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Diaphragm pump

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Blue White Industries’ CD1 Dual Diaphragm Pump with Hyperlink Drive Technology pumps chemicals continuously, is self-priming, will not vapor lock and is engineered for zero maintenance, including the patented, ultra-durable diaphragm, DiaFlex®. The exclusive, single-layer diaphragm has been designed to last the life of the pump. The energy-efficient, brushless, DC variable-speed motor helps achieve a large turn-down ratio for extreme accuracy. CD1 has a feed rate of up to 7.20 GPH/27.26 LPH), leak detection, simple installation and setup as well as fittings for multiple configuration types. The Chem-Pro® CD1 provides a high-performance solution for precisely dosing harsh chemicals.
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People

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Battenberg appointed at Argonide
Argonide has appointed Gary Battenberg as a Business Development Manager-Senior. His primary focus will be to drive short- and long-term growth of the company through implementation of proactive strategies and to enhance market share. The company will leverage Battenberg’s vast design experience to develop new products for its NanoCeram and DEAL technologies. Previously, he was Technical Manager, Water Treatment Department of Dan Wood Company. Prior to that, Battenberg was Technical Support and Systems Design Specialist with Parker Hannifin Corporation. His 30+ years of experience in the water industry provides a perfect fit for Argonide, with a proven, successful track record in areas of sales, service, design and manufacturing of water treatment systems. Battenberg’s technology base covers mechanical and adsorptive filtration, ion exchange, UV sterilization, RO and ozone technologies. He has worked in the domestic, commercial, industrial, high-purity and sterile water treatment arenas. Battenberg, a contributing author to WC&P International magazine and a member of its Technical Review Committee since 2008, was voted one of the magazine’s Top 50 most influential people in the water treatment industry in 2009. He can be reached by email at gary@argonide.com or by phone (407) 488-7203.

Cotruvo honored by NSF, NEHA
NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) have presented Joseph Cotruvo, PhD, BCES, with the 2020 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. He received the award at the virtual 2020 NEHA Annual Education Conference, in recognition of more than 45 years of dedicated service to environmental and public health through leadership, collaboration and consensus national standards development. Cotruvo’s accomplishments as a ‘clean water crusader’ include 23 years as Director of US EPA’s Criteria and Standards Division, Office of Drinking Water, as well as Director of the Risk Assessment Division in Toxic Chemicals. He also worked four years at NSF International, first as a Senior Regulatory Executive and later as VP of Environmental Health Sciences, where he helped to advance the NSF/WHO Collaborating Center for Drinking Water. Cotruvo later established the professional environmental consulting firm of Joseph Cotruvo & Associates.

McGinnis named McEllhiney Lecturer
Kevin McGinnis, President of Cotey Chemical Corp. has been selected as 2021 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer by NGWA and the Groundwater Foundation. The William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology was established in 2000 to foster professional excellence in water-well technology. McGinnis has presented workshops across the country for NGWA, the American Groundwater Trust and state organizations. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1984 with a degree in business administration and began his career in the groundwater industry when he started working at Cotey Chemical for his father-in-law Ken James in 1993, eventually purchasing the company in 1995. Cotey Chemical designs and manufactures products to rehabilitate and develop all types of water wells.

NGWA award winners named
The National Ground Water Association congratulated recipients of its 2020 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Awards and Sectional Awards, which will be presented this December during Groundwater Week in Las Vegas, NV. Long-time NGWA member John Pitz, President of N.L. Pitz Inc., NGWAF, received NGWA’s most prestigious Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. Also honored were: James Butler Jr., PhD, Senior Scientist and Chief, Geohydrology Section, University of Kansas Geological Survey, M. King Hubbert Award; David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, President, Bergerson-Caswell Inc., Robert Storm Intersectional Cooperation Award and Standard Bearer Award; Mike Barcelona, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Western Michigan University, Life Member Award; Francis Weedon, President/Owner of Frontier Logging Corp., Technology Award; Marcia Degan, PhD, PE, Technical Services Manager at Virginia Department of Health, Special Recognition Award; Jeffrey Smith, MGWC, Smith Well Drilling and Janice Hawk-Baldwin, CWD/PI, Hawk Well Co., Special Recognition Award.

