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Viewpoint: Gearing up for a better year

Monday, March 9th, 2015

by Kurt C. Peterson, Publisher

It’s that time of year again, when conference season goes into full swing and the opportunities each show brings can be beneficial to everyone. WQA Aquatech, being held in April this year, promises to be bigger, better and more informative than ever. And with the transition from the previous WQA certification process for water treatment specialists, it will be especially important for everyone to take advantage of the hands-on demonstrations of the Modular Education Program (MEP). The new title designations should be taking effect as the old certification program is wound down. Be sure to stop by the WQA booth to test-drive MEP and bring yourselves up to date.

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On Tap: Celebrating the Safe Drinking Water Act’s 40th Anniversary and Recognition of the Challenges Ahead

Monday, March 9th, 2015

By Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, PhD

Originally enacted into law in 1974 by President Gerald Ford, the US EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) recently hit the 40th anniversary mark. The SDWA was promulgated only four years after President Richard Nixon formed the US EPA and initiated the Water Quality Improvement Act, focused primarily on water pollution restrictions and oil discharge. Prompted by numerous media reports of foul odor, disease-causing microbes and cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water supplies, the SDWA added regulatory context, order and accountability to the treatment of municipal water.

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Water Matters: Certification of Components versus Systems

Monday, March 9th, 2015

by Rick Andrew

Certification of POU and POE equipment can take on many different forms, depending on the technology involved, the types of claims being made and the specifics of the product in question. There are always nuances associated with the certification, including the scope of testing involved, the product marking and the purpose of the certification. One of the considerations regarding POU and POE is component versus system certification. The NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment Unit (DWTU) standards include requirements for both. These requirements are significantly different, so it is valuable to understand them. There are also different purposes and intents of component versus system certifications that are equally important to understand.

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Dealer Profile: Propane to Water: Boonie’s Water Conditioning from the Ground Up

Monday, March 9th, 2015

By Denise M. Roberts

James Boone started a propane business in 1957 and needed something in the summer season to keep his staff busy. In 1963, he was introduced to tank exchange water softening, then purchased and installed a regeneration plant and tanks. The cost was over $30,000, a significant investment in the early 60s, and he had no customers. Boone (Boonie—thus the name, Boonie’s Water Conditioning) left the propane business in the early 80s, continuing as a water treatment company only.

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Hard to Lather, Easy to Fix

Monday, March 9th, 2015

By Greg Reyneke, CWS-VI


Hard water is called hard for a number of reasons. Some say it’s because it is full of hard, rock-like inorganic mineral compounds like calcium carbonate. Others call it hard because it’s hard on the wallet, plumbing, faucets, laundry and appliances. I like to teach my team that it is hard to lather. Soft water is so called because it’s the opposite of hard and it sounds better than easy.

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An Innovative Softener Brine Recovery Technology: A Case Study

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The world is inexorably moving in the direction of water conservation and reuse. Media coverage of extreme water shortages, disease and chemical contamination events has raised public awareness to unprecedented levels. Increased regulatory activity, both in the area of contaminant discharge and total water usage is causing commercial and industrial water users to look at ways to conserve and reclaim their wastewater. Certain areas of the US have already initiated regulations limiting or eliminating the installation and usage of self-regenerating ion exchange systems, primarily due to the high levels of chlorides being discharged into our limited water supplies.

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Improving Media Adsorption Efficiency for Arsenic and Fluoride

Monday, March 9th, 2015

By C.F. ‘Chubb’ Michaud, CWS-VI

There are two contaminants commonly found in water that have been in the spotlight for the past decade. These are arsenic and fluoride. Most groundwater sources will contain two to three ppb of arsenic and generally a trace of fluoride. These are both well below the current US EPA maximum contamination levels (MCL) of 10 ppb and 4 ppm, respectively. So why the big fuss?

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Global News: March 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Global News: March 2015

WQA’s Education & Professional Certification Department reminds WQA members that the deadline to become professionally certified is through textbook-only learning is April 30. The Modular Education Program (MEP) will completely replace text books on May 1. WQA Aquatech USA 2015 attendees will have opportunities to test-drive MEP at special stations in the exposition hall.

The Florida Water Quality Association’s annual 2015 Convention and Trade Show is scheduled for June 11-13 in Orlando, FL, not June 4-6 as reported previously.

