WQA Laboratory Increasing Capacity

As demand grows for its laboratory services, the Water Quality Association (WQA) is increasing and upgrading its facilities to match demand. The WQA’s Gold Seal Product Certification Program, the oldest third-party testing and certification in the water industry, is upgrading its bench and tools to increase efficiency in its lab’s operations.

This program tests drinking-water treatment units and system components, as well as conducts testing for NSF/ANSI standards. The laboratory also aids clients with research and development consultation services. Reach out to [email protected] for more information.

WateReuse Announces 2024 Leadership

The WateReuse Association announced its leadership and officers for 2024 and introduced its 39th president, Bart Weiss. Weiss brings two decades of continued engagement with the association, along with 30 years of water industry experience. This experience includes the creation of the Southern Hillsborough Aquifer Recharge Project in Florida and developing water potability and recycling programs across the nation.

Other members voted to the executive committee include the following:

Vice President: Deven Upadhyay, Executive Officer and Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Treasurer: John Kmiec, Director, Tucson Water Department.

Secretary: Jon Freedman, Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Veolia Water Technologies & Solutions.

IWA Water and Development Awards 2023 Announced in Kigali

Dr. Doulaye Kone and Dr. Veena Srinivasan

The International Water Association (IWA) recently presented the IWA Water and Development Awards for excellence, leadership, and innovation in the water sector. During the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Kigali, Rwanda, judges recognized Dr. Veena Srinivasan with the award for research, and Dr. Doulaye Kone received the practice award.

Action Manufacturing & Supply Acquired by Franklin Water Treatment

Franklin Water Treatment, a subsidiary of Franklin Electric Co., recently acquired assets from Action Manufacturing & Supply. Action Manufacturing is a wholesale distribution and manufacturing company specializing in residential water conditioning, filtration, and indoor/outdoor aeration systems, with operations across Florida and North Carolina. Franklin Water Treatment is a provider of products, services, and system solutions for a variety of markets that require point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatment products.

California Adopts New Wastewater Recycling Policy

California has ruled in favor of a policy to allow water agencies that recycle wastewater to begin implementing direct potable water reuse practices. Direct potable water reuse is a practice that utilizes multiple stages of proven and advanced water-treatment technology to transform recycled water into safe, purified drinking water, which is then blended directly into an existing system. The indirect methods of water reuse are not always feasible in certain situations and areas, so this new regulation allows for, but does not require, streamlined access to heightened drinking-water demand. The practice of recycling is not new, but the regulations allow water agencies to directly transfer their purified drinking water to communities in desperate need of water.

Nelsen Celebrates 70 Years of Service with New Facilities

Nelsen Corporation is excited to announce its new, cutting-edge corporate facilities in Medina, Ohio. This comes as Nelsen celebrates its 70th anniversary of providing services, having started in 1954 as a modest pump and water-softener dealer in North Royalton, Ohio, by founders Emil and Ron Nelsen under the name Century Water Conditioning Company. Now the company tailors solutions for residential and commercial clients across Ohio, Arizona, Texas, and Florida.

The new facilities streamline operations and promote eco-friendly practices for the company. Nelsen Corporation extends its heartfelt gratitude to its stakeholders, including employees, partners, and clients, whose continued support has been essential to achieving this milestone.

Youth fellows in Denmark at Grundfos headquarters.

Grundfos Partners with IWA for Youth Fellowship

Grundfos and the International Water Association (IWA) announced that they will continue to support Youth Action for SDG6, a fellowship for young water professionals (YWPs). The fellows have been carefully selected from 13 countries, an effort that Grundfos, a pump solutions and water technology company, believes will best showcase the problems in particular areas by amplifying the voices of each.

Since last year, the group has attended conferences, workshops, and roundtables with global leaders to voice concerns and address important problems. At the 2023 IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Kigali, Rwanda, the fellows presented their publication, which addressed outreach to YWPs and the effective use of their contributions.

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