Well Wellness

Regular water well cleaning is vital for maintaining acceptable water quality and operational efficiency, and lowering maintenance costs. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Neil Mansuy of Subsurface Technologies Inc. about the importance of regular water well cleaning and how it impacts overall well health.

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The importance of regular water well cleaning and its impact on overall well health

About The Author: 

Neil Mansuy is vice president of technical services for Subsurface Technologies Inc. Mansuy can be reached at nmansuy@subsurfacetech.com or 816.221.7770. Amy McIntosh is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. McIntosh can be reached at amcintosh@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
April 11, 2013
Activation Date: 
April 11, 2013
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Bottling Up

From bottled water bans to Hurricane Sandy relief, the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) has been busy in recent months. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Williette Nyanue spoke with Chris Hogan, vice president of communications for IBWA, for updates on how the bottled water industry is faring.

Williette Nyanue: What impacts have efforts to ban or restrict the sale of bottled water had?

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The latest updates on the bottled water industry

About The Author: 

Chris Hogan is vice president of communications for the International Bottled Water Assn. Hogan can be reached at chogan@bottledwater.org.

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

Publication Date: 
March 21, 2013
Activation Date: 
March 21, 2013
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Tapping In

As the commercial bottled water industry continues to gain momentum, public drinking fountains are disappearing. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Amy McIntosh spoke with Dr. Peter H. Gleick, cofounder and president of the Pacific Institute, to find out how the institute hopes to encourage users to document and utilize existing public water fountains using the WeTap mobile app.

Amy McIntosh: How does the WeTap app work?

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Mobile app helps users map drinking fountains

About The Author: 

Dr. Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Insitute. Gleick can be reached at pgleick@pacinst.org or 510.251.1600.

Amy McIntosh is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. McIntosh can be reached at amcintosh@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7966.

Publication Date: 
February 5, 2013
Activation Date: 
February 5, 2013
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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.

Publication Date: 
January 8, 2013
Activation Date: 
January 8, 2013
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Get the Lead Out!

In an effort to ensure that America has the cleanest water possible, on Jan. 4, 2014, a new law reducing the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products will go into effect. Williette Nyanue, assistant editor for Water Quality Products, recently spoke to Barbara Higgens, executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), to discuss the implications of the law and how manufacturers are preparing to comply.

Williette Nyanue: What implications does the new lead law have?

About The Author: 

Barbara Higgens is executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Higgens can be reached at bhiggens@pmihome.org.

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

Publication Date: 
November 29, 2012
Activation Date: 
November 29, 2012
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Drying Out

Many regions across the U.S. are experiencing drought conditions, and in the past few years Texas has been especially hard hit. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline spoke with Bob Boerner, president of Culligan Southwest Inc., to find out how the drought is affecting water quality in the state.

Kate Cline: What is the status of the drought in Texas? What is the outlook?

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor for Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007. Bob Boener is president of Culligan Southwest Inc. Boerner can be reached at betobrnr@aol.com or 210.226.5344.

Publication Date: 
November 15, 2012
Activation Date: 
November 15, 2012
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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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About the Ban

It has been almost three years since California passed Assembly Bill 1366, allowing municipalities to ban the sale and use of water softeners. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Nicole Bowling spoke with Mike Mecca, past president of the Pacific Water Quality Assn. (PWQA), about how the bans are affecting the local water quality industry.

Nicole Bowling: What is the status of the water softener ban legislation in California?

About The Author: 

Mike Mecca is director of technical services and product development for Performance Water and past president of the Pacific Water Quality Assn. Mecca can be reached at mikemecca@performancewater.com or 714.736.0137. Nicole Bowling is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. Bowling can be reached at nbowling@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
September 11, 2012
Activation Date: 
September 11, 2012
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Danger Ahead

The topic of hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking or hydrofracturing) and its potential effects on groundwater have dominated recent water industry news. WQP Associate Editor Kristin Muckerheide caught up with Marianne R. Metzger of National Testing Laboratories to discuss fracking’s effects and what we can expect in the future.

Kristin Muckerheide: How does hydraulic fracturing affect well water and groundwater?

About The Author: 

Marianne R. Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. and a WQP editorial board member. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

Kristin Muckerheide is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Muckerheide can be reached at kmuckerheide@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

Publication Date: 
June 28, 2012
Activation Date: 
June 28, 2012
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Certifiable Quality

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Professional Certification program helps identify professionals who have demonstrated a certain expertise level. Water Quality Products Associate Editor Nicole Bowling spoke with Kelly Thompson, president of Moti-Vitality LLC, a provider of exam preparation, about why this certification is needed and how it benefits the industry.

Nicole Bowling: Why is WQA certification important for dealers?

About The Author: 

Kelly Thompson is president of Moti-Vitality LLC. Thompson can be reached at kellyt@moti-vitality.com or 810.560.2788.

Nicole Bowling is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Bowling can be reached at nbowling@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7970.

Publication Date: 
June 18, 2012
Activation Date: 
June 18, 2012
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