ACS Rising stars announced
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) unveiled its sixth annual Talented 12 list in mid-August, which highlighted early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who fearlessly tackle difficult global problems. The list included: Kevin Barnett, Pyran; Josep Cornella, Max Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung; Robert J. Gilliard Jr., University of Virginia; Osvaldo Gutierrez, University of Maryland; Mireille Kamariza, Harvard University; Lingyin Li, Stanford University; Laura-Isobel McCall, University of Oklahoma; Lynn McGregor, Novartis; Brett McGuire, MIT; Wendy Lee Queen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne; Jessica Ray, University of Washington and Rudy Wojtecki, IBM.

IAPMO compliance inspector announced
IAPMO R&T has enlisted the services of Martin Weiss as Continuous Compliance Inspector for current and prospective European clients. He spent the previous 20 years at Grohe Research and Development Department (Germany) in various technical areas, including thermostats, one-hand mixers, kitchen faucets and sanitary systems. In addition, Weiss served as Project Supervisor responsible for drinking water systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in energy and heating technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Giessen-Friedberg, Germany, and began his career as a test engineer at the Grohe Function Laboratory. Over the next two decades, Weiss would serve as Deputy Supervisor, Supervisor and head of the department. His achievements at Grohe include overseeing the opening of a new laboratory, which included merging three laboratories into one.

Global Spotlight

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

North America
PWQA against recycling legislation
PWQA has reiterated its vehement opposition to AB 1080 and SB 54 (collectively known as the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act). Recent amendments do not address the overarching, fundamental issues that PWQA has with the bills and they raise new, significant concerns. Both bills still require millions in new spending at (and delegate expansive new regulatory and fee authority to) Cal Recycle, fail to address on-going challenges with existing programs and the need for significant additional infrastructure statewide to implement the bill, all while the state struggles financially and has slashed spending in other areas. For some businesses, the single-use products and single-use packaging covered by these bills are critical to their livelihood. PWQA will provide updates when available.

WQA news
WQA announced it will relocate its international headquarters and laboratory to an expanded, more modern facility that will allow increased capacity and flexibility for product testing and more efficient membership services. The association has committed to a building only about a mile from its current headquarters in Lisle, IL, about 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport. Sale of the current building to a nearby non-profit organization was completed in March, with WQA allowed to maintain business in its current space until the move is completed. The WQA Board of Directors officially approved the relocation plan in April 2019, after more than two years of research and planning.

As schools prepare to reopen for in-person learning around the country, WQA offered general guidance on bringing water treatment systems back online in buildings that have been vacant or seen little or no water use. Available on WQA’s website, the guidelines suggest actions water treatment professionals can take as part of an overall recommissioning plan for schools as well as commercial, industrial, manufacturing or retail businesses shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document also can be used as a resource by restaurant and coffee shop owners, small businesses and retail establishments, and even homeowners.

IAPMO news
As reported by IAPMO, US EPA has released its long-awaited final regulation on the Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water. IAPMO has been an active participant in the rule-making process from the beginning and submitted numerous comments for consideration. The rule’s goal is to reduce lead in drinking water and assure that states, manufacturers, inspectors and consumers have a common understanding of lead-free plumbing. In the final rule, the agency makes conforming changes to existing regulations based on the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 (RLDWA) and the Community Fire Safety Act enacted by Congress.

IAPMO and AWWA have entered into a Cooperative Development Agreement to develop a manual of recommended practice to support providing safe and effective water efficiency and water quality provisions for the built environment. Recommended Practices for the Safe Shutdown and Startup of Building Water Systems Due to Emergency will be developed and administered by IAPMO’s Codes and Standards development resources under a set of development procedures jointly established and agreed to by both entities. A committee of subject-matter experts appointed by both will oversee its creation.

