Sanitizing Water Treatment Systems
General guidance on sanitizing water treatment systems after a prolonged period of stagnation – such as during the recent COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders – is available from the Water Quality Association. The document, Guidance for Sanitizing Residential Drinking Water Treatment Systems, is available on WQA’s website as part of the association’s coronavirus resources.
The guidelines concern general microbial fouling, not contamination from the COVID-19 virus. Neither the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor the US EPA has found evidence of the COVID-19 virus in drinking water. In light of the current pandemic, the guidelines do contain special procedures intended to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus while working in buildings and around other people, however.
The document suggests actions water treatment professionals can take as part of an overall recommissioning plan for restaurant and coffee shop owners, small businesses and retail establishments, commercial facilities, industrial sites and manufacturing facilities.
WQA also offers more general guidance on proper maintenance of treatment systems after shelter-in-place orders are lifted.
Leveraging Company Culture Under Pressure Webinar
Prepare your company for the next wave of COVID infections, or whatever the next crisis might be. Understand the lessons learned from sudden external pressures that forced swift change to managing remote teams while protecting essential workers at the office, in the field, at a manufacturing facility or lab. Industry leaders will discuss key success factors to protect your company during the next crisis by leveraging your company culture.
This free webinar will take place Wednesday, August 19 at Noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT. Presenters include WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser; Samuel Karge, President, North American Water Treatment, A.O. Smith, Inc. and Amanda Moore, VP, Atlantic Filter Corporation. Click here to register.
Business Outlook, Diversity Talk to Headline MYC
A discussion on diversity and inclusion, opportunities to share opinions in a Town Hall and section meetings, a business outlook and a Virtual Wine Tasting to benefit the Water Quality Research Foundation are among the sessions planned for the Water Quality Association’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference September 16 and 17. Registration is open now at the online event’s website, wqa.org/mylc.
On the schedule for MYLC:
- US Chamber of Commerce Senior Economist Curtis Dubay’s economic talk, Where is the Economy in Recovery from the COVID-19 Shock?
- Author, coach and consultant Kendall C. Wright’s special address, Breaking Inclusion Barriers: Moving People and Organizations from Possibility to Reality
- The launch of WQRF’s Contaminant Occurrence Map
- The Dealer and Manufacturer/Suppliers sections meetings for presentations and roundtable discussions on top areas of concern identified by the members
- An opportunity to ask questions of WQA leaders and hear a discussion of the future direction of this vital industry at the WQA Town Hall
- A Welcome Reception on the eve of the conference that is open to all, whether or not you’re registered for MYLC. Attendees will supply their own refreshments and will take part in fun social and networking events.
- An innovative and fun opportunity to raise funding for WQRF at a Virtual Wine Tasting event the evening of Sept. 17 (separate registration required at https://www.adelsheim.com/wqrf).
WQA Board, Task Force and Committee meetings normally held during MYLC will be held separately the week of September 20 to allow wider attendance. MYLC registration is $89 for WQA members and $169 for non-members. WQA members can get group rates that lower the individual cost to as little as $70 a person. Register by Sept. 15 at the event’s website, wqa.org/mylc (https://events.wqa.org/).
Raise a glass for WQRF!
Just as water quality varies greatly from region to region, so does wine! Learn how to differentiate between the grapes grown in different regions, enjoy a package of wines shipped to your home in advance, and enjoy the beautiful landscape and tasting room of Adelsheim Vineyard of Newberg, OR, by participating in the WQRF Virtual Wine Tasting event. It will be held at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT on Thursday, September 17. Please be sure to register by August 27.
When you register, you’ll have your choice of two different packages, each of which includes the wine, a tasting mat, a wine key and the link to attend the live event via Zoom:
- The $275 Pinot Progression package features Willamette Valley Pinot, Breaking Ground Pinot and Calkins Lane Pinot.
- The $450 Estate Single Vineyard Tasting features Bryan Creek Pinot, Ribbon Springs Pinot, Calkins Lane Pinot
The items will be delivered the week before the event, and Adelsheim Vineyard will make a generous donation to WQRF for every virtual tasting package sold. Click here to register.