Looking back to move forward

I find that during the holidays I spend quite a bit of time reminiscing. As I write cards to friends, highlighting our family’s past year, I remember each fun memory. As we hang ornaments on our tree, we reflect on how we got that ornament or the history behind it. As I take pictures of our sons opening gifts, I’m reminded of how much they have grown over the past year. We participate in nostalgic holiday traditions and eat foods made from recipes handed down through generations.

While looking back during the holidays is a sweet reminder of family moments, it’s also helpful to look back over the year of your business. When I came on board with WC&P in March 2021, I was determined to honor the history of this great magazine while moving forward into new areas. Our team has redesigned the website to be easier to navigate and read articles. Our LinkedIn and Twitter pages are constantly updated with new information. Even the magazine got a little freshening up.

I can see how far we’ve come over this past year–and I am excited for what the new year will bring. We have plans to expand WC&P into new avenues so we can connect with you wherever you are. WC&P is dedicated to supporting the community of water treatment professionals—we’ve done that for 60+ years and we plan to keep doing just that.

In this issue, we tackle subjects that are not mainstream to our particular niche market but still important. As water scarcity becomes more prominent an issue across the globe, solutions must be found to offset it. Desalination is a tried-and-true technology designed to utilize the vastness of Earth’s oceans to resolve the losses of potable water from drought and dwindling precipitation in otherwise humid and damp parts of the world. While the predominantly land-locked US may not find as much favor with desalination, the coastal regions of the country, notably Texas and California, have found it necessary to develop plans to bolster their water supplies through advanced technologies.

India is another land mass with long seacoasts that could benefit greatly from desalination methodologies. Dennis Thazhamon, Josab India Pvt Ltd, delves into the necessity of securing future water supply through desalination, seawater RO and other available technologies. Another option for expanding water supplies is reuse applications. Dr. Brooke Mayer reports on the multiple benefits of wastewater reuse, recovering minerals of value in the process. The proposition that what once was used can be used again (and again), advanced during dire circumstances due to conflict during the 20th century, is again gaining favor in a society that is realizing the throw-away mentality of the early 21st century is a detriment to our future.

In addition to reuse, the possibilities of tracking public health through wastewater testing is gaining traction across the country. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the necessity of finding better ways to track infectious pathogens to determine virulence and spread. Dr. Aaron Peacock of Microbac Laboratories, Inc., highlights recent advances in microbiological testing that allow for better tracking of outbreaks to determine best efforts for containment.

Looking to the future of conventions and in-person meetings while the pandemic continues to be pervasive, we should expect the combination of virtual events with standard convention aspects. In addition, the hallmark of industry conventions, the educational sessions, can be offered more broadly through the online medium. If you can’t attend a convention, be sure to check out the multitude of options being presented to offset the vagaries of the pandemic. We hope to see you more in 2022 and would appreciate your input on what is most important to our segment of the water treatment industry. For now, please enjoy a safe and joyful holiday season.

Deborah Stadtler, Publisher


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