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By Deborah Stadtler In May, the Water Quality Association (WQA) and the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) hosted the 2024 Water Resources Congressional Summit, a two-day event in Washington, DC, aimed at bringing awareness to water issues. The first day of the summit featured several speakers from government agencies highlighting the ways clean water is being prioritized. In addition, the WQA Water Quality Leadership Award was given to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and the NGWA Groundwater Protector Lifetime Award was presented to Maryland Senator Ben Cardin. The keynote speaker, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small, discussed how the USDA…

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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…

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Point-of-use reverse osmosis (RO) systems are seeing a resurgence in popularity, as they remain capable of broad-spectrum contaminant reduction with many of the existing and emerging drinking-water issues, such as PFAS, lead, microplastics, and pharmaceuticals. To ensure your customers’ RO systems achieve optimal performance, efficiency, and protection, make sure the systems are set up properly and installation parameters have been accommodated. In this article, I will explain how specific pumps can enhance an RO system’s output, efficiency, and water quality. Running with Proper Pressure and Rejection To properly reject contaminants and output high-quality water, RO membranes must be placed under…

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As a seasoned water-treatment professional with over three decades in the trade, I have long understood the paramount importance of water testing. In fact, I firmly believe that, within the water industry, every service van and retail salesperson should be equipped with a comprehensive water test kit. Why? Because water testing isn’t just a routine task; it’s a cornerstone of our profession that ensures optimal performance, customer satisfaction, and long-term success. Everything begins with the water analysis. Wholesalers in the water-treatment industry are relied upon quite often to help size or troubleshoot water-treatment systems. Among the first questions we will…

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Water treatment for known contaminants is constantly evolving as more effective tools, testing, and technology make new methods of treatment available. But treating contaminants that are unknown or little known is a different story. Chemicals that were not previously detected in water or were detected at much lower levels are called emerging contaminants. Examples of emerging contaminants include personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and endocrine-disrupting compounds. Just as water treatment evolves, the regulations governing clean water also evolve. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a process to identify and regulate emerging contaminants in community and public water systems. A…

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Reverse osmosis (RO) filter systems were introduced to the water-treatment industry in the late 1950s, and, over time, they emerged as an effective solution to address the escalating concerns about water quality and safety. A 2023 study conducted by NSF found that across the United States, only 52 percent of the filter owners surveyed trust their tap water at home, revealing mistrust in water quality and consumers’ desire for trusted solutions1. RO systems, in addition to other filtration technologies, including activated carbon, sand water, under-sink systems, and pitcher filters, offer consumers options to combat these concerns. With increasing environmental degradation,…

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HANS Premium Water 833-333-4267 [email protected] hanspremiumwater.com Not many companies can take pride in their origin in humanitarian efforts to address resource scarcity, but HANS Premium Water can. HANS Premium Water is a company inspired by the idea of providing water to communities struggling with water insecurity, and it has remained committed to its original mission. It was founded by Manoj Bhargava, who is also the founder and CEO of Innovation Ventures LLC, the company responsible for a household name in quick energy solutions: 5-hour ENERGY. Bhargava leads Billions in Change, which develops and delivers inventions that help communities in need…

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A Scalable Solution in the Fight Against PFAS The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has partnered with NBOT Labs to create what is considered the first scalable (and cost-effective) solution in the fight against PFAS and other forever chemicals. While there are limitations associated with other methods of treating PFAS, this NBOT solution does not rely on any chemical additives and maintains an environmentally friendly approach to treating water systems. The solution utilizes NBOT (nanobubble oxidation technology), a patent-pending process in which oxygen and ozone are injected into nanobubbles, which creates hydroxyl radicals, which are then used in the…

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By Keller O’Leary The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally released the long-awaited Final PFAS New Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR), a ruling that the water treatment industry has been waiting for, and its specifics have been laid out on their website here. These regulations come as additions to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), a law first set in 1974 that has received continuous updates to better protect public health from water contamination. There is a lot of information presented on their findings and what brought them to this first ever national ruling on the topic of forever chemicals like…

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot topic that no one can seem to escape right now. As AI technology has progressed in leaps and bounds within the past few years alone, it has unlocked new potential for its use, as AI’s ability to process and interpret data far exceeds what previous technologies have been able to do. But don’t think AI applies only to the tech industry or start-ups. While some may be rightfully apprehensive about AI’s quick adoption, the water-treatment industry has already found efficient and cost-saving ways to utilize AI: Precision engineering programs, accurate facility-simulation projections, and many…

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