Well owner website relaunched
NGWA, in partnership with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and US EPA, has re-launched its flagship website,WellOwner.org, long the go-to resource for well owners in search of information on properly testing, tending and treating their private water systems. The site is now easier to navigate and contains even more resources to protect private water wells. Updated features include new and improved Contractor Lookup; blog posts from water well experts; a modern, professional and responsive look on all devices; enhanced search functions and new Know Your Well podcasts with NGWA staff interviewing experts from across the US.

ASTM standard developed
ASTM International’s new D7936 standard will help to measure organic compounds that can cause significant issues, including pollution and carcinogen generation, in water. ASTM’s water committee (D19) developed the new standard. The test method described therein covers the catalyzed hydroxyl radical oxidation system for in-stream or laboratory analysis of total organic carbon, total carbon and total inorganic carbon in drinking water, wastewater, industrial process water and effluent water.

WEF safety guideline issued
A blue-ribbon panel of experts convened by WEF to evaluate safety of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic concluded that occupational risk of infection is low, standard wastewater treatment processes inactivate the virus and additional research should be conducted to further increase understanding of hazards and protections for personnel. The panel also updated the guidelines for protection of wastewater personnel from potential pathways of exposure to biological hazards, including coronavirus.

Kinetico, Ayala agreement announced
Ayla Networks announced that Kinetico Incorporated has selected the Ayla IoT platform to power a new generation of innovative, differentiated products and drive market growth. The platform provides comprehensive device, cloud and mobile app connectivity for any kind of product. Its end-to-end integrated technology includes the latest standards and protocols to enable Kinetico to connect its smart products to the cloud along with the software applications that are used to control them.

Nelsen Corporation announced the completion of construction of its new distribution and warehouse facility at 14035 W. El Cielo, Goodyear, AZ, southeast of the Phoenix Goodyear Airport. The property provides for additional growth and expansion in the future. A video of the construction may be viewed at https://youtu.be/8TxVrsduVXE.

Europe
ACS, Poland publishing agreement announced
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division announced that it has signed a transformative ‘read-and-publish’ agreement with the Polish Academic Consortium. The agreement, which lasts through 2022, will benefit 51 institutions across Poland and will enable hundreds of articles to be made open access each year.

Middle East
ASSE, Israel standards agreement announced
ASSE International and the Standards Institution of Israel (SII) have entered into an agreement for SII to license two ASSE standards for adoption in Israel, which will allow SII to easily adopt ASSE standards for the Israel market, preventing the need for the development of duplicative international standards. The agreement was developed initially for ASSE 1055-2018, Performance Requirements for Chemical Dispensing Systems with Integral Backflow Protection and ASSE 1030-2016, Performance Requirements for Positive Pressure Reduction Devices for Sanitary Drainage Systems. The agreement, which will automatically renew annually after the first three years, calls for SII to prepare its standards in Tel Aviv, distribute copies of them to the public by sale, rental, lease or lending and publicly display them.

Asia
PolyCera acquired by Singaporean firm
PSP.US, Inc. has acquired the assets of US membrane company PolyCera, Inc., which in 2018 began commercialization of its highly differentiated organic metal membrane products that combine the robustness of ceramic membranes with the cost efficiencies of polymeric membranes. The assets include all of PolyCera, Inc.’s physical and intellectual properties. The acquisition was finalized on June 23; financial details are not being disclosed. A Delaware corporation, PSP.US was formed in 2020 and is wholly owned by PSP PTE. LTD. in Singapore. As the largest shareholder in PSP PTE. LTD., leading Chinese membrane company Beijing Daking Eastern Technology Co., Ltd. (Daking) also maintains the largest interest in PSP.US.

Viewpoint: Safe water…what we do makes it better

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

The water treatment industry is at the forefront of water quality improvement, through technology, products, education and service. To say that dealers and distributors are on the ground floor of necessity is an understatement. As we tout the ‘water is life’ mantra, access to it may be hindered by a number of issues, such as natural disasters, local emergencies, even water scarcity. When water sources are compromised, it’s the water dealers who come to consumers’ rescue.

