Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

Swingbolt vessels

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Delta Pure Filtration’s SBV Series multi-round swingbolt vessels are economical solutions for industrial liquid filtration applications. All vessels come with welded support/mounting legs. Heavy-duty, self-centering swingbolts with single O-ring seals provide secure cartridge access. Sizes are available that hold from four to 102 cartridges in standard 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-inch (25.4-, 50.8-, 76.2- and 101.6-cm) lengths. Flow capacities are determined by type of cartridge utilized and process conditions. Vessels are designed and fabricated in accordance with ASME vessel code (U or UM Stamp). With all 304 or 316 stainless steel construction and various O-ring materials available, the SBV Series vessels are compatible with a wide range of fluids. The type of cartridges that can be used include: wound, melt blown, pleated, carbon, resin-bonded, stainless steel and others. In addition, universal mounting allows for installation of DOE, 222/Fin and 222/Cap cartridge configurations. Pressure gauges and transmitters are available with other accessories. Duplex and packaged systems are also available.
https://www.deltapure.com/sbv-series/

Solenoid valves

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Emerson introduces expanded options available on its ASCO lead-free, brass solenoid valve line to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and contractors to comply with US Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Section 1417. Series 210 model will now be available with both normally open and normally closed constructions. An optional Next Generation electronically enhanced coil will offer customers lower power consumption and voltage-ranging options for both AC and DC constructions. It also boosts the pressure ratings on DC constructions to match AC pressure ratings. In addition, 1.25-, 1.5- and 2-inch (31.7-, 38.1- and 50.8-mm) pipe sizes have been added. The lead-free brass versions of the Series 262 and 263 models will be available with the Next Generation electronically enhanced solenoid coil.
https://www.emerson.com/en-us/news/automation/1911-lead-free-brass-valves

Multi-diaphragm metering pump

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Blue-White Industries’ Chem-Pro® CD3 multi-diaphragm metering pump is designed as a solution for pumping gas-forming chemicals, such as peracetic acid and sodium hypochlorite. The CD3 Dual Diaphragm Hyperlink Drive technology pumps chemicals continuously, is self-priming and will not vapor-lock. The patented, ultra-durable diaphragm design will last the life of the pump, which makes it highly reliable and requires zero maintenance. The energy-efficient, brushless DC variable-speed motor helps achieve a large turn-down ratio for extreme accuracy. With a flow range of 0.05 to 53 gph (0.2 to 200 L/h), leak detection, simple installation and setup, and fittings for multiple configuration included, this pump is just what is needed to precisely inject chemicals into a system. Units are CE, ETL and NEMA 4X. Blue-White is an ISO 9001:2015-compliant manufacturer.
www.blue-white.com
info@blue-white.com

People

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

IAPMO’s Hansen promoted, Carrier hired
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has promoted Dain Hansen to Executive VP of Government Relations, in recognition of his vital work in Washington, DC and across the globe. Since joining The IAPMO Group in 2010, he has overseen an expansion of the association’s influence among government policymakers, both in the US and abroad, including (notably) India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Hansen manages IAPMO’s global policy interests before foreign governments, the US Congress, the White House, federal and state regulatory agencies, and state legislatures. He also helps manage International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), the IAPMO Group’s charitable arm. In this role, Hansen made great strides in developing IWSH into a well-recognized and highly regarded philanthropic entity in the water sector. He has organized and participated in Community Plumbing Challenge projects, bringing clean water and safe sanitation to people who lack them in Nepal, India, South Africa, Indonesia and the Navajo Nation in the US. Hansen will continue his important role with the IWSH team.
IAPMO has hired Jerry Carrier as Senior VP of Uniform Evaluation Services (UES) and the Institute of Building Technology (IBT). He will oversee UES operations and the building products test lab in this newly created position at the IAPMO Group World Headquarters in Ontario, CA. A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, Carrier joined Glen-Gery Corp. in 1989 as a design advisor. He was promoted to Director of Technical Services in 2001 and Director of Research and Development in 2008. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in strategic and technical/business leadership, in addition to his 30-plus years of providing design, detailing and installation advice to owners, architects, engineers, contractors and masons to ensure code compliance, durability and performance.