North America

WQA news roundup
A 2013 lawsuit over a cross-connection issue has drawn atention to Colorado’s Senate Bill 13-162, which allows only licensed plumbers to install water softeners and water treatment devices and requires all plumbing contractors to employ at least one full-time master plumber. SB 13-162 was passed without any consultation with the Colorado WQA or the water treatment industry, resulting in several complaints being filed with the state plumbing council and several enforcement actions taken against Colo-rado WQA members. For the past four months, Colorado WQA and WQA staf held meetings with state officials and other stakeholders to address the issues with the current law. The associations are working on a strategy to address the issues posed by SB 13-162 and have hired a Denver public relations firmto represent the associations at the state’s capitol for the current legislative session. All members who are interested in supporting Colorado WQA’s effortsare encouraged to contact their President, Dean Lewis, at (303) 660-9093.

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and WQA announced WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802: Sustainable Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment has been officially recognized by ANSI as an American National Standard. It is a business-to-business standard that focuses on the sustainability of the raw activated carbon used in drinking water filtersystems. Products that are certifiedas meeting the requirements of WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 are eligible to bear the WQA Sustainability Mark in recognition of passing the rigorous assess-ment of sustainable production practices that must be adopted by the manufacturer of these products. To download a copy of the standard, visit To apply for certification, contact WQA Sustainability Certification Supervisor Stuart Mann at or (630) 929-2546.

Survey; Americans should drink more water
The vast majority of consumers see water as a smart beverage choice and consider bottled water to be healthier than soft drinks, according to newly released finings from a 2014 survey conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 US adults 18 years and older for the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). The poll’s conclusions reflect healthy hydration trends that are driving annual bottledsales and consumption increases, and make it clear why the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC) says that bottled water is on course to become the number-one packaged beverage in America by 2016. According to the survey, 96 percent of Americans believe that we should be drinking more water; 95 percent believe that bottled water is a healthier beverage choice than soft drinks and 86 percent of consumers already buy bottled water, most often from grocery stores (73 percent) or big-box retailers (43 percent).

Paragon expansion announced

wcp_globalnews_march2015_02Paragon Water Systems, Inc. announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art, 180,000-square-foot facility located in Zhongshan China. The expansion will support current and future planned capacity growth, strengthen the company’s manufacturing capabilities, improve lead times and enhance its ability to serve its clients.

Temperature an important testing element
In a recent announcement, National Testing Laboratories’ (NTL) Director of Business Development Marianne Metzge noted that the northern United States may experience some pretty treacherous weather, which increases the possibility of water main breaks and pipes bursting and wreaking havoc. Pipes and mains are affected more so in colder weather due to the expansion and contraction of the pipe material, making it weaker; even a 10°-change in the temperature of air or water can cause significantstress on the pipes, leading to approximately 250,000 US water main breaks every year, which equates to 685 breaks per day. If UV light is part of consumers’ water treatment equipment, they may correctly assume it will take care of problems resulting from breaks. Homeowners with other types of treatment, however, may be faced with additional maintenance; a simple bacteria test after maintenance would help reassure customers. Metzger also noted that temperature can be a critical factor as it can impact biological as well as chemical contaminants. Warmer temperatures can lead to a higher incidence of bacteria, as many coliforms thrive in warmer waters; however, in cooler areas, bacteria can adapt and grow in colder temperatures. Additionally, temperature also affects chemical solubility and, in terms of groundwater, warmer temperatures can lead to higher total dissolved solids or conductivity. Measuring pH in the fieldis a good idea, as most pH meters have thermometers built in. For more comprehensive information, contact Metzger via email, or phone, (800) 458-3330, ext 217.

NGWA leads study of private-water well owner outreach for CDC
The National Ground Water Association is leading an effortto study the effectieness of public awareness outreach to private-water well owners for the Cen-ters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal is to betterunderstand which elements of public outreach are effectie in motivating well owners to act in ways that protect their water quality and health. Under a $78,358 (USD) CDC grant, NGWA’s project has two major parts: 1) an extensive literature search and analysis by the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Public Health to distill what published literature reveals about effectie outreach to water well owners and 2) interviews by NGWA and WQA with managers of well-owner outreach programs to learn from their perspectives and experiences. OSU is currently in the process of doing its literature search and analysis. The interviews are expected to take place in the spring.

