Ion Exchange Softeners Market to Expand at 6 Percent Cagr Through 2023

According to a new Fact.MR analysis, in 2023, the global ion exchange softeners market is expected to be worth US$2.02 billion. The ion exchange softeners industry is predicted to reach US$3.63 billion by 2033, developing at a 6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during the forecast period. The ion exchange softeners industry, driven by rising demand for clean and safe water for industrial and domestic applications, is likely to expand significantly in the future. Growing populations, rapid urbanization, and increasing water demand necessitates the development of efficient and effective water treatment systems, encouraging the adoption of ion exchange softeners, which are noted for producing high-quality water with low maintenance.

AWWA Awards 5 Under 35 Outstanding Young Professionals Award

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced the five recipients of its 5 under 35 Outstanding Young Professionals Award. The award, which debuted in 2021, recognizes and honors AWWA members under the age of 35 who have demonstrated outstanding service to their sections or the association through leadership and active participation in young professional programs.

The 2023 winners are:

  • Jenny Doyle, P.E., Missouri Section
    • Senior Civil Engineer, PE, City of Glendale, Arizona
    • Member, AWWA Member Engagement and Development Committee
    • Trustee, Missouri Section; Chair, Section Member Engagement Committee
    • Past chair, Section Young Professionals Committee; member, Section Water for People, Water Equation and Competition committees
    • B.S. and M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas
  • Clayton Freed, Arizona Section
    • Program Manager, City of Phoenix Water Services
    • Member, Water Utility Council
    • Past chair, Section Conference and YP committees
    • Member, Section Education Council
    • B.S., Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech
  • Nicole Holloway, Southwest Section
    • Laboratory Supervisor, Beaver Water District, Lowell, Arkansas
    • Co-Chair, AWWA Manual Committee, M12, Simplified Procedures for Water Examination
    • Co-Chair, Water Quality Laboratory Committee
    • Member, AWWA Aesthetic Quality & Perception
    • Past Chair, Section YP Committee,
    • Past Co-Chair, Section Conference Local Host
    • Board Member, SW Section AWWA
    • B.S., Chemistry, Missouri State University; M.S., Environmental Science, University of Idaho
  • Lawrence Latour, P.E., Virginia Section
    • Water Resources Engineer, Town of Herndon, Virginia
    • Member, Young Professional Committee 2017-2023
    • Past Vice Chair, Young Professional Committee
    • Member, Water Landmarks Award Committee
    • Past Summit Chair, YP Summit Conference 2021 and 2020
    • Past Summit Vice-Chair, YP Summit Conference 2019
    • Past Summit Program Chair, YP Summit Conference 2018
    • Past Chair, Chesapeake Section YP Committee
    • B.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Susan Mukai, P.E., Hawaii Section
    • Senior Principal Engineer, P.E., Brown and Caldwell, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Secretary, Hawaii Section
    • Past Co-Chair, Section Workshops Committee
    • Past Trustee, Section Annual Conference
    • Past Chair, Section Newsletter Committee
    • Past Chair, Section YP Committee
    • B.S. and M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Southern California

Bottled Water Reaches New Peaks in Revenue and Volume

New data from the Beverage Marketing Corporation show that bottled water has reached new peaks in both volume consumed and sales in 2022. Bottled water’s total volume sold in 2022 was 15.9 billion gallons, its highest volume ever, surpassing carbonated soft drinks for the seventh year in a row. Sales in 2022 approached $46 billion, up from $40.8 billion in 2021. U.S. consumers drank, on average, 46.5 gallons of bottled water in 2022, compared to 36 gallons of soda. Consumer demand for bottled water has significantly contributed to the industry’s growth (30 percent since 2012). According to a survey conducted on behalf of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) by the Harris Poll, nine out of 10 U.S. consumers (91 percent) want bottled water to be available wherever other drinks are sold.

DuPont Water Solutions Named 2023 Water Technology Company of the Year

DuPont Water Solutions has been named Water Technology Company of the Year, announced at the Global Water Awards, for innovating solutions to sustainably address the hardest global water challenges. In addition to receiving this award, DuPont was also recognized as a significant contributor to the Water Project of the Year award, which was the Jiaxing Drinking Water Upgrade Project in China. As part of the largest nanofiltration drinking water plant in the world, DuPont’s FilmTec™ nanofiltration membranes were deployed to address pollutants in municipal drinking water sources—unlocking a new raw water source, boosting Jiaxing’s water security, and offering a new model for water supply for China’s growing population.

AWWA Announces Diversity and Inclusion Award Winners

The 2023 recipients of the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Diversity & Inclusion Award are:

  • Nicole Brown (individual winner) from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.
  • Toho Water Authority (organizational winner) in Kissimmee, Florida.

The award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has created and maintained diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) by establishing an environment that recognizes and effectively utilizes individual talents. Brown, client development manager at Suburban Consulting Engineers, has held DE&I positions within companies, nonprofits, and professional organizations and has led community outreach efforts and spoken to children in schools and spiritual spaces. As an organization, Toho Water Authority is committed to creating, promoting, and sustaining a diversity and inclusion program that ensures its workplace is an environment where all customers, community members, and employees feel they belong. AWWA supports diversity and inclusion as being essential to the growth, structure, and continued success of any organization.

WEF Selects Wm. Patrick Nichols to Serve as Interim Executive Director

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has selected Wm. Patrick (Pat) Nichols to serve as the interim executive director. After taking the reins from outgoing executive director Walter Marlow, Nichols will oversee WEF’s continued implementation of the organization’s new strategic plan. Nichols is a specialist in guiding not-for-profit organizations through major transitions. He has served as interim director for more than 30 organizations, positioning them for success by focusing on mission and core values, strategic clarity, integrity, accountability, and customer service.

Veolia NA Launches Workforce Training Program

Veolia North America (NA) is opening its in-house training program to the general public to support skills acquisition for U.S. job seekers looking for stable jobs in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Veolia Academy offers free online courses for learning the technical skills and preparing for the state certifications necessary for a career in the industry, which needs tens of thousands of new workers across the country to handle today’s environmental challenges.

Veolia Academy was developed in 2021 to prepare Veolia employees to move up. Veolia Academy training has been approved by 38 states, with more in the process. Veolia Academy is built on an online training site,, with more than 100 courses in seven Learning Paths covering the operations and maintenance of water and wastewater. The courses were developed and are delivered by Veolia North America employees who are industry experts in their fields, partnering with vocational and technical schools to provide the curriculum necessary to prepare students to enter the water treatment workforce.

WWEMA Board of Directors Selects Claudio Ternieden as Next Executive Director

The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Claudio Ternieden, J.D., MPP, as the executive director of WWEMA to succeed Vanessa Leiby. Ternieden is currently the chief petty officer for the Water Environment Federation and has been leading its regulatory and legislative activities for the past 10 years. Ternieden has also held leadership positions at Concurrent Technologies Corporation, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and the American Association of Airport Executives.


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