Congressional members honored by WQA
US Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has been named a WQA Congressional Champion Award honoree for co-sponsoring per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) legislation, including a new law directing a nationwide survey of PFAS contamination. The award was presented during the annual WQA Fly-In. Tillis has been one of the main Republican supporters of PFAS legislation over the past two years, co-sponsoring several WQA-endorsed bills. One of those, the PFAS Detection Act, which became law last year, directs the US Geological Survey to conduct a nationwide survey of PFAS contamination in water sources, including private wells. Tillis also has signed onto a letter calling on the US EPA to set a maximum contaminant level for both PFOA and PFOS, two of the ‘forever’ chemicals known collectively as PFAS. US Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) was honored with the WQA Congressional Champion Award for his support of water-related legislation, particularly legislation to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination. As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, Tonko has led committee debates and amendments for numerous PFAS bills, including several that WQA has endorsed. He has co-sponsored several bills to combat PFAS contamination, including one that would require the US EPA to publish a maximum contaminant level for total PFAS.

Bayley appointed at Pure Water Group
Phil Bayley joined the Pure Water Group in March as Senior Sales Engineer. He will be part of the EDI support team. Bayley brings more than a decade of direct experience in EDI technologies. He can be contacted via email, p.bayley@purewatergroup.com or EDIsupport@purewatergroup.com.

Long-time Culligan Man mourned
In February, lifetime Culligan Man Charles ‘Chuck’ Hurst died in Reno, NV. An active California water treatment dealer, he graduated from Paso Robles High, attended Fresno State University and earned his degree in industrial technology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In 1972, Hurst assumed a management position in the family-owned Culligan business founded by his father, Fred. One of Hurst’s immediate successes was the establishment of a bottled-water division to complement their soft-water services. In 1985, he and his wife (Jeri) took over ownership of the business (which consisted of two dealerships: Santa Maria and Paso Robles) then in 2012, sold the business to his son Justin and his wife Becky. Hurst is fondly remembered as an integral part of the Culligan organization, serving on the Dealer Advisory Committee as one of the original founders of CDANA (Culligan Dealers Association of North America), as well as a vociferous opponent to California SB1006. He was also a founding member of the California Bottled Water Association. He is survived by his wife; his children, Justin (Becky) Hurst and Nick Kioski (Emalee); sister Vicky Jeff-coach and five grandchildren. The family requests donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or the Michael J Fox Foundation, in lieu of flowers.

Global Spotlight

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

North America
COVID-19 update
At press time, due to global measures being taken to combat COVID-19, many conferences have been cancelled or postponed. Several events have been postponed until later in 2020 or 2021, while some will be held as virtual events. In the US, the impact on the water industry is broad, as water infrastructure and related activities (such as maintenance, well drilling, plumbing and more) have been been designated essential. Check with local governments to find out any restrictions that may apply.

US EPA reuse plan to be implemented
US EPA, alongside federal partners, will release the National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative Implementation, a collection of bold actions developed in collaboration with water-sector organizations that will reshape the way communities around the nation manage water. The plan identifies 37 actions across 11 strategic themes to give communities tools to consider and adopt water reuse as part of an integrated water resources plan.

New rule replaces WOTUS
US EPA and the Department of the Army (Army) finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define waters of the United States on January 23 and thereby establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act, through which Congress explicitly directed the agencies to protect navigable waters. The new rule regulates these waters and the core tributary systems that provide perennial or intermittent flow into them.

International water tasting winners announced
The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting gave out awards in February to waters from three continents. Four continents had waters among the 118 entries. Mission Springs Water District, Desert Hot Springs, CA, received the municipal water category award. The Best Bottled Water winner was Hita no Homare Cosmo Water, Hita, Oita, Japan. Sparkling Water honors went to Voyage Spring Water, Putaruru, NZ. Waterfy Me of Gaithersburg, MD, won the purified water category. The People’s Choice packaging category was won for the fourth year in a row by Svalbaroi Polar Iceberg Water from Longyearbyen, Norway. Another People’s Choice category (added in 2018) was Flavored Essence Sparkling Water, won by Asarasi Sparkling Tree Cherry Lime from Katonah, NY. The 31st annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2021.

