Certification Revamp

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) recently overhauled its certification and education program to focus on the real-life activities that dealers perform everyday. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Tanya Lubner, WQA’s director of education and certification, about the new program and how it will affect members.

Kate Cline: Describe the new modular education program. What are the benefits of the new structure?

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The latest on the new WQA education scheme

About The Author: 

Tanya Lubner is director of education and certification for the Water Quality Assn. Lubner can be reached at tlubner@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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February 6, 2014
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February 6, 2014
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New Year, New Laws

Whether you slept through the ball drop at midnight or yelled “Happy New Year!” with your friends and family, 2014 is well underway. With the new year came some new laws that everyone in the drinking water treatment industry we should be aware of. 

California Product Registration

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Regulatory changes affecting the water industry in 2014

About The Author: 

Amy Reichel is Gold Seal sales and marketing associate and tradeshow specialist for the Water Quality Assn. Reichel can be reached at areichel@wqa.org or 630.505.0287.

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February 6, 2014
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February 6, 2014
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Harvesting the Low-Hanging Fruit

Getting found on the Web is harder than it has ever been. Ensure that you are covering the basics of your Web presence with a combination of measurement techniques, site wiring and a basic content strategy. Here are four easy ways you can “harvest the low-hanging fruit” of organic search.

Reassure Google 

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Simple ways to get your company noticed on search engines

About The Author: 

Joel Hughes is a founding principal of MediaPress Studios, a subsidiary of Scranton Gillette Communications Inc. Hughes can be reached at jhughes@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1015.

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February 6, 2014
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February 6, 2014
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Trouble at the Tap

Many Americans, Asians and Europeans worry about the quality of their tap water; almost 40% of Americans participating in a new survey said they boiled or filtered their water before drinking it. That level of concern is a key trend in consumer attitudes toward the water they drink at home, work and leisure.

Bottled Water Binge

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Attitudes toward tap water lead consumers to search for treatment options

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David Noble is corporate communications manager for Blueblue AB. Noble can be reached at dn@bluewater.se.

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February 6, 2014
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February 6, 2014
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Feeling the Fear

The year started off with big news in the water treatment industry. The chemical spill in West Virginia, which affected more then 300,000 people, topped national headlines for weeks in January. The “do not use” advisory lasted more then a week for portions of that population, forcing them to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing for up to 10 days.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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February 6, 2014
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February 6, 2014
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Poland Spring Outsells Beverage Brands in Northeast

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Nestlé Waters North America
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Sales of Poland Spring brand water in the New York metropolitan area topped $506 million in 2013

New Nielsen data from 2013 of packaged beverage sales across retail channels indicate that Poland Spring brand water, the leading product of Nestlé Waters North America, is the best-selling beverage in the New York tri-state area. In addition, it is a bestseller across major Northeast markets, including Boston; Albany, N.Y.; and Hartford/New Haven, Conn.

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February 6, 2014

AWWA Announces WQTC Call for Papers Deadline

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American Water Works Assn.
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Abstracts for the conference must be submitted by 4 p.m. MST on Feb. 13

The American Water Works Assn. announced that the call for papers deadline is approaching for the 2014 Water Quality Technology Conference & Exposition (WQTC), taking place in New Orleans Nov. 16 to 20. Individuals interested in presenting must submit abstracts by 4 p.m. MST on Feb. 13 for consideration.

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February 6, 2014

Health Law Expert to Offer Affordable Care Act Primer

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Water Quality Assn.
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Former deputy secretary of HHS will discuss the Affordable Care Act at WQA Aquatech USA 2014

Business leaders attempting to navigate the complexities of the Affordable Care Act will learn a wealth of invaluable strategies from a nationally respected expert at the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) 2014 convention, association officials announced. Eric Hargan, the former deputy secretary of the U.S.

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March 18, 2014

NSPF Launches Online Training Course

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National Swimming Pool Foundation
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Routine maintenance course for pool and spa service professionals and operators gives extra confidence

A new online course, Field Service Professional Training, helps new and seasoned pool operators and service professionals become masters at routine pool maintenance. The course shows how to effectively perform routine maintenance on residential and commercial swimming pools and spas. Created by the nonprofit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF), the training is loaded with how-to videos, providing interactive learning about circulation systems, filters, chemical dosing systems, heaters, cleaning and vacuuming systems, automatic controllers and acid washing.

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February 4, 2014

AHR Expo Sees Record-Breaking Numbers

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AHR Expo
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More than 61,000 attendees registered for the 2014 AHR Expo

Despite a storm that dropped 10 in. of snow on New York City and created a state of emergency in parts of New York state, the severe weather could not stop thousands of attendees and exhibitors from filling the aisles and booths at the 2014 AHR Expo, held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, Jan. 21 to 23.

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February 3, 2014