Author: Tom Losito

North America WQA best practices guidelines The Water Quality Association (WQA) has unveiled an informational resource to help water treatment professionals and consumers use water treatment systems in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner. Getting Smart with Reverse Osmosis Systems is now the second pocket-sized booklet published in the Getting Smart With series. With this special publication, water treatment industry professionals are encouraged to follow a set of best practices developed by WQA pertaining to the sale, installation and maintenance of residential RO systems. These guidelines are intended to help industry professionals choose efficient water treatment systems that employ RO…

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By Sarina Prabasi, Chief Executive WaterAid America Take a moment to travel with me to a small town called Wawa Boom, one of the most geographically and culturally isolated parts of Nicaragua, situated along the Miskito Coast. There is only one dirt road into Wawa Boom. The marine life is unparalleled, the coastal rain forests second only to those in Brazil, and the winding rivers so abundant that they serve as one of the main means of transportation. Anyone can see that there is no shortage of water in this region. So why would my organization, WaterAid, choose to focus…

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By Greg Reyneke, MWS Biofilm wiped off of a filter housing Waterborne infectious diseases are diseases caused by bacteria, virus or protozoa that spread through contaminated drinking water. Common examples include adenovirus, cholera, dysentery, legionellosis, hepatitis, norovirus and giardiasis. Symptoms will vary, but nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, with or without fever, are the most common. It’s common for people to mistake a case of waterborne disease for food poisoning or a ‘24-hour flu bug.’ Most waterborne diseases are spread in the same way: by drinking water that has become contaminated by infected human or animal fecal matter. A small number…

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By Alexander Polyakov, PhD and Joseph L. Shmidt, PhD The bottled water market in the US is on the rise and now exceeds $11 billion (USD) annually, making it today’s benchmark for quality of drinking water. According to International Bottled Water Association statistics for the past five years, no one has suffered from stomach illness due to bottled water, while during the same period, more than 16 million people have complained of stomach disorders caused by municipal water supplies.1 Almost all bottled water is produced from municipal tap water, using large-sized RO systems, mineralization and ozonation. There are, however, disadvantages…

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By Donna Kreutz One fateful day nearly three decades ago, Al Lozier saw a newspaper ad and decided to attend a presentation about opportunities in the water treatment industry. “Back then they used to run an ad and 20 to 25 people would show up for a presentation,” he said. “They explained the opportunities in the water treatment business in a group atmosphere and let you decide if you were interested.” He was. Lozier started training for in-home sales. “I was motivated. If you did well in sales, the companies had programs that would allow you to branch off and…

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By Rick Andrew Most of us are familiar with the general idea of testing and certification of POU/POE products. We know there are standards and protocols for evaluation of this type of equipment, and we might even have some insights on what type of testing is required under these standards and protocols and which apply to which products. However, the full scope of available standards and their requirements can be overwhelming, even to those who are in the manufacturing sector and are engaged with new product development and regulatory compliance. For example, how many people know that there are actually…

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By Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD What happens in sewage doesn’t always stay in sewage. A recently published study found that traces of the drug methadone excreted in wastewater supplies ultimately impact sources of drinking water. Exposure to methadone, however, is not the primary human health concern. Rather, the interaction between methadone and disinfection byproducts that produces the carcinogenic compound NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine) currently has health officials taking notice. What your sewage says about you Scientists can tell a lot about you from your feces. Reportedly, monitoring sewage for specific genetic markers was considered (if not attempted) in tracking Osama bin…

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By David Martin WQA membership leaders met in Tucson, Arizona’s dramatic mountainside Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, August 31- September 2. The conference’s 148 attendees included 111 volunteer members, as well as WQA staff. Monday was dominated by the WQA Board of Directors’ orientation, meeting and evening reception. Tuesday morning was reserved for benefit outings of the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF), which saw some member participants enjoying a cowboy breakfast and jeep desert tour, followed by a tour of the historic San Xavier Mission. Others played in the annual WQRF benefit golf outing. The afternoon was filled with task force…

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