Like many of our authors who contributed to the January issue of Water Quality Products, especially those who participated in our annual industry predictions article, I am faced with the challenge of previewing some of the new developments and issues our industry will likely face in the upcoming year. But in order to look forward, I think we’ll stick to tradition and once again take a look back and reflect on the results of past efforts we’ve witnessed throughout 2006 that will continue to influence our industry in 2007.
Opportunities & challenges abound in the global bottled water industry
Water Quality Products recently spoke with
Peter J. Censky, executive director of the Water Quality Association, to find out more about the WQA Aquatech USA event to be held this spring in Las Vegas.
To assist you in the preparation for a new and successful business year, Water Quality Products asked various industry professionals to share their outlooks for 2005.
Professionals review the effects of current and future trends on the water industry
My what a difference a few years makes! At this time in 2000 I wrote a similar article highlighting the changes I saw happening in the water industry. Based on what I said then, the future is upon us now.
Consolidation doesn’t have to damper development
Reorganization, unification, increased productivity and streamlined technological advancements are all part of the new Water Quality Association (WQA). The WQA is taking great strides to make changes to help enhance the benefits to its current and future members. The benefits to members are numerous and worthy of the fees. In times of tougher state and federal legislation, new product certifications and consumer awareness, now is a time to be associated with an organization that fights daily for your needs.
What the WQA is doing to strengthen your business
As we move forward into 2004, many organizations are looking to close the books on some issues while focusing attention on the long-term future of the industry--an industry that requires the time, attention and fullest efforts from all of its members. The marketplace has been steadily changing, and the near and distant future only looks to continue that trend.
What does the water industry have in store for 2004?
Safety and quality are of paramount importance to the bottled water industry and bottlers are not content to simply sit back and rest on their laurels. Producers constantly are embracing new technologies and processes to enhance efficiency and bring safe, high-quality, good-tasting and convenient bottled water products to a thirsty public.
Protecting consumers and water resources with bottled water legislation
Point-of-use (POU) water purification has a solid future. The relatively new POU industry will have to shoulder tremendous responsibility. Serious issues of water quality as well as quantity are apparent. The right of every human to water must be proactively protected if an acceptable quality of life for future generations is to be reasonably assured. This will not happen until it becomes a high priority political issue.
Industry professionals are responsible for bringing greater awareness of water quality to government officials and the public
Most reverse osmosis systems waste as much as 20 gallons just to produce one gallon of product water. The new technology called "ZeroWaste" eliminates this problem by returning the concentrate water from the reverse osmosis system back to the home's plumbing, resulting in 100 percent efficiency.