At press time, there are a number of situations clamoring for attention: the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s affect on health and societal norms; wildfires racing across parched California; heat waves across the desert Southwest and other weather-related destruction visited upon the Midwest and east coast, all of which are creating much higher demand and expectations for safe drinking water. And of course, bottled water is the mainstay of emergency preparedness and disaster response.

It is ironic to note that California’s exceedingly pro-environmental stance is in direct opposition to its needs: Napa Valley, Los Angeles County, Butte County and many others are suffering from wildfires that will adversely impact their populations and possibly their groundwater. California typically turns away from its anti-bottled water stance to embrace the bottled water industry when it needs it; however, it will again turn it’s back on this segment when the crises have passed. The state is currently contemplating even stiffer regulatory measures that will ultimately drive some of these companies out of business. See Global Spotlight for PWQA’s position on AB 1080 and SB 54, both included under the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.

Water vending is not new but not as widespread as in some countries that lack public water infrastructure. David Abraham of Josab India Pvt Ltd gives an in-depth look at this segment of the water industry and how India has put it into motion. While there are many water-vending companies in the US, it’s more a convenience than a necessity, as in less affluent and developed countries. UVC LED is becoming a viable technology for water coolers, water vending machines, office water dispensers and more. Sébastien Blumenstein, PhD, Crystal IS, presents a comprehensive article on the wide range of UV disinfection, how it works and why it’s a pivotal aspect of treatment for water devices.

For years, bottled water has outpaced soft drinks and other beverages, a trend that will likely continue. The healthy lifestyle movement, young but growing, will push favorites (such as soft drinks and juices) further down the standings over the next few years. To spotlight the bottled water industry, Jill Culora, IBWA VP of Communications, presents an overview of where the industry is headed and outlines its primary focus. Public Health Editor Kelly Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, takes it a bit further with a pro-and-con look at bottled water. With different regulating agencies in play, one might think that makes the bigger difference in quality. But the real difference is water sources and how they influence treatment and bottling processes. Waterborne illness traced to bottled water consumption is rare, but not unheard of so it must be noted as a possible outcome.

With so many conferences and other events being cancelled, postponed or moved to a virtual format, it appears we won’t be seeing you in person for awhile. Zoom just isn’t the same but it is a way to keep abreast of what is happening in the industry. WQA’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference, the Annual WateReuse Symposium and others have opted for a virtual participation that begs your attention. Don’t hesitate to take part in these to gain more industry insight on how to stay successful even when you can’t be there in person. Until we meet again, stay safe and do what is right. You won’t regret it.

Inline flow meter

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Clack Corporation introduces the two-inch Plastic Inline Flow Meter, an economical, glass-filled, composite unit that offers many advantages. It is non-corrosive and has union-style adapters that have a small range of motion to assist with installation and to account for flex during operation. The meter has service flow ranges from 1.5 gpm to 150 gpm (5.67 to 567.81 L/m) and its accuracy is rated at +/- 5 percent. Available with 28-inch (71.12-cm) and 15-foot (4.57-meter) cable lengths, in both NPT and BSPT threads.
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People

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Clark hired at IAPMO Oceana
The IAPMO Group announced the hiring of Graham Clark as Operations Manager of IAPMO Oceana, a new position within the organization. He is an engineering professional with 13 years of experience as a business and team leader. Prior to joining IAPMO Oceana, Clark spent four years with Rheem Australia, most recently as R&D Manager. Previously he was R&D Manager for CAMEC and Development Engineer for Davey Water Products. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Clark holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in engineering and commerce.

Sanderson named WEF Medical Officer
To ensure protection of the health and safety of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future, Andrew Sanderson, MD, MPH of Howard University has been named Chief Medical Officer for WEF. He will guide and assist the organization in providing reliable medical information to wastewater utility managers and workers, as well as conduct research and serve as a spokesperson on medical issues for the sector. A gastroenterologist with Weatherby Healthcare, Sanderson is also an Associate Professor at Howard University. His previous positions include medical officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services, fellow at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Howard University Hospital. Sanderson received his Master in Public Health from Harvard University, Doctor of Medicine from Howard University and Bachelor of Science in biology from Morehouse College.