Recycled-water filling stations in some CA cities
As one more step to conserve precious drinking water, San José’s Environmental Services Department is making recycled water from its South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) system available at truck fill stations for three approved uses: construction trucks that spray water to keep down dust at construction sites, city trucks that perform sewer cleanouts and street sweeping trucks that mist the street surface as they sweep. City staff have expanded the use of recycled water to help save drinking water. The use of recycled water is regulated by the state. SBWR is San José’s recycled water wholesaler, serving San José, Santa Clara and Milpitas through retailers who deliver recycled water for approved uses, including commercial and civic irrigation; industrial cooling towers; flushing toilets in dual-plumbed commercial buildings and now, water-truck uses. Seven recycled water filling stations are now operational in San José, five in the Milpitas area and one in Santa Clara is expected to open sometime in 2015.

IAPMO news
The US Virgin Islands has formally adopted the 2012 Uniform Solar Energy Code (USEC) and Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tube Code (USPSHTC), American National Standards developed and published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Official (IAPMO). The provisions of these codes apply to the erection, installation, alteration, repair, relocation, replacement, addition to or maintenance of any solar energy, hydronic heating/cooling, swimming pool, spa or hot tub system. The 2009 and 2012 editions were produced using a consensus process similar to the one used to develop the Uniform Plumbing Code® and Uniform Mechanical Code®. IAPMO’s Uniform Evaluation Service (UES) has entered into a cooperative agreement with Certified Testing Laboratories (CTL) for the development and maintenance of evaluation reports, with CTL performing the corresponding product testing. CTL clients may choose to have their products recognized in the form of a Uniform Evaluation Report. Products recognized under UES have successfully undergone evaluation based on applicable requirements within the International Family of Codes, as well as codes published by other entities.

Call to action: source water protection
The Source Water Collaborative (SWC)—made up of 22 national organizations, including NGWA—issued its call to action, A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water, in late December in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. To accomplish its vision, SWC recommends the following key actions: update/improve source water assessments and protection plans to prioritize risks and actions, by leveraging new data and tools; take priority actions to protect sources of drinking water, working with key partners and coordinate, plan and communicate in advance with key upstream partners, as well as within water utilities to help ensure that rapid emergency notification is provided to facilitate activation of mitigation measures. To see a full copy, visit

Middle East

Desal plant in Israel sets world record
IDE Technologies’ seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Ashkelon, Israel recently reached a world record of producing and delivering one billion m3 of high-quality tap water since its 2005 start of operation. When completed, it was the world’s largest and most advanced desalination plant, with a capacity of up to 330,000 m3 per day. The plant ultimately expanded by approxi-mately 20 percent in 2010. During the last nine years, the plant has consistently addressed the water needs of more than one million people.


Monitoring technology launched in Rwanda
Living Water International announced it is bringing new, real-time monitoring technology to community leaders in Rwanda as part of a large-scale water sustainability program. The 501(c)(3) organization is using technology de-veloped by Portland State University and SweetSense, Inc., which uses specialized water pump sensors and cell-phone data to expedite water-pump maintenance. Nearly 200 sensors have been installed on rural hand pumps to date. The pilot program in Rwanda is part of Living Water’s work in 23 countries and its mission to provide water, for life, to the 748 million people who lack access to improved water.


AWWA office opened in India
American Water Works Association announced it will establish its first International Community when it opens an office this spring in India. In addition to opening an office a soon-to-be-named executive manager’s initial focus will be on building a community of water professionals who collaborate to support public health, environmental protection and best-management practices. AWWAIndia will also develop training for operators and managers. CEO David LaFrance, President John Donahue and Past President Nilaksh Kothari have met with various groups and government entities in India.


People: March 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Rogers appointed to IAPMO management position

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) has hired Brian Rogers as Field Services Manager for Region 4, responsible for IAPMO’s interests in the midwestern states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. A 20-year veteran of the trades, he has enjoyed a varied career, splitting his time as a superintendent, inspector, contractor and instructor. After completing his plumbing apprenticeship with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 125 (Cedar Rapids, IA), Rogers worked for Omega Plumbing, then served as superintendent for Bowker Mechanical Contractors, working on large commercial, industrial, school and hospital projects. In 2000, he accepted a full-time plumbing instructor position at Local 125 JATC and held that position until 2007, returning to contracting as a service manager and project manager with AAA Mechanical Contractors and Pike Pro Inc., respectively. He holds a master license in plumbing, hydronics, refrigeration and HVAC, and is a certified medical-gas installer and backflow technician.

