Viewpoint: International concerns become local issuesTuesday, 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.