New Plans for the New Year

I used to be a staunch New Year’s resolutions person. Each year I would brainstorm ideas for resolutions, narrow down the list to the most feasible ones and declare my goals on January 1. Over time, I seem to have lost the zeal for official resolutions, but I still love the idea of January 1 being the starting point of exciting things to come.

This January, we are excited to announce our new podcast series “Straight from the Tap.” This will be a monthly podcast featuring discussions with people in the water treatment industry. Each episode will be between 20 and 30 minutes, perfect for a commute, a drive to a job site or the time it takes to run a quick errand. I hope you will tune in and listen to “Straight from the Tap” on your favorite podcast service (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more).

It’s also time to start thinking about the 2022-2023 Buyers Guide. Published in June, the guide is the most widely distributed issue of the year and we will be handing out copies at all major tradeshows in 2022 and 2023. To get your listing, just head over to the WCP website and click on the Buyers Guide button at the top. Now you can enter all your pertinent data, upload your logo and pay by credit card online.

Filtration is the mainstay of water treatment, with earliest references to its use dating back more than 5,000 years. Gary Battenberg, Argonide Corporation, starts a series of articles on filtration with the history and development of the earliest known water filtration processes and how it relates to modern innovation. And with filtration being a primary antidote to the prevalence of PFAS in drinking water, Sam Lodge of testing company Phenomenex, takes a close look at how we may have to live with these forever chemicals for some time to come. As more becomes known about them, better testing will help bring the problem closer to resolution through newer and better processes.

Another ‘contaminant’ getting a lot of press the past couple of years is microplastics. We’ve heard a lot about the different garbage patches of plastic floating in the oceans and much is being done by a host of non-profits to clean it up. Rick Andrew provides an update to his column last September about testing for microplastic reduction and how those claims can be made with updates to the standards.

2022 will bring continued uncertainty with COVID-19 variants, troubles with hiring and retaining workers, and supply chain difficulties. One thing that is certain is WC&P International Magazine. Each month we bring you articles and technical information to help you be the best water treatment professional. As always, we love to hear from you. Drop us an email with your thoughts.

Deborah Stadtler, Publisher


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