Clean water is crucial to health, and around the world, thousands of people die each day due to waterborne illnesses. The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is an organization that implements WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs around the world in an effort to reduce death and disease. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Steve Werner of WASRAG to find out more about educating people on safe water and sanitation.
Reducing waterborne disease around the world
When it comes to drinking water safety, many new innovations are focused on emerging contaminants. One new testing method, however, focuses on something that has plagued drinking water for ages — contamination by fecal matter. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Vladislav V. Yakovlev, developer of the technology, about the new testing method and its potential benefits.
Kate Cline: Briefly describe the new detection method procedure.
A new method for detecting fecal matter in water
One benefit to water treatment dealers who belong to dealer networks is the ability to network with and learn from their peers. 3M recently formed a Dealer Advisory Council (DAC) to maximize these efforts. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Mark Howlett of 3M and Chuck Minott of Chuck the Water Man, both members of the DAC, about the council and how it will help dealers.
Kate Cline: What is the structure and function of the DAC?
Insight on 3M’s new Dealer Advisory Council
After more than two years of drought, California may finally see relief with El Niño, a weather pattern that brings cooler, wetter winters to the southwestern U.S. Residents in that state are pushing for water security in more ways than natural rainfall dependency, however. Water Quality Products Editorial Assistant Chelsea Corbin recently spoke with Tracy Quinn, policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the drought and a poll that demonstrates voters’ water priorities.
California residents’ opinions on the drought
NSF Intl. now offers StaySafer certification, a program that ensures food and water safety, to hospitality centers around the world. Water Quality Products Editorial Assistant Chelsea Corbin recently spoke with NSF’s Sonia Acuña-Rubio and Carolyn Gillilland about the program, designed to build travelers’ confidence in the water safety and quality of their travel destinations.
Water and food safety for the hospitality industry
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) recently overhauled its certification and education program to focus on the real-life activities that dealers perform everyday. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Tanya Lubner, WQA’s director of education and certification, about the new program and how it will affect members.
Kate Cline: Describe the new modular education program. What are the benefits of the new structure?
The latest on the new WQA education scheme
Kentucky oil well operators Charles Stinson and Logsdon Valley Oil Co. Inc. were fined $45,000
Two oil well operators in Kentucky were sentenced in U.S. District Court for continued violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
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
Many Americans use water filtration devices in their homes — but are they using the right filter for their local water quality? That is what NSF Intl. set out to discover with its 2013 Water Quality Survey, which posed questions on water filter use and water quality knowledge to 2,025 adults this summer. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Cheryl Luptowski, public information officer for NSF, about some of the survey’s more surprising results.
Evaluating consumer knowledge of filtration devices
Legislation and regulations have a large impact on the water quality industry — but the industry also has the power to impact the legislation that affects it. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Bill Dodd, California State Assembly candidate and member of the water industry, about the importance of educating legislators.
Kate Cline: What are the top legislative/regulatory issues currently facing the water quality industry in California?
An update on regulatory issues in California