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
Attitudes toward tap water lead consumers to search for treatment options
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.
The AirMax 3000 is a full-sized upright atmospheric water harvester that extracts water from the air and turns it into drinking water. These units are equipped with an electronic control system that turns the machine on and off when full and circulates the water to maintain clean drinking water 24 hours a day. Humidity levels and filter changing requirements are indicated with digital displays. The system can produce up to 8 gal of drinking water per day.
HaloPure removes 99.9% of viruses and bacteria while also preventing bacterial recontamination. Its uses are versatile and it can be applied to a variety of gravity and pressure POU devices. The media has been proven to enhance systems to help them exceed drinking water standards. It can be used with pitcher applications, inline, or with standard 10-in. cartridges for countertop and undersink systems.
These RO drinking water systems have cartridges and membranes that are easily replaced without the need to shut off the system. They are available in wall-mounted or floor models, and all systems come with storage tank, John Guest feedwater and tank shutoff valves, faucet, tubing and instructions. The systems are backed by a two-year warranty.
The MWF refrigerator filter is NSF-certified and removes cysts plus a range of contaminants, including lead and mercury. In addition, it has been tested by a third party to remove more than 94% of five trace pharmaceuticals: ibuprofen, atenolol, fluoxetine, progesterone and trimethoprim. The filter is available for use in GE side-by-side and French door refrigerators.
Water Missions Intl. — Tanzania to provide safe water to tens of thousands in Tanzania
Water Missions Intl. expanded its capacity to impact communities in Tanzania with sustainable, comprehensive safe water solutions by establishing a country program, Water Missions Intl. — Tanzania.
Fairfield University and South Dakota students collaborate on service project
In August, Bruce W. Berdanier, Ph.D., the new dean of Fairfield University’s School of Engineering, and two undergraduates travelled to Carmen Pampa, where they worked on a water treatment system at the Unidad Academica Campesina (UAC), “the united college for the peasants.” A branch university of the Catholic University in Bolivia, the institution draws from 19 villages, offering programs in nursing, veterinary science, agriculture and teaching.
Independent testing shows most appropriate products
Following a recent community boil order in Colorado, the Water Quality Assn. reminded residents that they can find home water treatment products that have undergone independent testing for effectiveness.
WQA tests and certifies products for effectiveness. The association uses the microbiological guide standard established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Texas-based nonprofit aims to provide clean water via new wells and spread the Gospel
Access announced that it is partnering with The Last Well (TLW). This Texas-based organization’s mission is simple: “To provide clean water to the entire nation of Liberia and share Christ with those we serve by the end of the decade.”