William E. Hall Sr.

In Memory of Bill Hall Sr., 95

On February 20, 2024, William Eugene “Bill” Hall Sr. passed away at the age of 95. Hall was a longtime water-treatment professional and a lifetime member of the WQA President’s Club. He was awarded the Water Quality Association (WQA) Award of Merit in 1996 and named into the WQA Hall of Fame in 2011.

Hall served as the president of the Haltec Services Company, as well as president of the Texas Water Quality Association. He routinely taught certification classes in both English and Spanish and helped to translate technical manuals for WQA. His favorite pastime was golf, which was a skill he honed while giving sales pitches.

Hall is survived by his wife, Patsy; his children, Roland, William Jr., and Lisa Sparks, and their spouses; along with 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

New Study Shows 260,000 Water Mains Break Annually

A new report from Utah State University showed that 20 percent of water pipes across the United States and Canada have outlived their expected life spans, causing over 260,000 water main breaks annually. The report correlated break rates to pipe materials and diameter and the effects of soil corrosivity on the selected materials. The study surveyed 800 utilities across the countries, accounting for over 400,000 miles of pipe data.

Professor Steven L. Barfuss, PE, was the primary researcher for the study, and he indicated that the main reason these water pipes have not been replaced is a lack of funding, noting the $2.6 billion already spent to repair breakages annually. Utah State University conducted similar studies in 2012 and 2018.

WQRF Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) has announced the first awardees of the $1,000 David Loveday Memorial Scholarship: Chataly Villalona of Virginia Tech University and Fatemeh Asadi Zeidabadi of the University of British Columbia.

Chataly Villalona

Villalona presented her poster, “Differing Mechanisms for Lead Phosphate Particle Removal by Point-of-Use Media Depend on Particle Size and Lability,” which emphasized the optimization of lead removal through understanding the presence of other types of particles present. The thesis for her master’s degree research also focuses on methods for lead reduction.

Zeidabadi presented on the challenges of treating PFAS in a poster titled “Facing the Challenge of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Does Ion Exchange Process Offer a Solution for In-Home Water Treatment?” Zeidabadi is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia’s chemical and biological engineering department.

IAPMO Publishes New Manual for Potable Water Construction Practices

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) released a new publication, Manual of Recommended Construction Practices for Potable Water. This effort was led by IAPMO’s Construction Practices for Potable Water Task Group, assembled in 2021 to provide language and guidance for safe water pipe construction practices. The IAPMO manual is publicly available for download on the association’s website.

WQA Announces Leadership and Excellence Awards

At the 2024 WQA Convention in Orlando, Florida, WQA honored 15 individuals and two companies with its leadership and excellence awards.

Award winners announced at the industry event include:

Darwin R. “Buzz” Goldstein, MWS, 2024 Hall of Fame Award, the highest honor for a WQA member.

Kurt Gruett, CWS, and the late Peter S. Meyers, WQA Lifetime Membership Awards.

Asadi Zeidabadi

Jacobi Carbons and Performance Water Products, WQA Excellence Awards.

Other award winners include Suzanne Trueblood and William Jefferis, who received the Key Award; Mike Herman and John Griesbach, who received the Ray Cross Award; David A. Davies and Bob Ruhstorfer, who received the Regents Award; E. Allan Horner and Jennifer Smith, who received the Award of Merit; and Andrey Mitchenko, who was given the International Award of Merit.

Tom Harrington received WQA’s Honorary Membership Award; Kathryn Fisher, the Next Gen Award; and Roy Esparza, WQA’s President’s Club Award.

NGWA and OSU Launch National Campaign to Support Groundwater Industry

The National Groundwater Association (NGWA) has partnered with Oklahoma State University (OSU) in a national campaign to bolster the groundwater industry. This campaign includes a televised public service announcement, as well as a website filled with resources that educate on the essential need for groundwater services.

The director of this initiative, Caitlin Barnes, PhD, expressed the concern that groundwater drillers nationwide have vocalized to her: a shrinking number of workers for their municipalities. The website can be found at groundwater.okstate.edu/.

Report Shows Climate Change Negatively Affecting Water and Sanitation Access

A new report from the nonprofit DigDeep and global water think tank Pacific Institute shows the detrimental effects of climate change on water and sanitation access, and it urges that action be taken to protect the frontline communities most affected. The report outlines the detrimental effects of climate change that plague frontline communities: drought, flooding, sea-level rise, wildfire-contaminated waters, and extreme storms and temperatures. The Center for Water Security and Cooperation helped produce the report, which is just the first of multiple reports in a series titled Water, Sanitation, and Climate Change in the United States.

Warren Controls Announces John Grim as Central Region Sales Manager

John Grim has been formally announced as Warren Controls’ central region sales manager. Grim brings with him 15 years of technical experience as a process engineer for various groups, as well as expertise in selling and managing sales for industrial control and instrumentation companies. Warren Controls is a supplier of industrial control valves, building automation valves, deaerator and boiler level controls, and military/marine valves.

Canadian Soleno Enters U.S. with New Plant in New York

Soleno, a Canadian water-management company, has recently announced its plans to construct a new plant in Saratoga, New York. This plant will mark Soleno’s establishment in the United States. Soleno will use this plant to introduce KUSTOMFLO, its latest product line that leverages technology from German tech acquisition Krah Pipes.

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