Product Certification: The Truth About Standards

It is easy to be swayed by the erroneous notion that if the majority of people share a particular belief, it must be true. This phenomenon, which we all have encountered at one point or another, is known as a consensus fallacy or bandwagon fallacy. 

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Avoiding misconceptions about product standards & certification bodies

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November 5, 2015
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The Cost of Contamination

In October, the water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., came to a head: The city conceded that its scheme to use the Flint River as its water source was a failure, and it decided to reconnect to Detroit’s municipal water system for the time being. 

The switch to Flint River water was always meant to be temporary—the city plans to join a new regional water authority building a pipeline to Lake Huron. Although this interim measure was meant to save the city money in the long run, the toll on human health turned out to be too great, even in the short term.

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November 4, 2015
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Grundfos Appoints New Vice President of Finance

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Grundfos
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Anthony Sellers will be responsible for all financial activities for North and South America

Grundfos Pumps Corp. has appointed Anthony Sellers as vice president of finance for the company’s Americas region. He will be responsible for all financial activities for North and South America and will report directly to president and CEO Duncan Cooper.

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October 30, 2015

Grants Awarded to Water Well, Training Projects in Developing Nations

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National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation
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The Developing Nations Fund provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for qualified projects in low-income, developing or third-world nations

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) has awarded a total of $35,000 to five applicants for groundwater supply, and education and training projects in developing nations.

The NGWREF’s Developing Nations Fund provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants for qualified projects in low-income, developing or third-world nations as defined by The World Bank or some other equivalent international body, such as the United Nations.

Following are the grant awards:

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October 23, 2015

Watts Water Technologies Appoints Vice President of Marketing

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Watts Water Technologies
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Chris Jamieson previously served as vice president of backflow and valves

Watts Water announced that it has appointed Chris Jamieson as vice president of marketing. Previously he served as vice president of backflow and valves. 

In his new role, Jamieson has responsibility for all functions involved in taking the Watts Water family of water solutions to market, including marketing strategy, market management, product training, communications and pricing.

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October 21, 2015

Industry Insight: Of Snow & Soil

Winter is nigh, and that means one thing in many regions: snow. While many dread the thought of winter snow due to the havoc it can cause in day-to-day life, snow is an important source of water in many areas—not least of which is drought-stricken California. In an effort to better understand snowmelt and its effects on soil and groundwater, Ryan Webb of Colorado State University led a study to measure soil wetting and drying dynamics. WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline recently caught up with Webb to learn more about the study and its implications for drought-affected regions. 

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October 13, 2015
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Online Marketing: Your Online Calling Card

As an attendee of many conferences and networking events, I have found that a business card is regarded with pride as a first impression willingly given to anyone who will receive it. Whether it is a quick introduction or a prolonged conversation, it often ends or begins with, “Do you have a card?” or “Take my card.” I have even seen some pretty incredible artwork and logo designs and innovative paper, which make those business cards memorable.

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Crafting an online presence is about more than just contact information

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October 13, 2015
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Product Certification: Getting Certified in Quebec

Did you know that Section 32 of Quebec’s Environmental Quality Act currently outlines requirements for potable water products that are beyond those of U.S. states and other Canadian provinces?

The additional Quebec requirements from April 2013 state that the work referred to in Section 32 of Environmental Quality Act Paragraphs 2 to 4 of Article 4, Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 5.1, and Subparagraph (b) of Paragraph 1 of Article 10 require compliance with the standard NQ 3660-950. Confused? Please read on.

What Is Standard NQ 3660-950?

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Provincial requirements include aesthetic quality testing for water products

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October 13, 2015
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Regulations: Successful Strategies for Conservation

With California experiencing its fourth year of severe drought, the need to save water remains a top priority for local and statewide agencies. Throughout 2015, California’s annual rainfall has been critically below average, and that includes the state’s third largest city, San Jose.

In the Sierra Nevada, the source of half of San Jose’s water, the snow pack measurement in April was only 6% of average levels. Locally, the groundwater level fell about 5 to 25 ft lower than the previous year.

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California city implements restrictions to meet water reduction goals

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Emily Kurth is public information representative for the city of San Jose’s Environmental Services Department. Kurth can be reached at emily.kurth@ sanjoseca.gov or 408.975.2561.

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October 13, 2015
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Regulations: Drilling for the Facts

It has been more than 20 years since the combination of hydraulic fracturing and direction drilling was introduced in the U.S. to extract natural gas, and the process continues to be widely used. It has been a hotly debated topic due to concerns about its impact on public health and the environment, specifically on drinking water. Water has long been at the center of this debate, from the amount of water used to fracture a well to the disposal of the flowback wastewater to pollution of drinking water sources.

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EPA report evaluates fracking’s effects on drinking water resources

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October 13, 2015
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