Becoming a Star

For many years, I noticed the Energy Star sticker on my salon's water cooler, and I used to wonder what it meant. Who put the sticker there? What makes a water cooler a star?
This was years before I considered purchasing an appliance, let alone making third-party certification my career. Now my view is different, because all I see are labels, symbols and marks, and I have the knowledge and resources to understand the programs.

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Energy Star testing and requirements for water coolers

About The Author: 

Sarah Zrout, CWS-VI, is quality manager for the Water Quality Assn. Zrout can be reached at szrout@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

Publication Date: 
November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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Knowledge is Power

“Ignorance is bliss,” or so the old adage goes—but unfortunately, when it comes to water, ignorance can be dangerous. According to a survey conducted by the Nature Conservancy, 77% of Americans who do not use private water wells do not know where their drinking water comes from.

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: 
November 13, 2012
Activation Date: 
November 13, 2012
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Declare Database Assigns 'Nutrition Labels' to Building Materials

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Aquacell Water Recycling Solutions
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Aquacell featured in the International Living Future Institute database

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) launched its Declare label and database program Oct. 3, 2012, and included Aquacell Water Recycling Solutions as one of the first companies to be featured.

ILFI included products from green building manufacturers, including Aquacell, in its first database.

Publication Date: 
November 2, 2012

Greening Water Quality

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) new eco-labeling initiative seeks to cut through the clutter of environmental product claims to prevent consumer confusion and promote sustainability. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Kristin Muckerheide recently spoke with WQA’s Tom Palkon to get the scoop.

Kristin Muckerheide: Tell us about the new eco-labeling initiative.

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Eco-labeling initiative provides standards for green products

About The Author: 

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

Kristin Muckerheide is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. For more information, contact
WQP at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
October 30, 2012
Activation Date: 
October 30, 2012
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Going Green in the Park

Located in the Logan Square neighborhood on Chicago’s north side, Haas Park is a testament to the city’s commitment to sustainability through appropriate use of rainwater harvesting.

Haas Park honors Joseph F. Haas (1857-1928), a widely respected public servant. During his 42-year career in public office, he served as a Chicago alderman, secretary of the sanitary district, state senator and more.

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City park implements rainwater harvesting for new fieldhouse

About The Author: 

Jeff Arnold is water treatment manager for Watertronics Inc. Arnold can be reached at jeff.arnold@watertronics.com or 262.337.2567.

Publication Date: 
October 9, 2012
Activation Date: 
October 9, 2012
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Getting the Green Message Straight

The "going green" trend is everywhere these days, clinching the fact that it is here to stay. While there are many great green products and practices out there, "greenwashing" remains a concern. In an effort to jump on the sustainability bandwagon, many companies are eager to tout their products as green and their business as environmentally friendly. With so many claims out there, it is hard to know what "green" really means.

About The Author: 

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

Publication Date: 
October 9, 2012
Activation Date: 
October 9, 2012
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Efficient & Eco-Friendly

Stepping to the helm of a business is always an exciting challenge – but doing it on the eve of the biggest recession the U.S. has experienced in decades makes the challenge that much more arduous.

That is the situation Jessica and Ben Larson, owners of Indianapolis Soft Water Service Inc., faced when they purchased the business from Jessica’s father in 2006. Despite the challenges, the couple has successfully steered the business through the tough economic times while also staying true to their commitment to environmental responsibility.

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Indiana dealership tackles the economy with an eye on water conservation

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor for Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007. Additional reporting provided by Assistant Editor Nicole Bowling.

Publication Date: 
September 28, 2012
Activation Date: 
September 28, 2012

Countertop-Size Water Purification System Now Available

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One Touch Water
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One Touch Water's water purification system offers green alternative to bottled water

One Touch Water secured an online deal with Aquamatic to help customers improve the way they consume water. With an advanced tap water purification technology, the company offers purchase, lease and no-contract month-to-month options for innovative systems that feature bottled water quality but bottle-less technology with do-it-yourself installation and twist off filters for easy maintenance.

Publication Date: 
September 26, 2012

Students from Singapore Win 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

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Stockholm International Water Institute
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Three students won for their research on how clay can be used to remove and recover pollutants from wastewater

H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize at an award ceremony at the World Water Week in Stockholm. The winners were students Luigi Marshall Cham, Jun Yong Nicholas Lim and Tian Ting Carrie-Anne Ng from Singapore.

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September 6, 2012

Jason Mraz Teams Up With Brita FilterForGood Music Project to Reduce Bottled Water Waste

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Market Watch
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Mraz’s collaboration with Brita supports environmentally responsible touring

Musician Jason Mraz has long avoided single-use plastic water bottles. Now, he is using his North American tour to encourage others to do the same.

Mraz is partnering with Brita and its FilterForGood Music Project to encourage music fans to reduce their bottled water waste during his "Tour is a Four Letter Word" tour. The 37-stop tour started Aug. 9, 2012, and runs through Oct. 7.

Publication Date: 
August 17, 2012