Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Wastewater odor guide

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

DESTech Publications introduces Wastewater Odor Production and Control: An Operator’s Guide by Michael Gerardi and Jon Gerardi with illustrations by Brittany Lytle. Some highlights of the book include ready-to-use operational procedures to solve specific odor problems; proven biological, chemical and physical methods for preventing and controlling odors in plants, sewer systems, tanks and lagoons; how daily plant variables like flow, water temperature, sludges, fats and grease affect odor generation and dictate strategies to combat it; explanation of field and lab tests needed to detect odor-causing situations and detailed investigation of the chemical and bacterial processes that cause odors from ammonia, sulfides, methane and many other compounds.
https://www.destechpub.com/product/wastewater-odor-production-control/

Water conditioners

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

The BroadHead H2O water conditioner prevents scale build-up, reduces existing scale and helps reduce corrosion in the home, irrigation system, swimming pool and more. These units work by subjecting calcium in water to alternating reversing-polarity permanent magnetic fields that alter the minerals’ ionic charge. Instead of attracting one another to create scale, they will repel each other and pass harmlessly through the system. It also reduces the water’s surface tension, enabling it to dissolve existing scale as well. The units are proudly made and manufactured in the USA.
www.broadheadh2o.com
(830) 570-6764

Liquid pumps

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Smart Products USA’s Series 3000 liquid pumps feature built-in check valves with customizable components. For optimal sealing in a wide variety of environments, customers can choose from four O-rings to include: Buna-N, EPDM, Viton® and Silicone. Other options include port size of 0.25-inch (6.35-mm) or 0.125-inch (3.175-mm) size, voltage of 12 or 24 VDC and more. Additionally, Series 3000 pumps are high-capacity, self-priming and non-polarized. They run wet or dry and feature a single diaphragm, positive displacement design.
https://smartproducts.com/pumps_series_3000_liquid_pumps.php

Stop valves, half cartridges and connectors

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

John Guest’s Speedfit® angle stop valve provides an extra line off of an existing stop, giving the user independent water flow control and the ability to upgrade or repair accessories without shutting off the main water supply. The valve is offered in white polypropylene with food-grade EPDM O-rings. The plastic half cartridge provides a quick, efficient and easy way of securing a Speedfit push-in connection into a wide variety of original equipment.
As the cartridge requires low insertion loads, it is suitable for many different housing materials. Twist-and-lock male and elbow connectors provide reliable and convenient connections for plastic and copper pipe. Simply push the fitting fully onto the pipe and twist the plastic nut clockwise to lock in place.


https://www.johnguest.com/

People

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Patterson added to Canature team
Canature WaterGroup announced the addition of Russell Patterson as Executive VP of Business Development. He will lead the Rainfresh® retail sales initiatives in the US and Mexico and be responsible for overall sales strategy in Mexico. An accomplished leader with extensive business strategy and operational management experience, Patterson has spent 34 years building his career in the water conditioning and retail industries. During his 20-year career with Marmon Water LLC, he held successive management positions, including serving as President of EcoWater Systems (2016-18) and of KX Technologies LLC (2007-15). Prior to joining Marmon Water, Patterson learned the consumer goods industry through his 14 years at Electrolux.

ASTM Board members announced
ASTM International announced its slate of six new Board of Director nominees for 2020, five of whom are women. In addition, the organization’s President, Katharine Morgan, unveiled a new Women in Standards video, highlighting the growing role of women in developing technical standards. The nominees are experts representing perspectives of industry, government, consumers and more. They include Francine Bovard, Senior Technical Specialist, Arconic; Bonnie McWade-Furtado, Associate Research and Development Scientist, Cabot Corp.; Carol Pollack-Nelson, PhD, Owner of Independent Safety Consulting LLC; Casandra W. Robinson, Physical Scientist, US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Dalia Yarom, Director of the Standardization Division, Standards Institution of Israel (SII). Michael J. Brisson, Technical Advisor, Savannah River National Laboratory, was also nominated.

2019 WEF Fellows selected
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced 15 distinguished members as the 2019 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature and contributions in the water profession. The members are: Bradley Fix, Indiana Water Environment Association; Adel Hagekhalil, California Water Environment Association; Jerome Iltis, Water Environment Association of Texas; Dr. Jose Jimenez, Florida Water Environment Association; Dr. Chih-Ming (Jimmy) Kao, Taiwan Environmental Engineering Association; Dr. Eakalak Khan, Nevada Water Environment Association; Dr. Richard Kuchenrither, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association; Garry Macdonald, Water New Zealand; Dr. Johannes (JB) Neethling, California Water Environment Association; Daniel F. Riney, Iowa Water Environment Association and Kansas Water Environment Association; Dr. Leonard Ripley, Water Environment Association of Texas; Kenneth Schnaars, Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee; Dr. Robert Sharp, New York Water Environment Association; Patrick Stevens, Indiana Water Environment Association and Dr. Berrin Tansel, Florida Water Environment Association. Additionally, Joe Stowe, Jr. has been selected as an honorary WEF Fellow for his eminence and contributions to the water profession as a leader in utility management and leadership. A WEF Life Member, Stowe has spent more than 50 years working in the water sector and led Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Utilities (now Charlotte Water) for 12 years.

