Facing Water Scarcity

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?

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The threat of dwindling water supplies to the Southwest

About The Author: 

Jim Thebaut is president, CEO and executive producer of the Chronicles Group Inc. Thebaut can be reached at jimthebaut@chroniclesgroup.org or 310.521.0303.
Amy McIntosh is associate editor for Water Quality Products. McIntosh can be reached at amcintosh@sgcmail.com.

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January 16, 2014
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January 16, 2014
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Focus on the Future

Another year has come and gone, and it is time again to look toward the future. The coming year promises many opportunities, but, as always, an array of challenges as well. The water industry must endeavor through a time of increasing globalization — a positive trend when it comes to working together to resolve the ever-increasing issues of water scarcity and sustainability, but a negative one in terms of ever-growing competition. Closer to home, U.S.

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Industry experts’ input on the year to come

Publication Date: 
January 16, 2014
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January 16, 2014
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New Initiative Backs Local Campaigns to Stop Fracking

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MoveOn.Org
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MoveOn is awarding $50,000, along with materials, training and strategic support to activists

MoveOn.org Civic Action announced a new #FrackingFighter initiative to support 100 grassroots activists who are working to ban fracking in their local communities. The organization is awarding a total of $50,000 to the "Fracking Fighters," along with materials, training and strategic support.

Publication Date: 
January 10, 2014

2013 State of the Industry

Water Quality Products understands the importance of keeping up to date with current industry trends and information. We are pleased to bring you our seventh annual State of the Industry Report, which includes valuable current information regarding the water treatment industry and its trends.

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An assessment of the water treatment industry

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December 4, 2013
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December 4, 2013
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ASHRAE/AHR Survey Forecasts 2014 HVACR Growth

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AHR Expo
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HVACR manufacturers predict strong economic prospects & solid sales increases

Optimism for improving economic business prospects in the HVACR industry continue to grow, according to a recent ASHRAE/AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide. According to survey results, 79% of the respondents said their prospects for business were either “excellent” (19%) or “good” (60%) for the coming year. The remaining 21% of the respondents felt prospects were “fair.”

Publication Date: 
November 27, 2013

Education for Legislation

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? 

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An update on regulatory issues in California

About The Author: 

Bill Dodd is Napa County (Calif.) supervisor, a candidate for the California State Assembly and a former president of the Water Quality Assn. and Pacific Water Quality Assn. Dodd can be reached at bill@billdodd.com or 707.287.7249.

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

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November 12, 2013
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November 12, 2013
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Study Shows Bottled Water Industry Has Low Water Use Ratio

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IBWA
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Water use ratio for the bottled water industry is the lowest among packaged beverages

The results of a new study released by the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) show that the amount of water used to produce bottled water products is less than all other types of packaged beverages. On average, only 1.39 liters of water are used to produce every 1 liter of finished bottled water.

Publication Date: 
October 25, 2013

Inspiration for Innovation

There is a finite amount of available water on our planet, and it is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. As populations increase, significant amounts of water are required to maintain modern life. After the baby boom and massive urbanization of the 20th century, meeting increasing demand while managing water quality expectations became a significant challenge for the water supply industry, which realized that municipal water should be reused more effectively.

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Ion exchange softener bans to stimulate development of new treatment technologies

About The Author: 

Greg Reyneke is managing partner for Red Fox Advisors and an adviser to the ProFlow Dealer Network, a Pentair Platinum Partner. Reyneke can be reached at gregreyneke@redfoxadvisors.com.

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October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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NSF Intl. Releases 2013 Water Quality Survey Results

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NSF Intl.
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Survey finds consumers do not consider specific contaminants when treating tap water

According to NSF Intl.’s 2013 Water Quality Survey, U.S. consumers are not doing their due diligence before buying a water treatment system. The survey of 942 American adults who use water filtration products found that less than one-fifth (17%) research the contaminants in their local water supply and purchase a water filter that has been tested and certified to reduce those contaminants.

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October 9, 2013
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NSF Intl. Releases 2013 Water Quality Survey

Coalition Urges South, Central Texas to Conserve Water

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Guadalupe Basin Coalition
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If drought continues through 2014, south and central Texas could face extreme conditions

The Guadalupe Basin Coalition (GBC) has unanimously endorsed a resolution urging regional water providers and users to conserve water to the maximum extent possible to stretch the available supply should the drought continue into 2014 as predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center. The full resolution can be found at www.guadalupebasincoalition.org.

Publication Date: 
September 30, 2013