Author: Chris Perez

By Bill Blades The VP has two key functions: leading people and getting results. Score A in these two vital areas and you’ll be the hero. And every organization needs one. To get superior results, the VP must lead his people (not manage) to become the superior sales team in the industry. The challenge is that over 90 percent of VPs don’t fall in the superior category themselves—and most CEOs let them be average, or worse, by not investing in a mentor. It’s crucial to invest in the VP as s/he will learn what a great, servant leader acts like.…

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By Michael Neiheiser Editor’s Note: In view of the increased need for ensuring water quality, this article by Michael Neiheiser is a good reference for all involved in bottling water. Continuous assessment of water quality is necessary to ensure a safe and consistent bottled water final product. This is the basis for the regulatory framework established throughout the bottling industry, including governmental agencies such as the US EPA, FDA, state agencies and industry- specific groups, such as the IBWA and other regional-based bottling associations. Quality control programs implementing hazard analysis of critical control points (HACCP) and safe quality foods (SQF)…

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By Chris Hogan Bottled water is enjoying its strongest growth surge in several years, reaching new volume and sales heights in the US with a record-setting consumption of 10.8 billion gallons and sales of $13.07 billion (wholesale), an increase of 7.3 percent and 6.4 percent respectively. In addition, per-capita consumption was up 6.2 percent in 2014, with every person in America drinking an average of 34 gallons of bottled water last year. Reflecting a clear trend of consumers increasingly choosing healthy, convenient, zero-calorie bottled water, the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) reported that over the past fie years alone, bottled water…

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By Rick Andrew Cyanotoxins are a group of contaminants that can result in surface waters due to the presence of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, that can produce these compounds. They are highly toxic and can be present in finished drinking water supplies when there are algae blooms that produce the compounds and treatment is not adequate. Exposure to cyanotoxins through drinking water and/or recreational water have been known to harm human health, causing a wide range of symptoms, including liver and kidney damage in more severe cases. When cyanotoxin levels spike above safe levels, consumers are urged to…

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By Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD Legionella is in the news again, this time due to the deaths of at least 12 New York City residents and more than 124 illness cases, with 94 resulting in hospitalizations. While the current outbreak is likely from cooling-tower water aerosols and not directly from drinking water, similarities between exposure and risk potentials of these environments provide valuable learning tools for outbreak prevention. 2015 New York outbreak Many questions remain regarding the outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease plaguing New York City’s South Bronx neighborhood. For one, the epicenter of the outbreak has not yet been…

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By Denise M. Roberts In water treatment, there is no such thing as one size fits all. That applies to treatment, products and company practices. While there are a wide variety of products designed to treat nearly any water problem successfully, the deployment of those products and systems can be radically different from town to town, county to county, even state to state. What makes the difference is how a dealer approaches the problem as well as the solutions he offers to his client. Water treatment can be a cut-throat business, especially in areas where there are high concentrations of…

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Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher I blinked and it was gone! It’s hard to tell, though, with the lack of seasonal changes in Tucson. And it’s still hot so we harbor the illusion of endless summertime here in the desert Southwest. School has already started in some areas, and with that, there’s less time hanging out by the pool. For many, though, the changing seasons will see pools drained and covered for another year. We tend to forget that moving toward fall doesn’t mean the risk of dehydration isn’t still a public (and private) health concern. In fact, for much of…

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Res-Kem announced that after extensive training at the Clack Corporation headquarters, it has added the Clack line of valves to its expansive line of equipment. North America Associations join WQRF campaign The Water Quality Research Foun-dation (WQRF) would like to thank the following regional and state associations for their ongoing effortsand support for the foundation: Colorado Water Quality Association, PacificWater Quality Association, Water Quality Association of Wisconsin, Michigan Water Quality Association, Florida Water Quality Association and Minnesota Water Quality Association. Collectively, these six associations have pledged more than $140,000 (USD) to the Investing in Your Future Campaign. To date, more…

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Pickett named to Nelsen engineering staff Nelsen Corporation has appointed mechanical engineer Justin Pickett to the Engineering Department. His responsibilities include assisting in the management of quotations and customer ordering process, while engineering designs to meet customer requirements. Pickett, a graduate with a BS Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron, is certified in Solidworks CAD and Flow Simulation. This gives Nelsen Corporation the ability to provide dealers with 3D drawings and illustrations within their quotes. Pickett was most recently employed as a mechanical engineer with Vertex Water Features and is experienced in fluid dynamics and manufacturing processes.…

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By Greg Reyneke, MWS Water is one of the most precious commodities on our planet. It is our job as water quality management experts to make that water cleaner, better and more useful while saving costs, preserving energy and easing the labor burden. One of the most frequently overlooked tools in a water specialist’s arsenal is oxygen and more specifically the triatomic allotrope that we call ozone. History and chemistry Ozone consists of three oxygen molecules and has a very short half-life compared to its diatomic cousin that we all breathe: O2. While mankind has recognized the odor of ozone…

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