Global Spotlight

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

North America
Hydronix move announced
Hydronix Water Technologies announced it has moved to 8630 Rochester Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same at (909) 527-6996 and (909) 527-6997, respectively.

ResinTech REACH Registration
ResinTech announced that it completed its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registration with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). REACH entered into force on June 1, 2007 and established procedures for collecting and assessing information on the properties and hazards of substances.

HealthWay, Culligan partnership announced
HealthWay and Culligan have partnered to offer consumers the complete environmental package of clean air and water. With the addition of 600+ Culligan dealers, there will now be nearly 1,000 dealerships that bring the message of clean air to the health-conscious consumer around the world. HealthWay’s advanced air purification systems feature a patented DFS technology which removes and destroys 99.99 percent of all particles down to 0.007 micron in size, including particles, VOCs and microorganisms.

WEF kids book now multilingual
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) continues to make WATER’S WORTH IT® accessible to international audiences with the coming release of its award-winning Why Water’s Worth It children’s book (https://watersworthit.org/resources/) in Spanish and French. All three editions, along with exclusive new merchandise (such as a kids’ t-shirt, coloring tote bag and a sticker-sheet featuring the book illustrations) were available for the first time at WEFTEC 2019.

LWCF to fund projects
US Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced $170,623,713 in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, five US territories and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars derived from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and are awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service. Bernhardt also announced an $83.7 million construction contract for the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project to bring clean and reliable water to tribal and rural communities in northwestern New Mexico. As part of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation’s water supply project is the cornerstone of the Navajo Nation San Juan River in New Mexico Water Rights Settlement Agreement.

Space water treatment announced
AquiSense Technologies has participated in 10 distinct aerospace projects. In 2015, the company was selected to participate in BIOWYSE, a Horizon 2020 project dedicated to designing and testing a water monitoring and treatment system for next-generation manned space stations. Since then, several other aerospace projects have sought the company’s water treatment technology. They include product design and hardware supply to both private space companies and various NASA groups, including those at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center. These projects range from keeping growth systems clean in space-bound greenhouses, to decreasing the maintenance burden from nuisance biofilm formation in enclosed systems, to disinfecting the water that astronauts drink on the International Space Station.

New Winsupply location opened
Winsupply Inc. has opened Winsupply of West Orange (County), in Ocoee, FL, serving residential plumbing contractors and MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) for theme parks, resorts and hotels in central Florida. President of Winsupply of West Orange Scott Karlson began his career as a plumber 34 years ago, shifting into wholesale plumbing supplies for the past 23 years. In 2018, he joined Winsupply of Orlando (Florida) to help grow its residential plumbing business and has now accepted the opportunity to become owner of a new Winsupply location. Although Winsupply of West Orange is a new location, Karlson and his team of seven employees have a combined 150 years of plumbing and distribution experience.

PWF, Xylem partnership expanded
During World Water Week 2019, Xylem Inc. and Planet Water Foundation (PWF) announced plans to extend and deepen their partnership. As part of the expanded partnership, which initially launched eight years ago to address water access issues in the world’s most impoverished communities, Planet Water Foundation will integrate Xylem pump products into all the non-profit’s water filtration and sanitation solutions. Since 2011, the two companies have provided education and access to safe, potable water in over 400 communities across 12 countries, supporting the daily drinking water requirements of nearly 500,000 people.

Water filtering cloth invented
Syracuse University senior Nikita Chatterjee and her roommate, Brianna Howard, had an idea to help provide access to safe drinking water in India. Many families in India use traditional sari cloth to filter water. Lab tests have shown four layers of cloth can help filter cholera bacteria but still leave many contaminants behind. (Water.org estimates that 21 percent of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water sources.) The students designed and built a prototype for an invention that combined a traditional sari with built-in, advanced water filters. Recognizing that first-world solutions do not always work for developing countries, their PAANI device is simple, familiar and practical for families who already use sari cloth for filtering. When the filters in the PAANI device are used up, henna dye produces an X symbol (universally meaning stop) on the cloth.

Fracking not affecting groundwater more
Conventional oil and gas production methods can affect groundwater much more than fracking, according to hydrogeologists Jennifer McIntosh from the University of Arizona and Grant Ferguson from the University of Saskatchewan. While groundwater use varies by region, about 30 percent of Canadians and more than 45 percent of Americans depend on the resource for their municipal, domestic and agricultural needs. Some of the water injected as part of oil and gas production activities is freshwater from the surface or from shallow aquifers. McIntosh said that could affect groundwater and surface water supplies in water-stressed regions, such as New Mexico or Texas.

