There is a buzz of excitement throughout the industry surrounding the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Sustainability Standards. The development of these standards was sparked by the WQA board of governors, which tasked the association with finding a proactive way to promote sustainability and environmental awareness across the entire drinking water treatment sector. This torch was eagerly taken up by industry volunteers, with task force ranks eventually growing to represent more than 50 WQA members and stakeholders.
The life-cycle approach to creating sustainability standards
Another year has come and gone, and it is time again to look toward the future. The coming year promises many opportunities, but, as always, an array of challenges as well. The water industry must endeavor through a time of increasing globalization — a positive trend when it comes to working together to resolve the ever-increasing issues of water scarcity and sustainability, but a negative one in terms of ever-growing competition. Closer to home, U.S.
Industry experts’ input on the year to come
"Going green” is a term that has been unavoidable over the past few years. While overuse has caused the phrase to lose its meaning in some cases, it has not reduced the importance of improving water and energy efficiency and conserving resources, whether at your own business or on a global level.
At the small business level, going green can not only help the environment, but also help save costs and gain customers. Getting creative with green alternatives can help those cost savings add up.
Scientists have predicted the glaciers in western Uganda may cease to exist in two decades
A two-week expedition of western Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains, conducted by Pax Arctica, Makerere University’s Mountain Resource Centre and Green Cross Intl. (GCI), is being launched to raise awareness on Africa’s vanishing glaciers and the global water crisis.
Doug White was president of the board of governors from 2008 to 2009
Douglas T. White, former president of the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) board of governors died on Jan. 11 after a lengthy illness. He served on WQA’s board of directors from 2004 to 2010, and was president of the board of governors from 2008 to 2009.
Chemical spill in West Virginia impacts drinking water for the company’s treatment and distribution systems
The chemical spill in Charleston, W.Va., has impacted the drinking water for American Water's treatment and distribution systems. The company is seeking additional mobile lab support that can run samples for decision-making support as it begins to take actions to clear the system.
The method and equipment specifications are below.
Mexel will be Amchem’s master distributor to all members of the Association of Water Technology
Mexel USA LLC, exclusive U.S. distributor of Mexel anti-fouling products, signed a strategic agreement with American Chemstar Inc., trading as Amchem Solutions, to become its master distributor to all members of the Association of Water Technology.
Association awards the 2013 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Leila Karimi
The Intl. Desalination Assn. (IDA) has awarded the 2013 Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Leila Karimi, a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Energy and the Environment, Chemical Engineering Department, New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Course to focus on improving sustainability by integrating hybrid technologies with renewable energy
The Intl. Water Summit (IWS) will host an The Intl. Desalination Assn. (IDA) Desalination Academy course on "Integration of Hybrid Technologies with Renewable Energy to Improve the Sustainability of Water Desalination" and "Sustainable Operation with Advanced Membrane Filtration."
Awards recognize efforts in communities to protect public health and the environment
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations. The period for the awards is 2013. EPA is now seeking nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in April 2014.