This spring, Richard Mest, president of Master Water Conditioning Corp., was elected president of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA). Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Mest about what is in store in the next year for WQA and the water quality industry.
Kate Cline: What opportunities do you see in the coming year for this industry?
New WQA President Richard Mest on the state of the industry
USGS study shows nation's aquifers being drawn down at an accelerating rate
A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study entitled "Groundwater Depletion in the U.S. (1900-2008)" comprehensively evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers (distinct underground water storage areas) in the U.S., bringing together reliable information from previous references and new analyses.
Analysis finds that educating end users on products’ benefits lowers resistance to new technology
Deteriorating water quality and technological innovations have given a huge boost to the water treatment equipment market in both residential and commercial segments in the Asia-Pacific region. People's desire for clean water and rising environmental consciousness in the wake of greater urbanization, pollution and occurrence of natural disasters have all ensured higher uptake of water treatment equipment.
As concern for the environment moves ever closer to the forefront of public and media attention, the water treatment industry has been subjected to criticism. Reverse osmosis (RO) systems and softeners have been accused of wasting water and contributing to salinity problems, and producers of bottled water vie with filter manufacturers over which option is greener.
New standards provide sustainability certification for carbon products
If you attended the WQA Aquatech USA 2013 tradeshow in Indianapolis in April, you heard about many exciting topics, but probably none that have been in the works for as long as the septic study. After more than 10 years in the making, the Water Quality Research Foundation published results from the Environmental Impact Study that was funded to investigate the effects residential ion exchange water softeners may have on the performance of onsite septic tanks.
Septic study results show systems working together efficiently
U.S. bottled water consumption increases 6.2% in 2012; sales up 6.7%
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA), in conjunction with Beverage Marketing Corp. (BMC) has released 2012 bottled water statistics, compiled by BMC, a research, consulting and financial services firm dedicated to the global beverage industry. The new data show that the overall consumption of bottled water increased by 6.2% and bottled water sales were up 6.7%.
With another year on the books, it is time to look ahead to 2013. As always, the water treatment industry will face a variety of challenges and opportunities in the coming months. Domestically, new regulations loom — some positive, some negative — as California continues to set the legislative tone for the nation. Globally, opportunties await for companies ready to take the international plunge, but the challenges of certification remain.
Industry experts weigh in on what is to come in 2013
Change — it’s one of the few things we can count on, day in and day out. These days, change seems to happen at the speed of light, and while it may seem overwhelming, the many opportunities it brings also can be exhilarating. 2013 is poised to bring a wave of changes to the water treatment industry — and with it, a range of possibilities for those ready to grab them.
Combining technologies provides versatility in treating different kinds of water sources while keeping costs low
Rapid urbanization in the Asia Pacific region is prompting the rural population to intensify its demands for a better quality of life, which includes access to cleaner and purer water. This, coupled with demand for high-quality water from water-intensive industries, makes a robust case for mobile water treatment in the region.
New analysis from Frost and Sullivan, "Asia-Pacific Mobile Water Treatment Market," finds that the market earned revenues of $48.2 million in 2011 and is expected to reach $298.3 million by 2017.
About 1.7 billion people live in areas where groundwater is used more quickly than it can be replenished
Groundwater supplies water to billions of people and is important for agricultural irrigation and the health of ecosystems. Water resource assessments tend to focus on surface water, but there is increasing concern about the depletion of groundwater. Although groundwater stored in aquifers is naturally renewed, shortages can occur when it is removed more quickly than it is recharged. In order to devise appropriate management strategies and communicate the issue to the public, it is necessary to understand the extent of the problem and identify locations of particular concern.