Ever since the devastating earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, I have seen numerous news stories and press releases about water professionals donating time, equipment and expertise to relief efforts, specifically those providing clean, safe water to the displaced and distressed victims of the quake. Here are some noteworthy examples:
Attending tradeshows, whether as exhibitors or attendees, is certainly expensive. Add up airfare or mileage, hotel expenses, dining costs, attendee or exhibitor registration and any additional expenses—and there are always additional expenses—and you will come up with a sizable number. In a world where everyone is looking for smart ways to save money, cutting back on tradeshow attendance seems like a relatively simple way to save not just money but also time.
Looking back on 2009, the year presented a number of challenges to our industry. The lingering economic downturn demanded innovation and perseverance. Environmental legislation in California forced dealers to defend their technologies and businesses. In both cases, water professionals have proved to be up to the challenge.
Last year saw the defeat of AB 2270, a statewide bill proposed in California that would have allowed softener bans. This year, a similar bill, AB 1366, appeared in that state and was passed into law in October.
After almost two years as associate editor for the Water Quality Products team, I am honored to step in as the new managing editor of WQP.
I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be involved in the water treatment industry. Recent months have dealt the industry a tough economic hand, but water professionals have demonstrated their resilience and creativity, using innovation and hard work to not only stay afloat, but also thrive. As the economy shows signs of life once again, this hard work makes the industry better positioned to take advantage of new opportunities.
Saying goodbye is never easy to do, but after more than two years reporting and writing on the water quality industry, I have to say goodbye to our readers.
Over the years, I have truly enjoyed meeting so many of you and learning about the industry, and I have tried my best to keep you informed on the latest technologies, regulatory updates and trends that will affect your business.
Although I may be an optimist, it does seem as if we are beginning to see some faint glimmers of hope in terms of an economic recovery.
The Consumer Confidence Index rose from 47.4 in July up to 54.1 in August; the stock market is steadying; and unemployment rates are leveling, if not decreasing. We certainly are not out of the woods yet, but we are at least pointed in the right direction and seem to be making our way out.
Businesses everywhere seem to be going green these days—and for good reasons. Not only will the benefits of environmentally responsible behaviors ensure sustainability for generations to come, but green is actually in demand by consumers today.
It was about this time last year when the water quality industry began its fight against California’s misguided Assembly Bill (AB) 2270, which would have banned the use of water softeners in residences.
Here we are a year later, and in the words of Yogi Berra, it’s like déjà vu all over again as the Golden State’s government is back at it with the newly proposed AB 1366.
April 15th has come and gone, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s tax season. And with the stimulus bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, most Americans will notice some differences in what they may or may not owe Uncle Sam next year.
While President Obama has vowed not to increase taxes for families making less than $250,000 a year, the roughly three million high-earning U.S. families and businesses may not be so lucky.