ASTM chemical standard released
A new ASTM International standard, D8310, will be used to help measure the concentration of potentially hazardous surfactants that are used in consumer and industrial products. Chemicals covered in the new standard are released into the environment through direct use and down-the-drain disposal. Regulatory organizations, industry trade groups and laboratories will be able to use the new standard to measure the concentration of targeted phenols and movement of the phenols in the environment. This effort directly relates to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 on clean water and sanitation.

Clean Water Services acquired
Clearwater Systems Incorporated of Akron, OH, announced the acquisition of Clean Water Services, effective February 1. Since 1995, Clean Water Services has served the customers of northwestern Washington. Clearwater now has 17 locations throughout Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

Online UV LED resource launched
Non-profit RadTech and IUVA have developed a new website to document and track UV LED technology at uvledsource.org. The site consolidates technical papers and articles on diverse UV LED subjects in a convenient, easy-to-search online resource. It’s designed to comprehensively educate those interested in UV LED technology, with new papers added regularly to reflect the ongoing work of RadTech and IUVA members.

Winsupply new business news
Winsupply Inc. has opened Tri State Winsupply in Dubuque, IA, serving plumbing, heating and air conditioning, water-well and septic contractors in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. In another transaction, Winsupply Inc. closed on the purchase of assets of ASAP Industrial Supply, an industrial pipe, valves and fittings distributor in southern California. Details of the purchase were not disclosed. ASAP Industrial Supply, which is changing its name to Inland Empire Windustrial and becoming part of the Winsupply Family of Companies, serves industrial contractors in the Inland Empire of California with pipe, valves and fittings.

Residential water can vary widely
According to a new Purdue University study, drinking water in the service line is clearly not the same quality at the faucet, as noted by Andrew Whelton, Associate Professor Of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Water quality in a home can differ in each room and change between seasons. Researchers from Purdue, the University of Memphis and Michigan State University conducted the study, published in the journal Building and Environment. So far, it’s the largest and most intensive investigation of water quality over time, conducted throughout a single, three-bedroom house (in West Lafayette, IN) that also functions as a living laboratory for developing technologies that would make homes more sustainable. Researchers collected data 58 times over the course of a year, logging more than 222,000 hours and 2.4 billion records. While more studies at this scale are needed before generalizing findings of other American homes, the results are concerning: 10 percent of the time disinfectant was not found in the water entering the house studied, meaning that the water was not properly protected from bacteria growth once it entered the home.

Mangrove tree research published
The mangrove tree survives in its subtropical habitat by efficiently converting the salty water of its environment into fresh water—an engineering feat that has long baffled scientists. A team of researchers in the lab of Yale Engineering Professor Menachem Elimelech has developed a water-purifying device that mimics the mangrove. In addition to offering a better understanding of plants’ plumbing systems, it could lead to new desalination technologies. The results appeared February 21 in Science Advances. The device, which the researchers call an artificial mangrove, combines the desalinating effects of the mangrove’s root, the capillary pumping of the leaves and the water-conducting capability of the stem.

OxyMem honored
The Water and Energy Exchange (WEX) Global Awards 2020 presented in Valencia, Spain, saw DuPont Water Solutions shortlisted in five of 10 categories and OxyMem awarded the Innovation in Process Technology Award. The company was honored to receive this recognition of achievement in the water sector. OxyMem was one of four acquisitions undertaken by DuPont Water Solutions in 2019 as part of the organization’s plan to be the most innovative provider of water purification and filtration solutions in the global market.

Asia
Consultancy firm expansion announced
Oxford, UK-based Amane Advisors has expanded its presence in the growing Southeast Asia and India markets with the addition of Pravi Bansal as its Managing Partner in Singapore. The company also has offices in France, the US, Bahrain, Singapore and China. It serves all segments of the water industry, advising clients on matters related to their growth.