ACS honorees named
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has selected Paul Alivisatos, PhD, of the University of California (UC), Berkeley as the recipient of the 2021 Priestley Medal, the Society’s highest honor. The Samsung Distinguished Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research and Professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley, he is being recognized for “foundational contributions to the chemistry of nanoscience, development of nanocrystals as nanotechnology building blocks and leadership in the chemistry and nanoscience communities.”

Mary Engelman will receive the ACS 2021 Award for Volunteer Service, presented annually to recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served ACS by contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the society. Engelman is being honored for her efforts in increasing public awareness of chemistry, mentoring young scientists and leading society activities.

AWWA President named, members appointed to boards
Melissa Elliott began her one-year term as President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) during a gavel-passing ceremony at AWWA headquarters. She is Director of Strategic Communication Services at Raftelis, where she consults with utilities across the United States. Elliott has been an AWWA member for over 15 years, during which time she has served as Chair of the Public Affairs Council. She has also served as Trustee and Chair of AWWA’s Rocky Mountain Section. Two AWWA leaders have been appointed to the boards of non-profit water organizations. CEO David LaFrance has been appointed to the Board of Water Education Colorado (WEco) and Tracy Mehan, Executive Director of Government Affairs, was elected to the River Network Board of Directors. LaFrance’s term with WEco began in January. Mehan’s term with River Network officially begins October 1.

US Junior Prize winners announced
WEF announced Zoe Gotthold the winner of the 2020 US Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. A student at Richland High School (Richland, WA), she developed prototypes of devices that promote oil flocculation at the surface and increase the efficacy of traditional oil-spill remediation techniques. Gotthold won $10,000 and will represent the United States at the international competition. The two US runners-up were Emily Tianshi (CA) and Emma Price (MO), who each received $1,000. Ishraq Haque (SC) received the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award from Xylem Inc. Beatrice Youd (WI) received the James L. Condon Recognition for Environmental Stewardship.

‘Doc’ Nowlin, industry pioneer, mourned
Duane ‘Doc’ Nowlin, PhD, passed away June 15 in New Brighton, MN at the age of 83. A much-revered water treatment industry professional, he made a mark on the industry that cannot be matched. Nowlin spent countless hours serving the industry on numerous WQA science and technical committees, the Board of Directors and Board of Governors, WQRF and as a frequent presenter at WQA conventions. He also served on the US EPA Drinking Water Advisory Council and as a member of the American Chemical Society and American Water Works Association.
Nowlin served as 1988-89 WQA President and chaired the WQRF Board in 1991. Prior to his 2002 retirement, Nowlin was Senior VP of Science & Technology and Chief Scientist for EcoWater, where he had spent most of his career (including at the affiliated Lindsay Co. or Spectrum Labs). As a result of his intense involvement in the industry, Nowlin was honored multiple times throughout his career. In 1977, he received the WQA Award of Merit, followed in 1986 by the Key Award. In 1995, Nowlin received WQA’s highest honor, the Hall of Fame Award, followed by the WQA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
Nowlin was preceded in death by his son, Carl and parents, Clarice ‘Sue’ and Denver ‘Shorty’ Nowlin. He is survived by his wife, Esther, sons David (Alba) and Mark, as well as six grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Global Spotlight

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

North America
Calgon Mississippi plant expanded
Calgon Carbon Corporation announced that it intends to expand capacity at its Pearlington (MS) plant by adding a second virgin activated carbon production line. The expansion is expected to add 38 jobs at the plant when complete. The estimated investment will be $185 million (USD). When completed, Calgon Carbon’s virgin granular activated carbon capacity will exceed 200 million pounds per year.

IWSH welcomed by World Plumbing Council
The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) announced it is the latest plumbing industry organization to join the World Plumbing Council (WPC). The WPC was established in 2000 and has at least one organizational (full or affiliate) member in 41 countries. Full members are mainly national-level plumbing industry associations and unions, while affiliate members include contractors, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, service providers and academic institutions.