Yerkes appointed to NSF General Manager position

NSF International has appointed Tina Yerkes, PhD, to General Manager of Filtration Products under its Global Water Division. She will help NSF International grow its testing, auditing and certification services for POU/POE drinking water treatment and filtration products. Dr. Yerkes has more than 20 years of experience in strategic business-unit operations with an emphasis on water quality issues, wetlands conservation and environmental education. She has held leadership positions at non-profit organizations, most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of The Stewardship Network and also spent more than 12 years in management roles at Ducks Unlimited, culminating in Director of Conservation Programs. She earned her doctoral degree in zoology with an emphasis on wetlands and waterfowl from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s Degree in ecology and chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and psychology from the University of Maryland. She has also completed executive education programs at Harvard Business School.

Baliva named CWQA Program Manager

CanadianWQA President Aaron Biffert announced Anne Baliva has joined CWQA as Program Manager reporting to the Board of Directors. She will assist in managing, coordinating, planning and providing support to the board and various committees. Baliva has over five years of association management experience, recently working at the Water Environment Association of Ontario. She recently received her Certified Association Executive designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives. Baliva can be reached by email at

Ellison named IDE regional director

IDE Technologies announced its US expansion with a new office in Texas with Mark Ellison as a Regional Director of sales. He brings years of management and economic development experience in the water industry. Previously having served as Manager of Strategic Water Initiatives for Governor Rick Perry, Ellison is well-positioned to increase awareness and sales of IDE’s water desalination and industrial water treatment solutions throughout Texas. He also previously served as Special Advisor for Economic Development at the Texas Water Development Board.

NGWA CEO named to federal committee; directors and officers for 2015 announced

National Ground Water Association CEO Kevin McCray, CAE, has been appointed to the federal Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, which is under the US Department of Commerce. The committee is charged with developing actionable recommendations to improve the export competitiveness of environmental technologies. In addition to representing NGWA, McCray will represent the trade association segment of the nation’s environmental technology sector. His appointment is effective immediately and runs through August 18, 2016. NGWA’s 2015 national and divisional boards feature a number of new officers and directors. Heading the national board is Richard Thron, MGWC, of Mantyla Well Drilling Inc. An NGWA member for 30 years, he has served on the boards of both NGWA and the Minnesota Water Well Association as well as on numerous committees for both associations. Thron started working at Mantyla Well Drilling, his father’s business, after completing a four-year stint in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. Other new officers for the national board are: President-Elect Jeffrey W. Williams, MGWC, CVCLD, Spafford & Sons Water Wells; Secretary David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, Bergerson Caswell Inc.; Treasurer Ronnie Hensley, Gicon Pumps and Equipment Ltd.; VP, Scientists and Engineers Division, Robert P. Schreiber, PE, BCEE, D.WRE, CDM Smith Inc.; VP, Contractors Division, Todd E. Hunter, CWD/PI, Ground Water Pump Systems; VP, Manufacturers Division, Paul Eberhardt, Western Rubber & Mfg.; VP Suppliers Division, Ron Brillhart, Johnston Supply Inc. and Past President Griffin Crosby Jr., CWD/PI, Crosby Well Drilling Inc. Three new national directors as well as new members of NGWA’s Contractors Division Board include: Patrick Casarez, Patrick Water Well Pump Repair Service; Brian Snelten, PG, Layne Christensen and David Traut, MGWC, CVCLD, Mark J. Traut Wells Inc.

AWWA President-elect, VPs announced

The American Water Works Association Board of Directors elected Jeanne Bennett-Bailey as the next President-elect and chose four new vice presidents and one new director-at-large. An AWWA member since 1990, Bennett-Bailey is the Public Affairs Officer for Fairfax (VA) Water. Currently Chair of the AWWA Public Affairs Council, she received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2014. Bennett-Bailey begins her new role in June 2015 and will serve her one-year term beginning in June 2016. A graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, she holds many leadership positions within AWWA, including member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Utility Quality Management Committee and the Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee. The four new VPs are Steve Dennis, who has served as Section Chair, as a member of the executive committee and governing board, and on various committees; Jon Eaton, Minnesota Section member for over 20 years and Superintendent of utilities at the City of Eagan, MN; Martha Segal, notable at the Kentucky/Tennessee Section for founding and chairing the section’s Diversity Committee and Assistant Director at Metro Water Services in Nashville, TN and Brian Steglitz, a Director at the Michigan Section and active on numerous committees at the association level. He received the Raymond J. Faust Award for Outstanding Personal Service the Water Supply Field from the Section in 2013. Sally Mills-Wright was elected as Directorat-large. From the Texas Section, she is the Water Treatment Manager at the City of Arlington’s Water Utilities Division. Mills-Wright has been particularly active in bringing veterans into the water profession as part of the AWWA Water Sector Veterans’ Workforce Initiative.

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