India bulk-water supply project announced
SPML Infra Limited has received a large bulk-water supply project order worth Rs. 546.96 Crores ($77 million) for the externally funded Bengaluru Water Supply & Sewerage Project (Phase 3). It will cover supply, fabrication, laying and jointing 25.5 kilometers (15 miles) of pipeline for clear water transmission mains from Harohalli to Vajarahalli. The work will include laying uPVC conduit for fiber optic cable throughout the length of the pipeline on either side of the pipe and associated works. The project, expected to be completed in 30 months, will supply an additional 775 million liters (204 million gallons) of water per day to Bengaluru city. The project is envisaged to be completed in 30 months.

Correction
In the February Water Matters column, the arsenic values were noted in parts per million (ppm). This should be parts per billion (ppb).

The dark side of globalization

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

As most know (unless you’ve been practicing survival skills on a deserted island since last November), we live in an age of emerging contaminants, infectious diseases and, in our older years, a host of medical issues. It’s no wonder people tend to not only express concern, but openly panic in response.

As many of our industry players are involved in bottled water production and sale, we want to know how you are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic as it makes its presence known in America. In addition to hoarding, we now have social distancing, event cancellations, travel disruptions and serious adverse impacts on business, all of which are adding to the panic reaction seen on Wall Street. If hoarding (in this sense) is a response to panic and water is life, how does our industry best deal with it?

An advisory from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce has provided further detailed guidance on identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Broadly, DHS has included as essential all the roles workers in the water treatment industry play in delivering clean, safe water—from manufacturing through the entire chain of distribution to delivery and installation, including technical professionals, service providers, product installers, repair and parts replacement workers and supporting operations workers.

At press time, a great many events listed on our website are noted as postponed or cancelled. We’ll keep a close eye on this so we can add future dates, should show hosts find a better time to hold their events. Be ready for interactive format meetings and events as a replacement for large-scale conventions. Some have been postponed to the later months of the year, adding travel challenges due to winter weather impacts, while others have been cancelled outright. If, as a vendor or attendee, you receive notification of an event cancellation that we haven’t noted, please do send it to us. We strive to keep our calendar as up-to-date as possible.

This being the commercial/industrial issue, we’re featuring a technical article on each topic. Matthew Wirth of Pargreen Water Technologies presents an in-depth article on what happens when organics intrude on commercial RO systems. Remember, in large applications, failure is not an option! On the industrial side of things, reuse has been emerging in many larger manufacturing operations, as well as in the wastewater industry. Due to the finite supply of water usable for drinking and cooking, efforts should continue to be made to find and utilize non-potable water on a larger scale everywhere.

Greg Reyneke, MWS, of Redfox Advisors, writes a column every other month that is dedicated to helping you improve your business. Tech tips, common-sense approaches and more are what he offers. This month, he takes on a special subject: how to manage risk in a crisis situation. He notes that although we can’t predict or plan for every eventuality, or control what happens, we can always control how we respond.

Our Public Health Editor, Kelly Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, is a nationally noted microbiologist on whom we rely heavily for the latest and greatest information that concerns all things water. This month, she focuses on the possibility of waterborne transmission of COVID-19, based on what a recent Water Research Foundation webinar of experts discussed and what our industry can do to reassure the public we are right there with them in this fight.
We would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to our former Editor, Darlene Scheel. We were notified of her passing late last year. Scheel joined WC&P in the summer of 1985 as a part-time staffer under Editor and Publisher, Jerry Peterson. She came to the magazine with no prior magazine experience, but was well-versed in newspaper reporting in her previous assignments in Michigan and Florida. Scheel was pivotal to the continued success of WC&P during her seven years as Editor and retired from the company in 1994.

In closing, please keep abreast of what is happening in your area through valid information sources and follow the guidance set forth by your health department or local government. Help stop the panic!

People

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Hubbard named Director at Canature
Jeff Hubbard has been appointed Director of Sales–US Independent Dealers at Canature WaterGroup (CWG). He has held successive sales roles at CWG, most recently serving as the Director of Commercial Business Development–US. In his new role, Hubbard will support the growth of Hydrotech water conditioning products in the US, as well as develop new opportunities to expand partnerships with independent water dealers. With 28 years of industry experience, he has an in-depth knowledge of water treatment, with a strong background in training, sales, service, application and troubleshooting. Hubbard can be reached by email at jeff.hubbard@canaturewg.com or by cell at (612) 232-7756.