US Water Alliance prize winners named
US Water Alliance announced the winners of the US Water Prize 2020: Denver Water was the winner of the Outstanding Public Sector Organization award while Marriott International was named Outstanding Private Sector Organization. Iowa Soybean Association took honors as Outstanding Nonprofit Organization and Flint Community Lab was named Outstanding Cross-Sector Partnership. National Correspondent Jose A. Del Real garnered Outstanding Journalism on the Value of Water for his series on California water issues and Outstanding Public Official was awarded to US Senator Ben Cardin (MD).

Ground Water Foundation changes announced
The Groundwater Foundation announced changes to its operations recently. Its work will mostly be consolidated into that of the NGWA, which operates the foundation. All correspondence should now be sent to 601 Dempsey Road, Westerville, OH 43081. If you have questions or concerns about how any of these changes may impact your efforts as a Groundwater Guardian, educator or foundation member, please contact Paul Humes, phumes@ngwa.org or (800) 551-7379, ext. 1520 or Terry Morse, tmorse@ngwa.org or (800) 551-7379, ext. 1504.

Water dispenser growth reported
The number of water dispensers in the US has been growing by around four percent a year and topped eight million for the first time in 2019, according to the US Water Dispense Market Report from Zenith Global. Revenue, however, fell by one percent to $4.1 billion after steady growth until 2017. Bottled water dispensers accounted for nearly six million units, 73 percent of the total, down from 78 percent in 2014. POU dispensers have grown from under 1.4 million to over 2.1 million during the past five years to take a 26-percent share.

Pool products for indoor disinfection announced
HASA Pool announced that its products can also be used to clean and disinfect indoor surfaces. The company’s liquid sanitizers are widely available to pool service professionals through a variety of distribution sources across the western US and to end-user customers at select retail dealer locations. These products can easily be repurposed in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for indoor disinfection.

ACS agreements announced
The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research (UNIT) have announced a landmark ‘read and publish’ agreement to advance open-access publication by researchers at the consortium’s nine member institutions. The agreement will run through the end of 2022, creating the potential for 100 percent of articles published by researchers in affiliated universities to be available open-access. ShanghaiTech University and the Publications Division of ACS announced their first publishing collaboration, creating a new journal for the worldwide research community, Accounts of Materials Research. This marked the first journal published by ShanghaiTech University and the first journal published by ACS in collaboration with an organization in China.

PWQA news
The Pacific Water Quality Association is seeking nominations to honor leaders in the water quality industry. Award recipients are selected from nominations submitted by members. Submissions may be made at https://pwqa.com/industry-awards/.

Europe
InnoBev awards for two water companies
The fourth annual InnoBev Awards, organized by Zenith Global, attracted over 120 entries from innovators across the worldwide soft drinks industry. Two water producers were honored with best-in-their-category awards: Essentia Water, LLC for Best Marketing/Social Media Campaign with its motto, ‘It Might As Well Be You’ and LUQEL, Best Technology Innovation for its Water Station Excellence.

Asia
ASTM, IAPMO agreement announced
ASTM International and IAPMO have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to promote collaboration in initiatives that advance public health and safety. The MOC relates directly to water sanitation and hygiene in Indonesia, the Philippines and other selected member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Viewpoint: Keeping the proper perspective on COVID-19

