Author: Stephen Ward

By Deborah Stadtler, Publisher Spring is a time of renewal and re-invigoration. As nature comes back to life after a long winter, we at WC&P are refreshing and re-energizing the magazine. You may have noticed the look of the magazine has changed. We are aiming to bring you up-to-date industry information in an attractive and easy-to-read package. Let me know what you think of the new look. We are also adding new voices to WC&P. Take a look at the new Water Policy in Action column by Mae Stevens of Signal Group. She will share insights on policy and regulations…

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By Rick Andrew Ultraviolet (UV) water treatment systems use UV energy to break bonds in the DNA of microorganisms, which prevents them from reproducing and causing infection. Over the years, a number of research studies have been conducted to establish the energy, or UV dose, required for UV disinfection to be effective on many waterborne pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and cysts. A concise summary of the relevant studies considered in setting the requirements can be found in the NSF/ANSI 55 Foreword. Based on the results obtained in these studies, it is generally agreed that almost all pathogenic microorganisms can be…

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By Gerard J. Lynch, PE A staple of water and wastewater treatment systems, filtration has long been a tool to help improve the quality of water. Ancient texts outline practices for purifying water for drinking, including filtering it through sand and course gravel, primarily to improve its taste. Over the centuries, sand filtration became an important process and is one of the many filtration techniques still used today. The Greek doctor Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) also played a role in advancing filtration technology. He is credited for inventing a crude bag filter (also known as the Hippocratic sleeve) to purify…

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By Philip Jones and Mitchel Hansen Water contamination events such as what occurred in Flint, MI naturally elevate concerns about the health effects of contaminated drinking water. It is fair to say that the current pandemic has also brought a whole new meaning to transmissible disease anxiety. It is therefore timely to review some aspects of potable water disinfection, specifically the application of ultraviolet technologies to the disinfection of water. A brief history of UV disinfection It is perhaps surprising that UV light has been recognized as an effective water treatment technology for more than 200 years and that ultraviolet…

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By Zachary D. Gleason The waiting is over. The Gold Seal laboratory at the Water Quality Association’s new headquarters in Lisle, IL, is open for business and ready to serve our global clients. Already, it is delivering enhancements that advance the interests of our partners, clients and the industry at large. With the decision to expand the WQA lab and offices into a new location, there was a great deal to consider. What could be done to improve efficiencies for the laboratory, its staff and the broader product certification team? What other solutions could we offer our global partners, clients…

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Liu appointed at ResinTech ResinTech announced the addition of Shiyang (Jenny) Liu to its procurement team. A native of China, she came to the US to attend Ohio State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in business management of agriculture and food. Liu brings almost five years of procurement experience to ResinTech, most recently with Nike and Puma in Shanghai, China, where she held buyer and merchandizing roles. As a Purchasing Analyst, Liu will have responsibility for purchasing routines, order placement and tracking and inventory control. She will be working out of ResinTech’s new headquarters in Camden, NJ.…

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By Mae Stevens On March 31, President Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, PA, to unveil his plan for catalyzing the nation’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The main component of this plan is a $2.25 trillion (USD) legislative package aimed at getting Americans back to work by the millions, while upgrading our aging infrastructure and meeting the Biden Administration’s goals of advancing equity and climate resilience. Titled the American Jobs Plan, the framework contains provisions that will have wide-ranging effects on every sector of the economy. Water provisions Most press coverage of the plan has centered around its more politically contentious initiatives…

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North America RWC named top company RWC has been named to the list of Metro Atlanta Top Workplaces 2021 as determined by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Selected for its culture of innovation and progress as well as openness to new ideas, RWC continues to demonstrate its commitment to advancing the building trades internally and externally. RWC’s role as an employer in the industry is a unique one. Watts training challenge launched Watts clients can earn premium benefits under the company’s Learn & Earn program by completing any of 150+ water conservation, water safety, water quality, or sustainability-inspired courses on Watts Works…

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