Sham named AWWA President-elect
The American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors elected Dr. Chi Ho Sham as the association’s next President-elect. VP and Chief Scientist for the Eastern Research Group, Inc., he has been an AWWA member since 1989. Sham is chair of AWWA’s Technical & Educational Council and the Stormwater Utility Management Committee, and an active member of the New England Section. He will begin his term as President-elect in June at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, FL. Sham’s one-year presidential term will begin in June 2021.

Milne, Proteau promoted by ACS Publications
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named James Milne, PhD, President of the ACS Publications Division. He has served as acting President since September 2019. Based in Oxford, UK, Milne joined ACS in 2016. In his role as President, he will oversee the publication of the society’s more than 60 peer-reviewed journals, a suite of eBooks, as well as the weekly news periodical, Chemical & Engineering News. Philip J. Proteau, PhD, of Oregon State University was named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Natural Products. Under Proteau’s leadership, the journal will increasingly focus on significant studies on natural products biosynthesis.

Cerahelix appoints new COO
Cerahelix, Inc. welcomed William ‘Bill’ Paulus as Chief Operating Officer. He brings more than 29 years’ experience in manufacturing and global operations. Paulus will be responsible for leading all operational, developmental and manufacturing functions, while bringing the company’s flagship product through scaled manufacturing.

Thorsten, Puente keynoters for symposium
Chief Impact Officer for water.org, Dr. Richard E. Thorsten and Robert Puente, President/CEO of the San Antonio Water System, will be the keynote speakers for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), May 12-13 in San Antonio, TX. Thorsten will discuss critical roles of financing access to piped water and off-grid sanitation solutions in developing countries. He will also outline examples of partnerships that water.org has undertaken in these markets, especially connecting water utilities and product manufacturers with sources of household and enterprise financing. Before coming to SAWS as President/CEO, Puente served in the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in 1991, he was appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee, which develops water policy for the state.

WinSupply promotions announced
Winsupply Inc. announced the promotions of Eddie Gibbs to Senior VP of Vendor Relations and Amy Souders to VP of Vendor Relations. Gibbs began his career in 1971 with Hughes Supply and later joined Noland Company in 2003 (Winsupply acquired Noland in 2005). He will celebrate his 39th year in the industry next year. Souders began her career at Noland Company in 2001 in that company’s management trainee program. She became a showroom consultant before moving to Noland headquarters as a corporate showroom trainer and eventually became Corporate Showroom Manager in 2006. Souders relocated in 2008 and became Finished Plumbing Product Marketing Manager in 2012.

Genesis instructors named
Pool & Hot Tub Alliance company GENESIS® announced the addition of faculty members to its instructor roster for the start of the fall 2020 educational season. Joining GENESIS will be Greg Andrews; Terry Brannon, PE; Larry Drasin; Michael Given, SWD-registered and Kate Wiseman, MLA. These instructors, along with current faculty, are poised to lead the industry and provide the accredited education necessary to the 1,800-plus students in the GENESIS program.

WWEMA award winners named
In November, 2019, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) named George Vorsheim, COMMS Contractor, Environment One Corporation, recipient of the 2019 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award. Lauryn Polito, a WWEMA member employee’s child who is attending Mississippi State University, was awarded WWEMA’s annual $1,000 (USD) scholarship. She is pursuing a degree in environmental science in agricultural systems with a minor in international agriculture and a track to a Masters in Business Degree. Polito has been active in the environmental arena for many years and is a recipient of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Global Spotlight

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

North America
Lead content maximum lowered
The joint committee governing the American National Standards for drinking water treatment units recently lowered the maximum allowable concentration of lead in treated drinking water to five ppb or less—a 50-percent drop from the previous 10 ppb—and a threshold that matches Health Canada’s new maximum allowable concentration level. The new lead pass/fail criteria has been published for NSF/ANSI 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Health Effects and NSF/ANSI 58: Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Treatment Systems. Updates to both standards were published in December and are effective immediately for any new filter or filtration device claiming to reduce lead.

