No Water, No Worries

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.

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Separating fact from fiction about waterless urinals

About The Author: 

Robert Kravitz is a writer for the professional building and cleaning industries. Kravitz can be reached at rkravitz@rcn.com.

Publication Date: 
November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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Learning to Sustain

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?

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New video series aims to educate Americans about water sustainability

About The Author: 

Mark Miano is executive editor of NBC Learn. Miano can be reached at contactus@nbclearn.com. Thomas Torgersen is program officer for hydrologic sciences for the National Science Foundation. Torgersen can be reached at info@nsf.gov.

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

Publication Date: 
October 17, 2013
Activation Date: 
October 17, 2013
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Drinking Water Downpour

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.

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Regulation & contamination factors for potable rainwater reuse applications

About The Author: 

Marianne Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
Activation Date: 
October 16, 2013
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Inspiration for Innovation

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.

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Ion exchange softener bans to stimulate development of new treatment technologies

About The Author: 

Greg Reyneke is managing partner for Red Fox Advisors and an adviser to the ProFlow Dealer Network, a Pentair Platinum Partner. Reyneke can be reached at gregreyneke@redfoxadvisors.com.

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
Activation Date: 
October 16, 2013
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Texas Homeowners to Learn to Be Drought Resistant

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The Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair
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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.

Publication Date: 
August 26, 2013

New Jersey Park Adds Rain Garden

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New Jersey American Water
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New Jersey American Water's grant enhances eco-friendly Poricy Park

A rain garden will be added to the eco-friendly features of Middletown, N.J.'s Poricy Park, thanks to a $10,000 grant from New Jersey American Water. The award is part of the company's annual Environmental Grant Program, which offers funding for qualifying, innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies.

Publication Date: 
July 18, 2013

Clean Energy, Clean Water

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) brings two of our most precious natural resources at odds. The natural gas harvested through the process is essential to meeting our country’s growing energy needs (and is a source of clean energy at that). However, poorly constructed wells or improper disposal of wastewater from fracking operations can potentially affect drinking water quality. There have been reports of methane migrating from drilling operations into drinking water sources — contamination that not only could render water undrinkable, but also cause a potential explosion hazard.

About The Author: 

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

Publication Date: 
June 26, 2013
Activation Date: 
June 26, 2013
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EPA Recognizes Students for Sustainable Environmental Solutions

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U.S. EPA
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Seven university teams received awards for solutions to health, environmental challenges

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that seven university and college teams received the P3 Award for their innovative solutions to some of today’s toughest public health and environmental challenges.

Publication Date: 
June 25, 2013

The Journey to Sustainability

As concern for the environment moves ever closer to the forefront of public and media attention, the water treatment industry has been subjected to criticism. Reverse osmosis (RO) systems and softeners have been accused of wasting water and contributing to salinity problems, and producers of bottled water vie with filter manufacturers over which option is greener.

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New standards provide sustainability certification for carbon products

About The Author: 

Stuart Mann, CWS-VI, is sustainability certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Mann can be reached at smann@wqa.org or 630.929.2546.

Publication Date: 
May 3, 2013
Activation Date: 
May 3, 2013
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Efficiency Revolution

Stated simply, hard water is water that is hard to lather, and soft water is not. A more technically accurate definition of soft water describes the physical removal, to less than 1 grain per gal (gpg) in most cases, of calcium and magnesium salts. If you cheat and go to the end of this article, however, future generations’ definition of soft water might read “less than 4 gpg, as defined by the U.S. Geological Survey.”

Softening Through the Years

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New technologies offer dealers opportunities to maximize efficiency for customers

About The Author: 

Mike Mecca is director of marketing and innovation for Performance Water Products. Mecca can be reached at mikemecca@performancewater.com.

Greg Reyneke is managing partner for Red Fox Advisors. Reyneke can be reached at gregreyneke@redfoxadvisors.com.

Publication Date: 
May 2, 2013
Activation Date: 
May 2, 2013
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