Author: Marty Zager

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher As the mercury rises, seasonal opportunities come to mind. Here in Tucson, the higher temperatures are already in full swing, prompting many to start considering the challenges summer brings. For instance, there is a greater occurrence of microbial growth during the summer months, something water dealers should take into consideration when installing new systems and servicing older ones. Drier climates may escape most of the inherent mold issues that arise with higher temperatures, but in enclosed spaces, there is always an opportunity for growth. How many homeowners are aware of the possibility of microbial contamination of…

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By Kenneth Schaeffer There is an old Chinese saying that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Well, these are certainly interesting times in the world-wide activated carbon (AC) industry and market. The market has experienced a couple of major supplier changes and mergers and acquisitions in the past year. Long awaited US EPA regulations have come to fruition and will require the use of much more activated carbon, which could result in some carbon shortages and price hikes in the next year. This article, the fourth in an annual series discussing the activated carbon market, highlights the forces and…

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Brunette appointed Aquionics Regional Sales Manager Aquionics has appointed Greg Brunette as Regional Sales Manager for its municipal water and wastewater systems in the western region of North America. He will be responsible for growing sales through a combination of direct sales, building and managing a first-class distributor network and giving seminars and technical talks at conferences and sales meetings. Brunette will also be the ‘go to’ market expert for local representatives and industry leaders. With over 20 years’ experience in technical sales in the process industries, he knows the municipal market in the western United States and Canada very…

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By Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD Repeatedly, the CDC recommends consumption of safe food and water as primary defenses against antibiotic-resistant pathogen exposures. Hand washing and proper food preparation practices are key measures in prevention, as is access to clean water and effective treatment. A recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls for immediate and urgent action toward improved stewardship relative to antibiotic use. The spread of drug-resistant infections extends beyond hospitals and includes food and waterborne routes as well. Given millions of infections and tens of thousands of deaths per year, the time…

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By Henry Nowicki, PhD, Wayne Schuliger, George Nowicki and Barbara Sherman Introduction Evaluating activated carbon performance is important because all carbons are not the same and they do need to be replaced when exhausted, to maintain specified performance. Performance should be validated before installation and periodically to assure it is still working. Save a sample put into working adsorbers. Standard ASTM carbon industry test methods and advanced methods should be used by vendor or manufacturer and purchaser independently. Carbon users should contract independent testing services. In order to evaluate performance of activated carbons it is necessary to have a modern…

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The Centurion portable dialysis water treat-ment system from AmeriWater has been FDA cleared, officially certifying the single- patient unit for use in medical facilities or at home. The unique, integrated heat disinfec-tion design of the Centurion disinfects the entire unit in a single step, including the membrane and the delivery lines up to the inlet of the dialysis machine. North America WQA endorsement of WWIF announced Citing the charity’s efforts to solve one of humankind’s fundamental challenges, the Water Quality Association (WQA) announced its official endorsement of the Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF). WWIF strives to bring clean, safe drinking…

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By Oliver Diaz Businesses in the water treatment industry are often small and independently owned, so making investments in training—especially those involving advanced e-learning technologies—can seem like a daunting proposition. The types of e-learning available today, however, can actually be the smartest investments of all. In many fast-moving industries, such as high tech or oil and gas, increasing job complexity, a knowledge gap among young workers and stringent compliance requirements pose huge challenges. But these industries are responding by devoting resources to technologically advanced training methods. With these advanced technologies, the water treatment industry can also save time and manage…

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By Richard Schingoethe Environmental Water Systems, Inc. 535 Myatt Drive, Ste. 300 Madison, TN 37115 Tel: (615) 860-0828 www.rainsoftofmadison.com Employees: 22 Greg Bunn and Eric Swenson The road to entrepreneurship often starts in sales, and Eric Swenson along with Greg Bunn are no exception. What is exceptional was the fast start in their very first year at Environmental Water Systems, Inc. (EWS) in Madison, TN and how they’ve stayed the course for over two decades. Geographically, their road led from Hot Springs, AR to Nashville. Both men sold for Arkansas Water Systems in the early 1990s, where they also learned…

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By Greg S. Reyneke, CWS-VI and Tanya Lubner, PhD Running a water business is easy…you just need the right people, with the right knowledge representing the right products to the right clients who know and appreciate the value of your offerings. Unfortunately, while the list is simple, it is the execution that is so very hard, and is the very essence of what separates expensive hobbies from successful businesses. Our industry is filled with some of the most enthusiastic, innovative and proud people that I’ve ever met, but a common frustration when coaching them to success is the difficulty they…

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By Denise M. Roberts The Wishing Well Internation Foundation (WWIF) and Florida Water Quality Association (FWQA) teamed up this year to host the annual golf tournament at WQA Aquatech. And as usual, there were standout performers and memorable moments to report. A total of 35 generous industry players grabbed the opportunity for bragging rights. The team of Rick Good, Rob Missman, David Swain and Steve Reif took top honors for first place, followed by a tie for second between Cindy Gresham, Steve Braley, Sid Fly and Brent White on one team and Issa Al-Kharusy, Bill Hanson, John Heskett and Brian…

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