Pump & Play

Finding potable water can be a difficult task for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. South African nongovernmental organization Roundabout Water Solutions (RWSSA) found an innovative method for communities to pump and store clean drinking water: playground equipment that doubles as a pumping apparatus. Raissa Rocha, editorial intern at Water Quality Products, recently checked in with Sandra Hayes, administrative and donor relations manager at RWSSA, to discuss the systems and the organization’s efforts.

Raissa Rocha: How do these systems work?

About The Author: 

Sandra Hayes is administrative and donor relations manager at Roundabout Water Solutions. Hayes can be reached at sandra.hayes@playpumps.co.za.

Raissa Rocha is an editorial intern with Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
November 30, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 30, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23153

The Word on Wells

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report in August revealing that 20% of untreated water samples from wells across the U.S. contain concentrations of trace elements exceeding human health benchmarks. Raissa Rocha, editorial intern for Water Quality Products, spoke with Joe Ayotte, USGS hydrologist and lead author of the study, about the report and the occurrence of trace elements in groundwater.

Raissa Rocha: What was the purpose of this study?

About The Author: 

Joe Ayotte is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Ayotte can be reached at josephayotte@gmail.com or 603.226.7810.

Raissa Rocha is an editorial intern for Water Quality Products. Rocha can
be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 4, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23124

Hydrofracturing & The Environment

Hydrofracturing is not a new concept—in fact, it has been utilized by the gas and oil industries in the U.S. since the 1940s. Thanks to increased media attention, however, many are led to believe that this is a new technology developed specifically for the extraction of natural gas.  

Deck: 

Evaluating gas drilling’s effects on groundwater and air quality

About The Author: 

Marianne Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. and a member of the Water Quality Products Editorial Advisory Board. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 4, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23121

Reclaim, Reuse, Reduce

Gateway Village, a 15-acre mixed-use development complex in North Carolina—designed to bring businesses, retailers, restaurants, new residents and visitors to the area—was developed through a joint venture between Bank of America and Cousins Properties. The complex is home to three office towers totaling more than 1 million sq ft of class A office space. In late 2007, North Carolina and a large portion of the southeastern U.S. endured an exceptional drought that prompted water restrictions across the region.

The Concept

Deck: 

Water reclamation system saves energy & water costs

About The Author: 

Joe Sgroi is an environmental applications engineer for Aqualine Water Treatment Products. Sgroi can be reached at jsgroi@aqualine.net or 704.895.5500.

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 4, 2011
Company Reference: 
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23120

A Growing Focus on Groundwater

In recent days, groundwater has been gaining attention. Increased hydraulic fracturing operations have caused controversy over potential methane gas contamination. Reports indicate that groundwater aquifers, especially in the drought-prone southwestern U.S., are being depleted more quickly than they can be recharged. Surveys, like the one recently released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), reveal that contaminants such as arsenic are widespread in the nation’s water wells.

About The Author: 

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

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 4, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23116

Small & Sustainable in North America

More than ever, sustainable surface and groundwater supplies are essential to communities across North America and around the world. The strains of industry and agriculture on groundwater are noticeable as pressures on water supplies intensify and supply patterns change. The increase in agriculture over vulnerable aquifers, climate change and hydrocarbon production are impacting water quality. Unregulated use or uncontrolled flow of groundwater can cause water quality degradation and conflict between water users.

Deck: 

Small drinking water systems opt for POE UV treatment

About The Author: 

Robin Keating is a regional sales manager with at VIQUA, a Trojan Technologies Co. Keating can be reached at rkeating@viqua.com

Publication Date: 
October 26, 2011
Activation Date: 
October 26, 2011
Company Reference: 
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23090

The Truth About Bottled Water

For more than 50 years, the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) has assisted and regulated bottled water production in the U.S. Water Quality Products Associate Editor Leslie Streicher recently talked to IBWA Vice President of Communications Tom Lauria about the benefits, myths and environmental impact of bottled water.

Leslie Streicher: How is bottled water regulated?

About The Author: 

Tom Lauria is vice president of communications at IBWA. Lauria can be reached at tlauria@bottledwater.org or 703.647.4609. Leslie Streicher is associate editor of Water Quality Products. Streicher can be reached at lstreicher@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

Publication Date: 
September 22, 2011
Activation Date: 
September 22, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23039

It’s Academic

College selects arsenic removal system

About The Author: 

Rich Dennis is separations process manager for Severn Trent Services.
Dennis can be reached at rdennis@severntrentservices.com or 813.886.9331.

Activation Date: 
April 29, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22718

Arsenic Advances

Arsenic and its compounds have been known to be toxic for millennia. Arsenic trioxide (As2O3), often referred to as white arsenic, was a favored poison in the Middle Ages because it had little odor or taste, enabling it to be easily incorporated into the food or drink of a victim. As little as 300 mg can be fatal to an average person.

Deck: 

Solutions to an age-old threat

About The Author: 

Paul Sylvester, Ph.D., is technology development group manager for Layne Christensen Water Technologies. Sylvester can be reached at psylvester@laynechristensen.com or 508.393.5115.

Publication Date: 
April 29, 2011
Activation Date: 
April 29, 2011
Company Reference: 
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22717

Breaking New Ground

The National Ground Water Assn.’s (NGWA) 2010 Annual Meeting & Expo will take place Dec. 7 to 10 in Las Vegas. NGWA President-Elect Art Becker discussed this year’s event with Water Quality Products (WQP) Associate Editor Elizabeth Lisican
and offered an industry update.

About The Author: 

Art Becker is president-elect of NGWA. Becker can be reached at art.becker@sgs.com or at 609.294.1110.
Elizabeth Lisican is associate editor of WQP. Lisican can be reached at elisican@sgcmail.com or at 847.391.1012.

Activation Date: 
November 24, 2010
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22325