Europe
2030 UN goal not being met
Just four countries have met the UN Sustainable Development Goals for everyone to have access to sanitation and safe drinking water by 2030. More than two billion people still need safe sanitation within the next 11 years. Life expectancy is 4.72 years shorter in countries where less than 70 percent of the population have access to drinking water and countries with limited access to basic drinking water experience significantly more deaths from preventable health risks and higher child mortality rates. Seven countries still provide less than half of their population with access to basic drinking water, while another 40 countries have no basic sanitation services for at least 50 percent of citizens, new research shows.

Viewpoint: International concerns become local issues

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

At press time, we are at the height of hurricane season and many storms are making their presence felt—in a big way. For the Houston, TX metro area, up to seven inches of rain are anticipated to accompany Hurricane Imelda. And more is coming. While most hurricanes spin up in the area of Western Africa, tropical depressions continue to form in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, promising even more flooding events. The Pacific coast is not without its own weather problems, even though most hurricanes in this region head out to open water rather than hug the western coastline.
What does this mean for you, as dealers and manufacturers? As with previous devastating hurricanes, flood water intrusion is a very real and common problem. Even after flood waters have receded, good water quality may be hard to find in affected areas. James Peterson of Crystal IS addresses these concerns in this issue. Being prepared means being ready to deal with major water quality problems and shortages. Dealers can be the first line of defense in these situations and manufacturers can assure the best possible solutions are deployed to disaster zones.
While natural disasters are problematic in the US on a more seasonal basis, weather-related crises are happening around the world, around the clock. If it’s not bad water quality, then water scarcity may well be at the root of entire nations’ stability. We are fortunate to have so many options in the US to deal with disastrous consequences but others across the globe are not so fortunate. Dale ‘DataDale’ Filhaber addresses this in her recap of a recent visit to Africa. Eye-opening is the simplicity of solutions and the need for help. A great many manufacturers and dealers are already at the forefront of philanthropic endeavors and there are always more, imperative reasons to be part of a global solution.
Speaking of solutions, many people (especially those of the younger generations) believe that all problems are solvable with technology. And that may be true, in part, as the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more established across the globe. Manufacturers in all industries are embracing the ability to wire our world. WQA’s Kathleen Fultz examines how governments are attempting to produce a framework of regulations to ensure the safety of data that is traversing the Internet across and to these IoT devices. While the high-speed of life is already at a break-neck pace, privacy issues keep cropping up because no regulatory framework actually exists in any country.
As we review the ways technology has done marvelous things for our standard of living, there are shortfalls yet to be overcome. For the water treatment industry, that relates to water testing requirements and systems now in place. Real-time results would better equip agencies to more adequately deal with contamination events, to reassure people their water is safe. Now, there’s reason to be positive this will be a reality. Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds reports on a new Smartphone technology that when deployed, will give results in minutes or hours instead of days. Not only will the phone be able to define outbreaks, it will be able to track them as well. For consumers, this will mean fewer disruptions to their water sources as well as quicker resolutions for boil-water alerts.
That’s a lot to take in as the world speeds by but we’ll be there to keep you up-to-date and as well-informed as possible. You are the ones consumers will rely on to keep them safe. We feel honor-bound to make sure you have the latest and greatest information to allow your businesses to meet changing conditions and rectify problems as they arise, if not before.

Service and replacement part kits

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Bluewater Group USA service tool and spare-parts kits are now available. Contained in sturdy and light-weight carry cases, these service kits have everything needed to service a Bluewater purifier in one trip. Each kit contains the following: Pro & Spirit filter wrench; Cleone filter wrench; Tee Handle pump puller; Alvin six-inch (15.24-cm) nose pliers; O-ring lube, silicone; Husky four-piece precision pick set; Vaughn 12-ounce (0.3-kg) soft-face mallet; John Guest collet release tool and more. Spare part kits may include: gears and belts; gaskets; conductivity sensors; O-rings; check valves; pressure switches and much more. Download the appropriate order form, complete and submit. Contact the company for ordering information for spare parts.
https://bluewatergroup.us18.list-manage.com/track/click?u=74beb512c3ceff199f9955709&id=ee8f0df58a&e=5cc3b17942, InfoUSA@bluewatergroup.com

PFAS modeling program

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Battelle introduces its digital tool to determine where PFAS substances are going once they have been introduced into groundwater. The PFAS Predict program has options to scale dispersion processes based on modeling PFAS groundwater plumes. It takes into account the age of contaminants, degradation components and overall characteristics of PFAS chemicals in groundwater media. This proprietary program is compatible with industry standard MODFLOW groundwater flow models and conceptual site models. https://www.battelle.org/inb/pfas

Canned water

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

RightWater offers a plastic-free solution by packaging water from natural springs in 100-percent recyclable aluminum and BPA-free, 12-ounce (0.3-liter) cans. As a value-added product for water treatment-minded customers, this could give dealers the opportunity to provide a responsible hydration feature with a bonus charity component. Sales help fund clean-water projects. Produced in the US, every can is hand-inspected to ensure quality.
https://www.drinkrightwater.com

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