Groundwater Foundation helping with private wells
The Groundwater Foundation announced it has kicked off its year-long effort to drill water wells for low-income families across the US who lack access to clean water. On February 4, drilling began on a new water-well system for the Saleh family in Crete, IL. Last year, the Groundwater Foundation donated $100,000 (USD) to the Water Well Trust to fund a program that pays for the initial cost of drilling a well. Participating families are given a 20-year, one-percent interest loan.

US EPA funds SRFs
US EPA announced the availability of $2.7 billion (USD) for State Revolving Funds (SRFs), which assists states, tribes and territories with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the country. The 2020 annual allocation for the four US EPA Region 7 states is: Iowa – $38.95 million; Kansas – $27.13 million; Missouri – $63.46 million and Nebraska – $19.12 million.

Xylem, Waterboys helping with wells
A rural Virginia family, displaced from their home after their water well failed, received the gift of clean water through the first project of Hometown H2O, a domestic water program aimed at bringing education and access to clean and sustainable water to people and communities in need across the US. Hometown H2O is an extension of The Chris Long Foundation’s Waterboys initiative and the result of a partnership announced in December 2019 with Xylem Inc.

Solar water technology honored
GivePower received the first-place Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award for its Solar Water Farm technology. The containerized, solar-powered water desalination and purification technology can be rapidly deployed in coastal regions around the world suffering from a shortage of clean water.

IUVA technology award winner named
The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) inaugural 2020 Emerging Technology Award has been bestowed on the Oasis International QUASAR system, a UV-C LED system for point-of-dispense disinfection. This type of treatment ensures the beverage water is getting the right amount of disinfection with no opportunity to become infected at another point and prevents outlet-sourced contamination or bacteria growing up the pipeline from the point of use.

WFC to address coronavirus
The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, has caused a worldwide concern about a potential pandemic. On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency. Wallace Leung, Chair of World Filtration Congress 13 and past Chair Professor of Innovative Products & Technologies in Mechanical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will deliver a timely presentation at the upcoming World Filtration Congress on filtration innovations and technologies designed to fight the spread of viruses.

Water technology takes top CES honors
The WaterSwitch® smart-home, whole-house, water management system was named CES 2020 Product of the Year at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. The system will identify and quantify any leak in the plumbing system. The technology is protected by two US patents, as well as 11 international and additional US patents pending, and is US EPA WaterSense-approved.

Pool drain cover standard updated
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) announced the publication of its updated ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 American National Standard for Suction Outlet Fitting Assemblies (SOFA) for Use in Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs, approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This approval was originally published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2019 (Vol. 84, No. 101) and will go into effect on November 24, the 18-month deadline specified by the PHTA-16 Standard Writing Committee (SWC), which includes CPSC staff representation.

WinSupply news
Winsupply Inc. announced it has has closed on the purchase of Morgan Brothers Supply, Inc., a plumbing wholesale distributor primarily serving central and northern Florida. Details of the asset purchase were not disclosed. Morgan Brothers Supply was founded in 1980 and has grown rapidly to seven locations and nearly 120 employees to serve plumbing contractors and general contractors, developers, homeowners and correctional institutions. The company has six plumbing showrooms. Arnold Hardy, previously Sales Manager at Morgan Brothers, becomes President of the company, which will continue to do business as Morgan Brothers Supply. Winsupply Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest regional distribution center, a 272,000-sq. ft. center in Jacksonville, FL, the company’s fifth major regional distribution center (RDC).

Master’s Coffee acquisition
Master’s Coffee and Water Service has acquired the assets of Glacier Pure Drinking Water. Master’s will offer coffee products and services to Glacier’s water customers, as well as more product choices, such as filtered water coolers.

Europe
NSF UK certification program announced
NSF International has introduced NSF REG4, an independent certification program that enables manufacturers of plumbing products and materials to demonstrate compliance with the UK’s Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations of 1999 and with equivalent water regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland. NSF REG4 certifies mechanical products and non-metallic materials that are in contact with drinking water and is the new reference program for the UK market.

