Stepping to the helm of a business is always an exciting challenge – but doing it on the eve of the biggest recession the U.S. has experienced in decades makes the challenge that much more arduous.
That is the situation Jessica and Ben Larson, owners of Indianapolis Soft Water Service Inc., faced when they purchased the business from Jessica’s father in 2006. Despite the challenges, the couple has successfully steered the business through the tough economic times while also staying true to their commitment to environmental responsibility.
Indiana dealership tackles the economy with an eye on water conservation
Partnership with DEKA R&D will provide water purification systems to rural parts of Latin America and Africa
To further advance the Coca-Cola Co.’s goal to replenish 100% of the water used in its beverages and their production by 2020 and support sustainable communities, the company announced a long-term global clean water partnership with DEKA R&D to bring DEKA President Dean Kamen’s “Slingshot” technology to communities where potable water access is limited. The company and DEKA R&D also will partner with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and Africare to bring the technology to communities in need in rural parts of Latin America and Africa, respectively.
McLellan has more than 18 years of experience with NSF, most recently serving as director of toxicology
NSF Intl. appointed Clif McLellan as vice president of its Global Water Div.
McLellan has more than 18 years of experience with NSF, most recently serving as director of toxicology for the past 12 years, helping companies, governments and industries improve the safety of water and water-related products globally, including water treatment chemicals, distribution, reuse systems, drinking water filters, pipes and plumbing components, as well as spas and pools.
The donations will be given to WQRF to support projects and independent studies
The Censky Challenge was named for Pete Censky, who stepped down this spring as executive director of the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) after 25 years. WQA committed to matching all contributions, up to $25,000—the original goal for donations. Funds are being delivered to the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF).
With WQA’s matching contribution, more than $75,000 total will be provided to WQRF.
IBWA says any actions that discourage people from drinking bottled water are not in the public interest
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) issued the following statement regarding the decision by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to support banning bottled water sales in Concord:
“We are disappointed in the decision by the state attorney general to approve the amendments to the bylaws of the town of Concord, Mass., that ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve PET bottles within the town, and we are exploring all available options to continue to oppose the bylaw.
Kusum Athurkorala calls for one international day to recognize both women and water
The 2012 Women in Water Award winner—Sri Lanka’s water pioneer Kusum Athurkorala—has boldly called for one international day to recognize both women and water.
Speaking at the International Water Assn.’s (IWA) World Water Congress and Exhibition in Korea this week, Athukorala claimed that the water industry is still a "male-dominated and technocentric" environment.
“We have still not got to the point where we are engaging with half of humanity's human resources,” Athukorala said. “Forget equity or gender if it raises hackles. Call it the optimization of human resources”.
Donations for the 26.5-mile paddle race benefit the Surfers Environmental Alliance and seven autism charities
Adam Glasgow of Advanced H2O Solutions of Toms River, N.J., and Frank DeSilva of ResinTech Inc. in West Berlin, N.J., were part of a team that competed in the sixth annual Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA) SEAPaddle NYC on Aug. 17, 2012. The race was a 26.5-mile paddle around the island of Manhattan. The Advanced H2O Team was the top fundraising team at the event.
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.
WaterCare launches redesigned, easy to navigate website
WaterCare announced the launch of its newly redesigned website. Product lines are grouped into residential and commercial categories and offer treatment solutions to water problems such as hardness, high levels of iron and manganese, low pH and sulfur. It features information on the company's full line of treatment systems, including water conditioners, filters, cartridges and reverse osmosis drinking water systems.
Policy brief outlines necessary actions to ensure safe and clean drinking water in Sub-Saharan Africa
A new policy brief recommended how governments, non-state actors and communities in sub-Saharan Africa can contribute to meeting the United Nations’ 2015 Millennium Development Goal on ensuring safe and clean drinking water.