It's that time of year again — as 2012 draws to a close, everyone is reflecting on the year that just passed and planning for the year ahead. This year certainly has had its share of changes and challenges, from the still-bumpy economy to changing regulations to the presidential election; but, as always, the water treatment industry is meeting the challenges head on.
This fall, Water Quality Products conducted its sixth annual State of the Industry survey to obtain readers' perspectives on how this rollercoaster of a year has affected their businesses.
AHR Expo survey reveals that 70% of respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013
According to a recent AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70% of the respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15% of these manufacturers expect a “much better year,” while 28% percent of respondents expect the economy to remain the same. Just 3% expect it to be worse than 2012.
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?
“Ignorance is bliss,” or so the old adage goes—but unfortunately, when it comes to water, ignorance can be dangerous. According to a survey conducted by the Nature Conservancy, 77% of Americans who do not use private water wells do not know where their drinking water comes from.
Purchases of residential point-of-use and point-of-entry filters in East Asia to exceed $1.2 billion in 2013
In 2013, sales of cartridges in East Asia to purify liquids will exceed $4.3 billion and will account for more than 25% of total world sales. This is the latest forecast of the McIlvaine Company in its report, Cartridge Filters: World Market.
The poor quality of municipal drinking water has led East Asian homeowners to utilize point-of-use filters in far greater numbers than residents of Europe and North America. In 2013, purchases of residential point-of-use and point-of-entry filters in East Asia will exceed $1.2 billion.
Study shows water sources of most populated U.S. cities, how the sources are used and their level of protection
The Nature Conservancy released the findings of a study that identifies drinking water sources for 493 cities across the globe. The study, the first of its kind, includes detailed maps and a website showing the water sources of the 27 most-populated U.S. cities, revealing how these sources are being used as well as their levels of protection. This study also addresses a critical gap identified in a 2011 Nature Conservancy poll: 77% of Americans not using well water do not know where their water comes from.
New survey reveals the good, bad and dirty about showering habits in the U.S.
A recent survey conducted by AXE found the average shower taken by 18 to 24 year olds in the U.S. lasts more than 17 minutes, a full nine minutes longer than the optimum shower time recommended to conserve water. While generally not top-of-mind, people's water use habits play a big role in determining their personal environmental footprints. AXE Shower is launching "Showerpooling," a campaign to educate people on the importance of water conservation in the U.S. and how everyone can save water by taking small actions in their everyday lives.
The India Task Force will gather again Aug. 8 in Chennai, India
Industry leaders, including Water Quality Assn. (WQA) President Dar Watts, attended the Aquatech China Tradeshow this summer, according to WQA. The association hosted a member forum during the show aimed at growing membership, product certification and professional education in the world's second biggest economy. The result may be the creation of a formal task force, such as the body operating in India.
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?
What exactly is final barrier? How does it work? Where does it fit into my business? These are questions asked by many dealers in the water treatment industry. The WQA Aquatech USA 2012 tradeshow, held March 6 to 9, focused on these questions with a mixture of presentations and a focus group discussion.
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