Need for the best water quality never ends

Fall is a wonderful time of the year, a time of transition as well as completion for some.
And although the pandemic has probably constrained snow-bird travel for another
year, that doesn’t mean winterizing homes and water treatment systems is off the
table, especially in the northern tier states. Water treatment specialists don’t get time
off as readily or easily as other professionals. Seasonal changes merely mean treatment
changes for most, each requiring decidedly different options, depending on the weather.

While many businesses may be working on closing out quarterly stats and gearing up
for what comes next in marketing for 2022, there’s time left in 2021 to garner and measure
more success. As a key essential industry, the double whammy of supply chain and
labor shortages notwithstanding, the public is clamoring for your help with their quest
for safer and healthier lifestyles that include water treatment. The gift of safe water
cannot be understated, even in the US. And what better time to consider it than the
holiday season?

While most municipal areas draw their water from surface sources, a great many still
depend on wells. With more pumping being done to meet the needs of both rural and
municipal water users, groundwater sources are undergoing the highest levels of
withdrawal than previously known and aquifers are not being recharged by precipitation
at a rate that offsets those losses. Whether a small town or a larger municipality in an area
without available surface waters, groundwater is often overstressed by the requirement
to pump more when normal rainfall is not received. The Southwest and the West have
been especially hard hit by lack of precipitation, leading to drought declarations and high
fire danger. This is even more critical in rural areas where no central water supply is
available and local aquifers are already being impacted by a large decrease in available water.

In this issue, the National Ground Water Association gives a birds-eye look at what they
will be covering during Groundwater Week in Music City next month. Some of us will be
there and we hope to see you as well. For those who think well water is pristine, think
again. As water tables drop, arsenic and other contaminants can become problematic,
especially in areas where they are endemic. There are a host of treatments available
and well water is no exception to needing treatment options. Greg Reyneke of Red Fox
Advisors gives an in-depth report on arsenic, how to treat it and why it’s not something to
ignore. This is one area especially where the groundwater and water treatment industries
cross over, to ensure all water is safe.

Gary Battenberg of Argonide Corporation addresses the arsenic issue with a short but
informative history of the negative and sometimes positive aspects of arsenic use.
From ancient times to the present, arsenic has taken part in history in ways many may
not know. Rounding out our coverage, the WC&P advertising team took a trip to the
Poconos in September and returned with a glowing recap of EWQA’s annual convention.

Nearing the end of the year brings about a mindset change. The holidays are uppermost
in people’s minds now and looking forward to celebrations, gifts, family and lots of
good food is a highlight of the year. We hope your Thanksgiving celebration is one
filled with treasured moments that will guide you through the end of the year. Until
we meet again, keep the home fires burning and the water treatment turning.

Deborah Stadtler, Publisher

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