If, like me, you are a fan of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” and you are in the water industry, there is probably one aspect of the show that drives you crazy—the show’s hosts, who flip homes in Southern California, lay sod in the front and back yards of the homes they renovate.
From coast to coast, regional associations serve a variety of purposes for water professionals. Most importantly, they advocate for the water industry by working with local and state governments and agencies to advance legislation and policies that help the industry. Here, representatives of the Minnesota, Texas, Pacific and Eastern water quality associations provide updates of the latest legislative efforts in their states and regions.
Pushing Forward Licensing Legislation
By Mike Herman
Regional associations advance the water industry through legislation
Family businesses abound in the water treatment industry, with many now helmed by the third or even fourth generation. Here WQP highlights three such dealerships—McKinney Artesian Well & Pump Supply Co. of Plaistow, N.H.; Culligan of Marlette, Mich.; and Abendroth Water Conditioning of Fort Atkinson, Wis.—as examples of the hard work and values that go into running a successful family business in this industry.
A look at the water industry’s multi-generational family businesses
WQP’s first annual Young Professionals program recognizes 14 of the best and brightest water industry professionals under the age of 40. Representing all sectors of the industry, from manufacturing to dealerships to associations, they were nominated for this honor by their colleagues for demonstrating creativity, entrepreneurship and a love of the water industry.
Timothy Van Overloop, CWS, CI
Owner, NMP Water Systems
WQP recognizes 14 up and comers in the water industry
Conversations about water treatment usually focus on things—the treatment technology, the hardware, the contaminant. This is true of most articles in WQP, where we discuss new applications, the latest technologies and emerging contaminant concerns.
The truth is that without the people who make up the water treatment industry—the dealers who answer the late-night service calls, the association members who travel to meet with legislators and regulators, the water professionals going above and beyond—the industry would not be where it is today.
To help schools, businesses, and other facilities save water in restrooms, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added a new category to its list of products that can earn the WaterSense label—flushometer-valve toilets, also known as water closets. Here, WQP Associate Editor Elisabeth Lisican discusses the new category with WaterSense Lead Engineer Stephanie Tanner.
Elisabeth Lisican: Please explain the new category that was recently added to the list of products that can earn the WaterSense label.
In December 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a follow-up report detailing the impact the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act has had on consumers. CFPB Director Ken Cordray said that, overall, “The law made it easier for consumers to evaluate costs and risks by eliminating the worst back-end pricing practices in the market. There is more work to do.
Federal agencies evaluate deferred interest promotional financing plans
The Flint, Mich., water crisis has dominated national news since the beginning of 2016. On Jan. 16, President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, providing $5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for filters, replacement cartridges and water testing kits. The following week, Michigan legislators worked to approve $28 million in additional funding, $15.2 million of which will to go toward additional filters and replacement cartridges and further testing. This issue even found its way into the January Democratic presidential candidate debate.
The latest on the Flint water crisis, water softener regulations & more
It seems there has not been a day since the start of 2016 that a new development or revelation on the Flint, Mich., water crisis has not been reported in the news. At this point, it is likely that the mere mention of Flint will forever evoke associations with lead contamination, sick children and government ineptitude.
Organization will spotlight achievements of subscriber utilities
The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a sponsor of research supporting the water community, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Officially incorporated in 1966, WRF has provided its subscribers with research and tools to solve the complex challenges of the water community. Today, WRF subscribers include more than 1,000 water and wastewater utilities throughout the world, as well as consulting firms and manufacturing companies.