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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Bottled Water: Regulatory Report

Water Quality Products Managing Editor Rebecca Wilhelm recently spoke to Dan Felton, vice president of government relations for the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA), about the regulatory and legislative challenges facing the bottled water industry.

Wilhelm: What are the main challenges facing the bottled water industry?

About The Author: 

Dan Felton is vice president of government relations for the IBWA. Felton can be reached at dfelton@bottledwater.org or 703.683.5213.

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor of WQP. Wilhelm can be reached at bwilhelm@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1009.

Publication Date: 
October 1, 2010
Activation Date: 
October 1, 2010
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Facing Financing Challenges

In the spring of 2009, Water Quality Products (WQP) talked to Steve Webb, EcoWater VP of dealer sales and marketing, about the current state of financing for independent dealers. WQP Managing Editor Rebecca Wilhelm checked in with Webb to talk about what has changed since their last discussion.

Rebecca Wilhelm: How has the financing issue impacted dealers?  

About The Author: 

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Wilhelm can be reached at bwilhelm@sgcmail.com.

Steve Webb is EcoWater VP of dealer sales and marketing. Webb can be reached at webbs@ecowater.com.

Publication Date: 
June 1, 2010
Activation Date: 
June 1, 2010
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Cooler Certification

As water coolers evolve to include more complex point-of-use filtration systems, certification becomes increasingly important. Dave Bentley, technical manager for NSF Intl., recently discussed the ins and outs of cooler certification with Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline.

Kate Cline: Which NSF standards apply to water coolers?

About The Author: 

Dave Bentley is technical manager of the drinking water treatment units program for NSF Intl. Bentley can be reached at bentley@nsf.org or 734.769.8926.

Publication Date: 
April 25, 2012
Activation Date: 
April 25, 2012
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Why Water Savings Makes Sense

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is aiming to make water conservation a priority with the creation of its new WaterSense program. The partnership program makes it easy for consumers to save water and protect the environment by easily identifying certified water-efficient products. Stephanie Harris, managing editor of Water Quality Products, recently spoke with WaterSense’s team leader, Virginia Lee, to learn more about the program.

Stephanie Harris: What is the WaterSense program and what are its objectives?

About The Author: 

Stephanie Harris is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Harris can be reached at 847.391.1007 or by e-mail at sharris@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
December 18, 2008
Activation Date: 
December 18, 2008
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Legacy
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19936