Author: Denise Roberts

By Rick Andrew The Water Matters column covered developments in this area of emerging compounds and incidental contaminants in February. There have been several noteworthy milestones achieved in this exciting new area since that time, suggesting that an update is due. Publishing the standard Most notably, NSF/ANSI 401 Drinking water treatment units–Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants was published in August as an American national standard. At the time of the last update, a major hurdle remaining prior to publishing was successful completion of validation testing of the contaminant reduction test methods in NSF/ANSI 401. Since then, the validation testing has been completed…

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By Denise M. Roberts Ohio Valley Pure Water Systems, Inc. 4139 S. Yorkshire Square Cincinnati, OH 45245 Tel: (513) 231-5531 www.ovpw.net, sales@ovpw.net Employees: Five, Service vehicles: Three In 1988, Mike Noschang became a salesman for Water Resources and developed a passion for clean water. “I’m passionate about clean water for Cincinnati, OH,” said Noschang. “Our customers don’t want to live without their water treatment system.” When the company went out of business, Noschang embarked upon another journey, that of dealership owner. As the fourth top sales representative in the country for Water Resources, he knew how to sell. It was…

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By Genevieve D. Minter and Mark Bird Despite desalination being an option, there are over two billion people who do not have access to clean drinking water or adequate water for sanitation purposes. Critics of desalination argue that it is not an urgent concern and that the cost is too high. Others suggest that water is becoming the ‘new oil’ (Kennedy, 2014). This article invites the reader to explore the top ten myths about desalination, a viable option to provide fresh water to populations experiencing extreme drought and/or global warming. Myth #1. Desalination is not an urgent concern It is…

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By Rick Andrew NSF/ANSI 44 Residential Cation Exchange Water Softeners has long been the American national standard for evaluation of water softeners. This standard has created a level playing field for testing and establishing capabilities, such as softening capacity and salt and water efficiency. It has also helped manufacturers, dealers and retailers assure that their products are safe for contact with drinking water, structurally sound and helped consumers buy products with confidence. Over the last 20 years or so, we have seen the emergence of other technologies designed to perform a function of scale control in residential settings. These technologies…

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By Denise M. Roberts With our nation’s early history as a backdrop, the annual Water Quality Association (WQA) Mid-Year Leadership Conference was held in Williamsburg, VA in mid-September. With a full slate of committee and task force meetings, certification opportunities and leisure activities, those who attended were in top form for making decisions and moving the organization forward. The salty sea air greeted arrivals in Richmond and Newport News, and as they made their way to the historic colonial settlement, WQA staff was already in high gear, readying for an intense week of leadership activities. Tuesday, September 9 could be…

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By Marc DeBrum Isn’t ozone bad for you? If I breathe in ozone will I get sick? Isn’t it smog? Isn’t it the large hole in the sky? We are often faced with these viable questions in our industry and it is unfortunate that ozone’s accolades are often tarnished by the negative connotations with which it is sometime associated. Ozone production in nature Most of us equate the word ozone with the ozone layer, which is in the upper stratosphere protecting the Earth from the harmful UV radiation emitted from the sun—more accurately, UVB radiation, which is related to the…

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By Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD Water as a commodity is not easily managed by utilities… The POU industry, however, is poised to be the perfect partner to utilities, particularly those struggling with current and future challenges of degraded water quality and increasing regulatory compliance issues. In August, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) released its 2014 AWWA State of the Water Industry Report (SOTWIR). This annual report identifies some of the current and key issues and priorities for the water industry, with metrics ranging from quality to sustainability to services. Much of the report’s data was derived from a…

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By Rick Andrew The quality of bottled water is assured through many approaches and regulatory requirements, varying to some degree by geographical jurisdiction. In general, bottled water is treated as a food product, subject to oversight similar to other packaged foods and beverages. Typically, the quality of the water is assured through analysis for trace contaminants that may be present due to contamination of the source water or through impacts related to treatment and processing. Additionally, there is a focus on production facility cleanliness, similar to the approach used in production facilities for other types of packaged food and beverages.…

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By Denise M. Roberts Berkeley Club Beverages 4 Howard Street Berkeley Springs WV 25411 Tel: (304) 258-2313 Fax: (304) 258-1601 www.berkeleyspringswater.com michael.morris1@yahoo.com Employees: 27 Service vehicles: Nine Each year, the International Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition takes place in this small hamlet nestled in West Virginia’s northeastern panhandle region. This renowned event hosts the best waters from around the world in what is claimed to be the country’s first spa, where the pure, clean spring water bubbles from the ground at a constant 74.3°F (23.5°C). For over 250 years, the mountain water has brought visitors face to face…

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Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher With the continuing extreme drought conditions in California and severe drought across much of the western US, many are beginning to question the limits of availability of our most precious resource and the activities to which it is allocated. Foremost among the primary parties is industrial operations, which consume a great percentage of available resources, while the agriculture industry is not far behind. As the primary food producer for the US and a significant food exporter to other nations, this segment is being asked to make better use of their resources. Enter the third aspect, decaying…

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