Drought, failing infrastructure and severe weather events all threaten the availability of water, both domestically and abroad. Water Quality Products Associate Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Jim Thebaut, creator of the “Running Dry” documentary series, about these issues and what can be done to resolve water scarcity.
Amy McIntosh: What are some of the major drought issues facing the Southwest?
The threat of dwindling water supplies to the Southwest
There is a buzz of excitement throughout the industry surrounding the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Sustainability Standards. The development of these standards was sparked by the WQA board of governors, which tasked the association with finding a proactive way to promote sustainability and environmental awareness across the entire drinking water treatment sector. This torch was eagerly taken up by industry volunteers, with task force ranks eventually growing to represent more than 50 WQA members and stakeholders.
The life-cycle approach to creating sustainability standards
"Going green” is a term that has been unavoidable over the past few years. While overuse has caused the phrase to lose its meaning in some cases, it has not reduced the importance of improving water and energy efficiency and conserving resources, whether at your own business or on a global level.
At the small business level, going green can not only help the environment, but also help save costs and gain customers. Getting creative with green alternatives can help those cost savings add up.
Pilot program provides financial incentives for commercial & residential installations of the chosen pumps
Grundfos’ Alpha and Magna pumps have been designated to participate in Efficiency Vermont’s High-Performance Circulator Pump Program. The program promotes the installation of high efficiency pumps in Vermont homes and businesses.
Reverse osmosis (RO) has become the standard technology for water purification in numerous commercial and industrial applications. This trend has largely been driven by the advancement of low-pressure RO membranes with enhanced energy savings. Axeon Water Technologies is a leader in utilizing innovative proprietary technology for increasing permeate production while lowering operating pressures in RO applications.
Waterless urinals — which also are called no-water, no-flush or no-flow urinals — have endured a few hard knocks in the media in recent years. While these systems have worked well in a variety of facilities for decades, two 2010 incidents caused many facility managers to reconsider this technology.
Separating fact from fiction about waterless urinals
NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently collaborated to create an educational video series on water sustainability. WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline spoke with Mark Miano of NBC Learn and Thomas Torgersen of NSF about the series and why water sustainability is a critical issue in the U.S.
Kate Cline: What inspired the “Sustainability: Water” video series?
New video series aims to educate Americans about water sustainability
When most people think of rainwater harvesting, they picture a 55-gal tank that collects rainwater from the roof to water plants — but this term also extends to natural collection systems like dams. Rainwater harvesting is nothing new; it has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Egyptians who used earthen dams to control runoff. Another example is the rice terraces of the Philippines, which are still in existence today. More sophisticated rainwater systems have been uncovered by archaeologists in Crete, Istanbul and throughout the Mediterranean region.
Regulation & contamination factors for potable rainwater reuse applications
There is a finite amount of available water on our planet, and it is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. As populations increase, significant amounts of water are required to maintain modern life. After the baby boom and massive urbanization of the 20th century, meeting increasing demand while managing water quality expectations became a significant challenge for the water supply industry, which realized that municipal water should be reused more effectively.
Ion exchange softener bans to stimulate development of new treatment technologies
Homeowners will be educated on water solutions at The Texas Roundup
At the 13th annual Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair (The Roundup) David Foster, state director of Clean Water Fund will take on water issues and offer some solutions. Fair goers will find several other speakers and a panel of representatives from universities, land management organizations and business leaders addressing the topic: Saving Water Inside and Outside Your Home and in Your Community.