Guest Viewpoint from WQA President Steve Ver Strat

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Steve Ver Strat, President, Water Quality Association
Amway Regulatory Policy Director

What an exciting time to be the Water Quality Association President! Our industry is stronger than ever, our association growing and expanding, and we are preparing to develop our Vision 20/20 at the upcoming WQA Convention and Exhibition. The industry continues to strengthen for several reasons. A key driver is the fundamental shift in consumer attitudes toward their drinking water. In the wake of Flint, MI (and now Newark, NJ), consumers continue to be concerned about lead.
Media reports are also leading them to worry about PFAS (the so-called ‘forever chemicals’) and other emerging contaminants. Although municipal water suppliers do an amazing job providing drinking water that meets state and federal standards, customers are increasingly looking to our industry for peace of mind. This need for credible assistance only reinforces the importance of our representatives to be trained and certified. WQA maintains a focus on the importance of certified products and works to speak authoritatively on behalf of our industry. As an example, last year we traveled to Newark to help the city educate the public on the use of certified products to protect against lead in their drinking water.
WQA’s updated Code of Ethics became effective in January this year. The associated marketing guidelines now set the expectation that member companies use terms like water softener as the industry has defined them in the WQA Knowledge Base Glossary. All WQA members and certified professionals pledge to uphold the Code of Ethics and this is essential for our credibility. We reviewed some of the updates to the code in a February 5 webinar, which can be viewed at wqa.org/webinars. We also are planning a general session panel discussion during the WQA Convention and Exposition, Ethics in the Water Treatment Industry, for which I highly recommend your attendance.
In fact, I highly recommend you attend all three days of the convention, April 1-3 in Orlando, FL. In view of our Vision 20/20 theme, we’re going to explore all the great ways our industry is growing and flourishing in 2020, and this continued expectation for years to come. Our keynote speaker, Simon T. Bailey, is the author of 10 books on being fearless and creating our future. He’s going to talk about how to “be the spark” for your business as part of our Opening General Session. Updates on the state of the association, inspiring words from WQA leaders, presentation of annual leadership awards and election of new members to the WQA Board of Directors will also be included in that session.
Our trade show will feature nearly 250 exhibiting companies offering the latest products and services in water treatment. We’ve expanded the hours this year so that everyone can take advantage of all the exposition has to offer, including the Learning Lab and Business Spotlights. Dozens of fascinating and challenging education sessions will cover such topics as emerging contaminants, commercial and industrial applications of water treatment, WQRF research and business operations topics. Attendees are welcome to visit most of the committee, section, advisory council and board of directors’ meetings, which will feature lively discussions on industry topics. Certified professionals can pick up potentially dozens of hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits at the technical sessions.
If you are looking for more education in water treatment topics, consider our two technical workshops, the Commercial/Industrial RO Sizing Workshop and Introduction to Water Contaminants and Drinking Water Regulations MEP Workshop, offered on April 3 at an additional registration fee. Each offers the opportunity to earn 0.4 CPD total. If you are a dealer looking for practical tools and tips for running your water treatment business, consider coming a day early for the WQA Business Boot Camp on March 31. Create the Vision is the theme for the day-long, intensive workshop that features water industry and outside experts’ presentations on leadership, hiring, retaining and onboarding employees. More information and registration for all these events are available at our convention website: wqa.org/convention.
My presidency draws to a close at convention time, but I could not be more excited about the future of this great association. Thank you again for working with me and I look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

People

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

PWQA Board announced
The Pacific Water Quality Association unanimously elected its new Executive Board in October 2019. Members include President Greg Reyneke, MWS; VP Irma Bishop, MWS; Secretary/Treasurer Russell ‘Russ’ Harrison, MWS and Immediate Past President Shannon Murphy. Reyneke has two decades of experience in the management and growth of water treatment dealerships. His expertise spans the full gamut of residential, commercial and industrial applications, including wastewater treatment and serving on the WQA Board of Directors. Reyneke is also a member of the WC&P Technical Review Committee.

