Guard members will assist residents during the city’s drinking water crisis
Approximately 70 U.S. National Guard members will be stationed in Flint, Mich., on Monday to aid residents affected by the city’s drinking water crisis. This will more than double the number of guard members in the stricken city.
On Sunday, teams distributed bottled water, filters, replacement filters and water testing kits to nearly 5,000 homes in the city. Samples from official testing kits can be dropped off at five sites around the city.
President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan on Saturday.
Brenda Lennox of Beaverton, Ore., elected the organization’s next president-elect
The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) Board of Directors today elected Brenda Lennox of Beaverton, Ore., as the organization’s next president-elect. Four new vice presidents and one new director-at-large were also selected.
Annual meeting highlights successes & prepares dealers for new year
To further its mission to deliver products and services that exceed expectations, Hellenbrand, a water treatment equipment manufacturer, recently held its annual national sales and training seminar.
Deadline for nomination is Friday, Jan. 15, 2016
This Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, is the deadline for Water Quality Assn. (WQA) members to apply or recommend a peer for volunteer service on one of the eight committees that report to the association's board. Nearly 150 applications have already been submitted, and WQA thanks those who have applied. The committees currently seeking volunteers include:
Groundwater levels have declined 50 to 150 ft or more since pumping began in the 1950s
Streamflow in southwestern Kansas has decreased substantially since the 1950s, most likely due to groundwater withdrawals, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study.
MacFee will serve as the company’s vice president of sales Western region in the North American market
Icon Technology Systems has announced the appointment of Lynette MacFee as vice president of sales Western region in the North American market. MacFee has been an active member of the drinking water and filtration industry for more then 25 years.
Online courses help professionals learn about the latest in system design
Engineers, contractors and installers in the plumbing and hydronic heating and cooling industries are invited to learn more about the proper design, installation and maintenance of hydronic and steam systems at Bell & Gossett’s Little Red Schoolhouse (LRSH).
The in-person seminars cover a wide range of topics and offer hands-on training in the latest HVAC system design at the fully equipped learning center. Courses are designed to meet industry credentialing requirements as well as bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge of HVAC systems and real-world applications.
In my former position as a sales representative for the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), I sometimes heard my clients refer to certification for water treatment products as a “necessary evil.” How unfortunate it is, I thought, that some clients think of product certification in the same vein as filing taxes, registering a vehicle or making a rent payment—things we endure because we have no other option.
Product certification helps manufacturers improve products & processes
Smartening Up the Industry
As I began to reflect on ideas for my 2016 Industry Forecast, I came to the realization that 2016 will be my 30th year in this industry. Yes, I am only 39! I have been blessed in that I have had the privilege to work with many of the “founding fathers” who shaped our industry, and have been given the opportunity to work with and hopefully mentor future leaders as well.
2016 promises to be a year of new technologies & opportunities
Over the past few years, it seems as though the water industry has gained tremendous momentum—and it does not show any signs of stopping anytime soon. Consumers are becoming more aware of water quality and contamination issues than ever, and international markets are growing by leaps and bounds each year. Technologies are developing rapidly as well—rarely does a day go by that my email inbox does not receive a press release describing a new treatment method or application of technology.