Braving the Storm

The past year was a rough one for businesses in the U.S. and around the world. The economy continues to weigh heavily on everyone’s minds. This year, Water Quality Products conducted its fifth annual State of the Industry Survey to find out how the economy affected the water treatment industry. Once again, readers indicated that the down economy and depressed housing market were the factors that most negatively affected sales  in the last year

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at 847.391.1007 or by e-mail at kcline@sgcmail.com.

Activation Date: 
November 30, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23146

A Growing Focus on Groundwater

In recent days, groundwater has been gaining attention. Increased hydraulic fracturing operations have caused controversy over potential methane gas contamination. Reports indicate that groundwater aquifers, especially in the drought-prone southwestern U.S., are being depleted more quickly than they can be recharged. Surveys, like the one recently released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), reveal that contaminants such as arsenic are widespread in the nation’s water wells.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. She can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 4, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23116

Emergency Preparedness

As I write this, the U.S. is in the wake of two natural disasters: the earthquake that rocked the East Coast on Aug. 23 and Hurricane Irene, which spun its way from the Carolinas to Canada just a few days later.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. She can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Activation Date: 
October 26, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23087

A Win for Water Quality

The country of Ghana recently announced a health victory—on July 28, it declared that it had eradicated the Guinea worm, a devilish parasite that is contracted by consuming unclean water containing microscopic water fleas that carry its eggs. In the 1980s, former President Jimmy Carter visited the country and witnessed a woman afflicted with the disease. (I will spare you the details of the parasite’s life cycle—suffice to say it is disturbing and extremely painful. Google at your own risk.) Appalled by what he saw, he took on the cause of eradicating the Guinea worm in Ghana.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. She can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Activation Date: 
September 21, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23026

A Sustainable Surprise

A few weeks ago, the local electric utility visited my apartment building to give the residents free efficiency upgrades. The focus was not solely energy, however—in addition to replacing all of the building’s standard light bulbs with energy-efficient ones, the company installed free water-efficient faucets and showerheads in each unit.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1000.

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 13, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22894

House & Home

While most of us, myself included, were scurrying to organize our trips to WQA Aquatech USA 2011 in San Antonio last month, I received an invitation to attend the International Home & Housewares Show, sponsored by the International Housewares Assn. Although it was located in nearby Chicago, my schedule was full and I couldn’t attend. But as I scanned the show’s website, I saw that it was expected to draw 60,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors. Not bad!

About The Author: 

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor of Water Quality Products. She can be reached at 847/391-1007 or atrwilhelm@sgcmail.com

Activation Date: 
April 13, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22678

Brain Trust

It is safe to say that the annual WQA Aquatech USA tradeshow and conference is the place where the best minds in the water industry come together. We learn from our shared knowledge and shared struggles, and emerge stronger and better prepared for the year ahead. We meet people from all over the world who are influencing the industry, some new arrivals and many of them old friends.

About The Author: 

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Wilhelm can be reached at 847.391.1007 or by e-mail at bwilhelm@sgcmail.com.

Activation Date: 
March 24, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22609

Old School or New School?

The two best ways to bar yourself from new ideas in sales and sales management training are to label a trainer as “old school” and decide that people in your market do not like the techniques discussed. Both of these allow a person to stay the way they are without being upset by new ideas.

Do You Want to Stay the Same?

Deck: 

Do ‘old school’ sales techniques still work?

About The Author: 

Carl Davidson is president of Sales And Management Solutions Inc., a New York-based company that specializes in live and video training, coaching, recruiting and lead generation for the water equipment industry. To see a list of products and free sales training videos, visit www.carldavidson.com or call 716.580.3384.

Publication Date: 
February 6, 2011
Activation Date: 
February 6, 2011
Issue Reference: 

Old School or New School?

The two best ways to bar yourself from new ideas in sales and sales management training are to label a trainer as “old school” and decide that people in your market do not like the techniques discussed. Both of these allow a person to stay the way they are without being upset by new ideas.

Do You Want to Stay the Same?

Deck: 

Do 'old school' sales techniques still work?

About The Author: 

Carl Davidson is president of Sales and Management Solutions, Inc., a New York-based company that specializes in live and video training, coaching, recruiting and lead generation for the water equipment industry. To see a list of products and free sales training videos, visit www.carldavidson.com or call 716.580.3384.

Publication Date: 
February 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
February 4, 2011
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22489

Achieving Quality the Final Piece of the Puzzle

In order for a business to generate a high-quality product or service, it is essential to obtain a quality measurement system that will be used to study the integrity of its finished product. In the certification industry, testing equipment is essential to measure the different variables that could potentially alter the quality of a raw material, finished product or final status on a certification report.

Deck: 

Properly calibrated testing equipment ensures quality

About The Author: 

Valerie Zaleski is facility assessor for the Water Quality Assn. Zaleski can be reached at vzaleski@wqa.org or at 630.929.2531

Publication Date: 
February 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
February 4, 2011
Company Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22488