Softening & Conditioning: Choosing the Right Technology

Two water treatment professionals, Jerry and Allan Horner of Impact Water Products (IWP), who have a combined total of more than 60 years experience in the industry, recently offered their expert opinions on water softening and conditioning technologies.

When you think of water conditioning or customers ask you for water conditioning, does that term usually refer to point-of-entry (POE) systems or can it include point-of-use (POU) systems?

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Jerry and Allan Horner of Impact Water Products offer their advice on choosing the right technology for the application

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July 1, 2016
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July 1, 2016
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WQA Seeks Volunteers for New Sustainability Working Group

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Water Quality Assn.
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Volunteers are needed to assist with expanding the scope of the S-803 product standard

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) are preparing to expand the scope of product standard WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems to include water softeners and ion exchange resin (IER) media. As part of this effort, the organizations are seeking volunteers to assist with drafting the environmental criteria for these additional product types.

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March 13, 2015

AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Filtration System

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This patent-pending POU water filtration device produces drinking water without frequent maintenance, chemical additions or component replacement. The system traps and neutralizes contaminants through an ion exchange process. It processes enough water to support a family of six, includes built-in safe water storage and lasts for 10 years. The system meets the World Health Organization’s Household Water Treatment specifications for removing bacteria, protozoa and viruses.

Alternative Action

In my first article, “Traditional Treatment Methods” (June 2014), I touched on traditional methods of residential water treatment and conditioning such as water softeners, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet systems.

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Study finds success with alternative water conditioning systems

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August 26, 2014
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August 26, 2014
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Traditional Treatment Methods

One of the most pronounced shifts in the water treatment industry is the rapidly burgeoning need to improve water quality. The need for water treatment systems is growing quickly, and, unfortunately, North America is hardly immune to challenges.

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A look at three tried-and-true methods for water softening & treatment

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June 6, 2014
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June 6, 2014
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Champions for Change

It all began for me in the fall of 2012, when D.J. Shannahan, owner of Sharp Water and a Water Quality Assn. (WQA) board member, provided me with his wealth of experience to assist the state of Delaware in revising a restrictive septic law. During a visit in February 2013, Richard Mest, WQA president and president of Master Water Conditioning Corp., immediately offered his years of legislative experience throughout the U.S. and specifically in Washington, D.C., to help in Delaware. 

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Associations work toward revised septic laws in Delaware

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March 21, 2014
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March 21, 2014
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New Year, New Initiatives

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Gold Seal product certification program continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the industry. This is being accomplished while maintaining quality control procedures and customer service. Regulatory acceptance of Gold Seal certification has reached a new high with the addition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program, which is now accepting the Gold Seal program for compliance of water coolers.  

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WQA prepares for new and ongoing ventures in 2013

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February 5, 2013
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February 5, 2013
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About the Ban

It has been almost three years since California passed Assembly Bill 1366, allowing municipalities to ban the sale and use of water softeners. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Nicole Bowling spoke with Mike Mecca, past president of the Pacific Water Quality Assn. (PWQA), about how the bans are affecting the local water quality industry.

Nicole Bowling: What is the status of the water softener ban legislation in California?

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September 11, 2012
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September 11, 2012
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Extending Resin Life

Water softener resin is extremely porous, which is beneficial because it allows for more surface area to capture calcium and other metals in source water. Surprisingly, 99% of ion exchange actually happens in the interior of the bead. Resin beads, ranging in size from 16 to 50 mesh, are abused daily during the backwash process and by contaminants in the source water. Resin could last much longer in these hostile environments with a few fairly inexpensive solutions.

Resin Basics

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Cleaning options to reduce resin fouling

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May 30, 2012
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May 30, 2012
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