Bishop, a 15-year veteran of Culligan and an eight-year US Air Force veteran, has managed offices in Las Vegas and Austin, NV. For the last five years, she has been the Area Manager for the Hall’s Culligan dealerships in southern California.

Harrison is Kinetico’s Key Accounts and Commercial Dealer Manager, as well as a Master Plumber with experience in residential and commercial plumbing and HVAC. He is a Past President of Arizona WQA.

Murphy is involved with TST Water/Aquamor’s strategic planning, product development, regulatory compliance, life-cycle analysis, platform sales and marketing strategies for the retail, food service, pro and OEM platforms. He is a current NSF International Joint Committee member, heavily involved with state and federal programs for small system compliance issues. The new year is already proving to be very active for this team as they bring the association into compliance with California’s new AB5 contractor law, update bylaws and continue engagement with the state of California to help more Californians find access to clean, safe and affordable water.

Metzger added to ResinTech division
ResinTech® announced that it hired Marianne Metzger to lead business development efforts for the company’s Laboratory Services division. She brings over two decades of environmental testing experience, including nearly five years in leadership positions at the Eastern Water Quality Association. Before joining ResinTech, Metzger held sales leadership positions at National Testing Laboratories and CNA Environmental-Ballston. An avid gem-mining enthusiast, she graduated from Case Western Reserve University with degrees in environmental geology and political science.

Sennett named WQA Counsel
The Water Quality Association has named veteran attorney Michael ‘Mike’ Sennett as its General Counsel. He retired from the Jones Day law firm at the end of 2019 and was selected for the new position because of his background and experience with both WQA and the Water Quality Research Foundation. Sennett will be responsible for providing general counse, developing educational materials on a variety of legal topics of interest, aiding the association in the review or development of policies and procedures and creating succession plans for long-term legal support. He holds a BA Degree with honors in philosophy and English from Quincy University and a JD cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, in addition to graduate work in jurisprudence and economics at Northwestern University. Sennett also is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, serves on the board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and is a longstanding trustee of Children’s Home & Aid.

Brissom added to ASTM board
Michael J. Brisson, Technical Adviser at the Savannah River National Laboratory, will serve a three-year term on the ASTM International Board of Directors. He has been with Savannah River National Laboratory since 1988, having previously served as a chemist at Beecham Products. An association member since 2005, Brisson is a member of committees on air quality, nuclear fuel cycle, metal powder and metal powder products, soil and rock, water, performance of buildings, nuclear technology and applications, quality and statistics and homeland security applications. He has been honored with the Award of Merit, Moyer D. Thomas Award, the J.A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award and numerous committee awards. Brisson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from the College of Charleston and a Master’s Degree in waste management from the National Technological University.

AMTA Board members announced
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) announced the election of nine members to its Board of Directors. New members include: Mehul Patel, PE, Orange County Water District; Art Ruiz, El Paso Water Utilities; Rebecca Wilder, PE, Town of Jupiter, FL; Michael Bourke, Wigen Water Technologies; Doug Eisberg, Avista Technologies, Inc.; Ben Movahed, PE, BCEE, WATEK Engineering Corporation; Scott Freeman, PE, Membrane Medic; Greg Madden, H2O Innovation and Greg Wetterau, PE, BCEE, CDM Smith. The newly elected board members will serve for two-year terms beginning on March 20.

KROHNE Chairman, board announced
Effective January 1, the KROHNE Group appointed Michael Rademacher-Dubbick Chairman of the Advisory Board and announced changes to the Executive Board. Rademacher-Dubbick, who has successfully led the KROHNE Group for over 25 years as managing shareholder, underlines the constant and close connection of the owner-family with the company and its activities. Dr. Attila Bilgic is the new CEO and Speaker of KROHNE Group’s Executive Board. He has been on the Board since 2017 and has been KROHNE’s Chief Technical Officer for since 2009. Bilgic will be responsible for research and development, intellectual property, production, quality management, marketing and product management. Stephan Neuburger, member of the Management Board since 1999, will drive growth in new business areas as Chief Business Development Officer.

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