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.

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May 3, 2013
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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.

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May 2, 2013
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May 2, 2013
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Dried Out

The view out my window as I write is white — the snow is falling quickly and heavily, with up to 8 in. expected by the end of the day. Schools are closed and the chatter around the office is whether the commute home will take two hours or three.

About The Author: 

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

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March 29, 2013
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March 29, 2013
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Students Partner With Green Plumbers Training Program

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EPA
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Students in Maine fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during Fix a Leak Week

The Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) and the International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Green Plumbers Training program are teaming up to fix water leaks and recommend efficiency measures during the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fix a Leak Week March 18 to 24.

Publication Date: 
March 21, 2013

Water-Smart Photo Contest to Showcase Landscapes

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WaterSense
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WaterSense invites those committed to saving water to submit photos of water-efficient landscapes

WaterSense is showcasing how beautiful, efficient and diverse low water-using landscapes can be. The Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest invites home and business owners, landscape designers, irrigation professionals and anyone else committed to saving water to submit snapshots of landscapes from any time of the year - including past years - that demonstrate how water-smart practices can be both beautiful and efficient. Participation is easy and open to the public, and multiple entries are welcomed.

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Publication Date: 
February 13, 2013

New Year, New Initiatives

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Gold Seal product certification program continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the industry. This is being accomplished while maintaining quality control procedures and customer service. Regulatory acceptance of Gold Seal certification has reached a new high with the addition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program, which is now accepting the Gold Seal program for compliance of water coolers.  

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WQA prepares for new and ongoing ventures in 2013

About The Author: 

Tom Palkon, CWS-VI, is director of product certification for the Water Quality Assn. Palkon can be reached at tpalkon@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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February 5, 2013
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February 5, 2013
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On-Campus Reuse

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa is a flagship for the school’s commitment to sustainability. Completed in September 2010, it not only serves USF’s School of Global Sustainability and Patel Center for Global Solutions, it also is the first building at the Tampa campus to aim for U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

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University center lives up to green ideals with water reuse system

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: 
February 4, 2013
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February 4, 2013
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Commercial Faucet Line Meets Low-Flow Standard Rate

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Speakman Co.
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Speakman Co. converts a majority of its faucet families to meet the 1.5-gpm standard

WaterSense awareness has become a prevalent issue over the years and is now in effect, helping to transform the plumbing industry. Speakman Co. has been working to convert most of its commercial faucet line to meet the low-flow standard of 1.5 gal per minute (gpm).

In response to WaterSense development, Speakman has now converted a majority of its faucet families to meet the low-flow requirement while still maintaining the quality expected from its products.

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February 1, 2013

Working for Efficiency

Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program introduced several new actions to help businesses, organizations and homeowners save water. WQP Assistant Editor Williette Nyanue spoke with Veronica Blette, WaterSense program manager, to learn about the new initiatives and the benefits of water efficiency.

Williette Nyanue: Tell us about the new workplace best management practices (BMPs) and the new specifications for apartments and condos.

About The Author: 

Veronica Blette is program manager for WaterSense. Blette can be reached at watersense@epa.gov.

Williette Nyanue is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. Nyanue can be reached at wnyanue@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

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January 8, 2013
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January 8, 2013
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Pure Water for Peru

A group of 400 native Peruvian Amazonians known as the Maijuna desperately searched for answers to help reduce their high child mortality rate when it became clear that their drinking water was one of the major culprits.

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Water filtration system provides Amazon villages with cleaner water

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Gabriel Stonebraker is a George Mason University civil engineering graduate and was project manager for GMU-EfID. Stonebraker can be reached at gcstonebraker@gmail.com or 240.778.3831.

Publication Date: 
January 8, 2013
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January 8, 2013
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