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

If you listen to the news too much, you might fear the global pandemic is heralding the end of the species. There are two sides to the argument of personal and public safety and the debate has often devolved into political rhetoric and heated emotional arguments. Whether you are pro or con about using masks, staying home, social distancing, etc., a lot of facts seem to be getting lost in the debates. To date, the information and policy reactions have caused more harm than the disease itself. We will have to wait on the research for any reasonable conclusions and solutions.
Each new study that contradicts what was disseminated in the media the week or month before sows even more confusion and concern. What we do know at this point is that this coronavirus infection is not waterborne. Although there have been a number of studies indicating the virus has been found in wastewater, nothing indicates that our drinking water supplies are at risk of being an infection vector. This is a point for water treatment dealers to make to their clients. As long as the public is being bombarded with competing agendas and information, however, it’s the water treatment professionals who will be called upon to give consumers some peace of mind. That can be accomplished by offering them added protection with a home water treatment system.
The pandemic will likely be with us indefinitely and planning now for what needs to be done in the future is the best way to weather the storm. As essential businesses, water treatment companies will be called upon more than ever to ensure public health is a top priority for everyone. To meet this challenge, exceptional products and customer service will be needed. It’s rather difficult to stay positive during a time of panic, but water treatment businesses and specialists have weathered worse trials.
In this ozone issue, we have an industry update from Jim Lauria of Mazzei Injector Company, LLC, on behalf of the International Ozone Association. While ozone treatment isn’t as common in the residential setting, it is well-suited to commercial and industrial applications. The association is now setting its sights on the larger industrial marketplace as a result. In addition, Greg Reyneke, MWS, of Red Fox Advisors gives an in-depth primer on residential ozone application.
Summer is supposed to be the time to enjoy the public or home swimming pool but this year things are decidedly different. That doesn’t mean pools should be overlooked, nor should maintenance be forgotten. Terry Arko of HASA, Inc. provides insight on the usage of liquid sodium hypochlorite to keep pool water safe for everyone. In addition, Public Health Editor Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, takes a side road to a new type of pool: those made from stock tanks. This is becoming a trend, due to space limitations and cost. But it doesn’t mean the water should be overlooked. Treatment is still a critical element for ensuring a safe swimming pool, whether it’s in the ground or above, private or municipal.
More and more shows have been turned into virtual events. Training sessions are being conducted online as well, so see the Upcoming Events section for the latest offerings. Being adaptive is a key element for success in water treatment and continuing to take advantage of the many educational sessions is important. It’s worth taking the plunge to learn more because it’s a big world out there!

People

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Bleed, Duve appointed to new WQA roles
WQA announced Marketing & Communications Director Wes Bleed has been named to the new, expanded role of Membership, Marketing & Communications Director, while Heather Duve became the new Membership and Development Associate Director. Bleed joined WQA in 2016 and has led the association’s overall marketing and communications strategy, website content, social media strategy, podcasts, advertising and promotion of all WQA programs and services. In his new role, he will have expanded responsibilities for directing and administering the Membership Department.

Duve, who joined WQA in 2016 as Membership Relations Manager, has achieved year-over-year record sponsorship participation for WQA events. She takes on additional responsibilities, such as administering WQA’s membership recruitment and retention programs, and supporting members and member committees in establishing membership standards.

Chestnut, LaForce, Schellhammer new NSF VPs
Tom Chestnut has been named VP and COO at NSF International, while Colette LaForce joins NSF as VP and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Joel Schellhammer serves in the newly created position of VP and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer (CSIO). Chestnut will support the needs of the growing organization and will focus on day-to-day operations across the company. He joined NSF in 2006 as VP of Supply Chain Food Safety and was promoted to lead the Global Food Division in 2009. LaForce will oversee marketing, communications and regulatory affairs for the global organization. She brings more than 20 years of experience leading global marketing, product marketing, digital, brand and communications teams across the technology and professional services industries.

LaForce previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at AMD, ICF, Dell Services and Cars.com. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame, has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology and CMO of the Year, and currently serves as board chair at Farms Work Wonders. Schellhammer will lead corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, standards development and digital and disruptive innovation. Most recently, he served as VP of Growth, Value Creation and Digital Innovation at Steelcase. Prior to Steelcase, Schellhammer held several roles at Kimberly-Clark. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Hillsdale College (Michigan), a Master’s Degree in Japanese studies (Cambridge University, UK) and also holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA).

