Author: Marty Zager

By Patricia Dandonoli New well allows business to flourish in Nigeria A mother of five, Mary Chukle has lived in the village of Takkas in the Plateau state of Nigeria for 20 years. Until WaterAid and local partner organization COWAN recently helped the community to build a well, her life was dominated by the daily search for water. “Before we got the well it was very difficult to get water every day. We had to trek down to the river with the children and it took up to two hours. Since the well, life is much better for the women…

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By Kheng Guan Yap Adensely populated island city-state with 4.5 million people on a land area of about 700 sq. km., Singapore has no natural aquifers or groundwater, which makes water resource management a huge challenge. Despite these constraints, the population has access to good, clean drinking water. Through integrated water management, PUB (Singapore’s national water agency) has successfully closed the ‘water loop’ and manages the whole water cycle from rainwater collection to the purification and supply of drinking water, to the treatment of used water and its reclamation into NEWater. This has enabled PUB to put in place a…

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By Ned Breslin I first met Dona Fatima while driving on a terrible road in northern Mozambique. My Mozambican water sector colleagues and I were always able to find water points in passing villages because we had to drive so slowly on the deeply rutted roads. Dona Fatima, a woman who appeared to be over 50 years old but could easily have been much younger, was crying next to a broken hand pump. Dona Fatima was ‘responsible’ for this water system, installed 15 months earlier by a group of well-meaning people from the US who decided to ‘solve’ this community’s water problems. The…

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Purolite sales rep named Purolite’s Gary Schrieber announced Melissa Tonsor as Midwest Sales Representative and his future replacement. Prior to joining Purolite, Tonsor worked with the Water Quality Association (WQA), where she initially held the position of Laboratory Analyst. She then became WQA’s first Sales Manager promoting the organization’s Gold Seal Certification Program, which she ran for four years. Tonsor, a level VI Certified Water Specialist, graduated from Eastern Illinois University. Allard named NewAge Manager Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries announced the appointment of Michael Allard as its Global Distribution Sales Manager. Allard brings many years of sales and management experience to…

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Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher We’re hopeful everyone is starting the New Year on a more positive note than last year. Recent reports in the media cite modest gains in certain industries while others are maintaining but not progressing. With our industry so closely tied to the housing sector, the news hasn’t been particularly good for quite awhile. Should we expect that negative trend to last? Possibly, but not in the same way you might expect. Every economist worth their salt has chimed in on what when wrong and how, what needs to be done to correct the severe imbalances in…

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By Andrew Warnes For the past four years, the editors of WC&P have provided the opportunity to dive deeply into market and economic data in an attempt to predict the year ahead. (See Can You Beat the Curve?, March 2007, 2007 Was a Bad Year–Is There Worse to Come?, March 2008 and Trying to Predict the Turnaround, May 2009). This series of articles began as an effort to demonstrate the residential water treatment market was linked to the US housing market (which we were able to prove) and has evolved into forecasting for residential water treatment businesses in general. From…

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By David H. Martin Marketing is how you support sales, all year long. For decades, the techniques and strategies for promoting the water treatment dealer business hardly changed at all. That meant you could tweak last year’s marketing plan, eliminating what wasn’t working so well. But you were always selecting from the same universe of traditional media: newspapers, radio, TV, occasional mailings and a schedule of local event participations, from home shows to mall events to county fairs. Now it’s clear there are other options to explore as you enter a new business decade. Most of these are technology-driven disciplines…

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By Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D. Despite the multitude of improvements in source water protection and drinking water treatment, waterborne outbreaks are still documented every year in the United States. Further endemic waterborne disease is estimated at >19.5 million cases per year in this country.[1] Distribution systems continue to be implemented in outbreaks and may be a significant source of the widespread incidence of waterborne illness in communities. Biofilms are thought to play an integral role in the survival and spread of disease causing microbes in finished water supplies. New research supports this theory and provides valuable insights into the…

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Schwing named Engineer of the Year in Utah CH2M HILL announced that Vice President Jim Schwing has been named 2012 Engineer of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Utah. Schwing has been with CH2M HILL for 43 years. During his career, he has been involved in all aspects of engineering project implementation, including management, planning, design and construction of projects in the field of civil and environmental engineering. Schwing is an active member of the Water Environment Association of Utah, serving as the Conference Committee Chair for the past six years. Haataja to join federal advisory…

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By Rick Andrew Activated carbon is one of the most widely used technologies in POU treatment. There are many POU systems that utilize activated carbon in granular form or in carbon block form either as the primary treatment technology in the system or secondary technology, such as a postfilter to a POU RO system. Considering the widespread use of activated carbon, it is no surprise that there are well-established NSF/ANSI standards addressing POU activated carbon systems. These standards are NSF/ANSI 42–Drinking water treatment units–Aesthetic effects and NSF/ANSI 53–Drinking water treatment units–Health effects. The term aesthetic effects in context of NSF/ANSI…

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