Many Americans, Asians and Europeans worry about the quality of their tap water; almost 40% of Americans participating in a new survey said they boiled or filtered their water before drinking it. That level of concern is a key trend in consumer attitudes toward the water they drink at home, work and leisure.
Bottled Water Binge
Attitudes toward tap water lead consumers to search for treatment options
The year started off with big news in the water treatment industry. The chemical spill in West Virginia, which affected more then 300,000 people, topped national headlines for weeks in January. The “do not use” advisory lasted more then a week for portions of that population, forcing them to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing for up to 10 days.
Sales of Poland Spring brand water in the New York metropolitan area topped $506 million in 2013
New Nielsen data from 2013 of packaged beverage sales across retail channels indicate that Poland Spring brand water, the leading product of Nestlé Waters North America, is the best-selling beverage in the New York tri-state area. In addition, it is a bestseller across major Northeast markets, including Boston; Albany, N.Y.; and Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
Thirsty Energy initiative will help countries mitigate the impact of water scarcity on energy security
The World Bank is launching a new initiative at the World Future Energy Summit and International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, that will help developing countries better plan and manage scaling up energy capacity to meet rising demand, in tandem with water resource management.
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
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.
Industry experts’ input on the year to come
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.
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.
An assessment of the water treatment industry
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.”
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