Political upheaval, pandemic and more will rule the day for some time to come.

How do you carry on when you continue to be blindsided by something so completely out of your control? You pick up the broken pieces, remember how they got broken and find lots of strong, ethical glue to put life back together again. Normal should be removed from our lexicon…what we see as the ‘new’ normal doesn’t resemble anything we’ve seen in over a hundred years. The multitude of concerns now facing every business are addressed in this issue by WQA Communication Director Wesley Bleed.

As this is the issue for all things membrane- and filtration-related, we present an article from Mark Ligon of Commercial Filtration Supply that covers a range of mistakes to avoid in restaurant applications. For years we’ve been told that what is most important in commercial and industrial water treatment is based on the level of acceptable-failure risk. The answer to that equation is…zero. This is especially important in a restaurant setting, where the inspection criteria must be met 24/7. An inspector can visit at any time, without notice, find even the smallest problem and shut down the business. For water treatment specialists, this means an assessment for a restaurant or other food and beverage concern must start with a zero-failure premise.

Whether residential, commercial or industrial in nature, all water treatment can be subject to regulation. In many states, a water treatment specialist must have permits to install a simple plumbed-in system. Others require a certified plumber be the one to do that part of the job. Whatever the requirement, there are a multitude of codes worldwide that govern plumbing and they are revised regularly. Thomas Palkon, IAMPO’s Chief Technical Services Officer, presents an overview of the process for updating and revising a host of plumbing codes and how they relate specifically to water treatment businesses.

Waterborne illness is one of the continuing problems associated with drinking and recreational water, even with all of the advances that have been made in water treatment since the early 1950s. In spite of monumental efforts to prevent such illness, especially where it concerns public health, there remains a high incidence of outbreaks. Dr. Kelly A Reynolds, Public Health Editor, addresses these concerns, noting that there is still a great need for public health protection measures to be instituted, with an emphasis on POE/POU level applications. In spite of the 2020 public health challenges, water treatment dealers are still the go-to experts to assist in reducing the incidence of waterborne illness and should focus on this health-related aspect to assist clients.

Source: www.thelearningsite.info

We wish you the best of the new year, with an emphasis on keeping yourselves and your employees safe to prevent further spread of COVID-19. When that will end is open to question, even with vaccine deployment occurring as this is being written. We can’t just hope for better times, we have to make it happen. And the water treatment industry, with all of its regulatory burdens, is better positioned to do that than anyone. Be safe, be productive and be successful!

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