Hach co-Founder dies
Hach Company announced that co-Founder Kitty Hach-Darrow has died at her home in Loveland, CO, at the age of 97. Her business acumen and innovative spirit are an enduring legacy at Hach, more than 70 years after she founded the company with her husband, Clifford. From modest beginnings, Hach grew to become one of the world’s most successful water quality analysis organizations, employing thousands of associates around the world. Kathryn ‘Kitty’ Carter was born in Bucklin, MO, in 1922, the only child of a Ford car dealer and a teacher. She began her education at what is now Columbia College, but later transferred to Iowa State University, where she met her future husband, a chemist named Clifford Hach. They married in 1943 and had three children. In 1947, Cliff and Kitty founded their company with $15,000 that Clifford had earned from the sale of a patent describing a new way to generate carbon dioxide to fight fires.

Global Spotlight

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

North America
HAWS master reps appointed
Haws announced the appointment of Musillo Sales Agency, Inc. as master rep for western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, serving the plumbing channel effective February 1. Based out of West Homestead, PA, the rep can be contacted at (412) 461-4544 or visit their website, www.musillosales.com. In addition, Rochester, NY-based Northeast Sales Associates was appointed as master rep for that territory, serving the plumbing channel, effective May 1. With offices in Albany and Buffalo, they can be contacted at (585) 223-5982 or visit their website, www.nesasales.com

Delta Pure moved announced
Delta Pure completed the consolidation of operations from Ashland, VA into AJR Filtration’s new 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Illinois. The physical relocation of inventory, production equipment and some key staff members was successfully accomplished in one week. The new facility is located at 1500 Harvester Road, West Chicago, IL 60185. The phone number remains the same at (804) 798-2888.

Legionella conference postponed
Legionella Conference: Prevention of Disease and Injury From Waterborne Pathogens in Health Care originally scheduled for August 19-21, has been rescheduled for January 20-22, 2021. The conference will be held at the same location. Co-hosts NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are rescheduling the conference because of public health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pool and spa organizations to join
The California Pool and Spa Association (CPSA) Board of Directors announced it has voted to affiliate with the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA). As part of the affiliation, PHTA will support CPSA’s government relations, meetings and events; administer the management, accounting and planning for the association and employ a full-time director dedicated to CPSA. Both parties are working on an agreement that will go into effect on July 1.

HASA expansion announced
HASA, Inc. announced a significant expansion into the greater Las Vegas, NV region through a strategic partnership with the Thatcher Group. In conjunction with the transaction, HASA will expand its distribution in the commercial and residential pool channel in Nevada with Thatcher as a strategic partner. Thatcher’s Henderson site will represent the eighth point of distribution for HASA, expanding the company’s footprint to an adjacent region and accelerating the growth of its mini-bulk service offering.

Aquatics Coalition launched
About 20 aquatics organizations have formed a new alliance to serve as an information resource and federal influence, with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance as part of the founding member group. The purpose of the coalition is to develop direction and tools to advocate for a safe return to purpose-driven, instructional aquatics under four tenets: with the possibility of shortages in lifeguards and safety protocols, the need for swim lessons becomes greater than ever with an anticipated rise in utilization of unguarded spaces; swim lessons can be safely administered with proper protective equipment and protocols; COVID-19 is not transmitted through chlorinated water and the mental and physical health benefits of aquatics sports cannot be understated.

Parker Hannifin® Corporation announced that it was awarded a $6-million (USD) contract by the US Marine Corps for its Village Marine platoon water purification system, known as the H2O-PRO. The system produces 600 gallons (2,271 liters) of potable water from any fresh, brackish or salt-water source daily.

Latin America
ACS journal partnership announced
The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce the signing of a landmark agreement with the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil. This agreement is the first of its kind that ACS has signed in Latin America and represents a monumental step for the expansion of open-access publication in the region.

Middle East
IDE awarded desal contract
IDE Technologies announced it has been chosen by the Tender Committee of Israel’s Ministry of Finance for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of the Sorek B facility. KfW IPEX-Bank announced it will provide €90 million in financing to IDE Technologies for the project. Upon completion, Sorek B will be the largest of its kind in Israel and one of the largest in the world, as it will maintain a capacity of 200 million m3 per year, providing fresh water at a benchmark-setting low cost. Other financial contributors to the project include Israeli bank, Leumi and the European Investment Bank.

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