With another year on the books, it is time to look ahead to 2013. As always, the water treatment industry will face a variety of challenges and opportunities in the coming months. Domestically, new regulations loom — some positive, some negative — as California continues to set the legislative tone for the nation. Globally, opportunties await for companies ready to take the international plunge, but the challenges of certification remain.
Industry experts weigh in on what is to come in 2013
Change — it’s one of the few things we can count on, day in and day out. These days, change seems to happen at the speed of light, and while it may seem overwhelming, the many opportunities it brings also can be exhilarating. 2013 is poised to bring a wave of changes to the water treatment industry — and with it, a range of possibilities for those ready to grab them.
$675,000 awarded for the development of sustainable technologies to protect people’s health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded grants to 45 college teams in phase I of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) annual student design competition. Each grant, totaling up to $15,000 per team, for an overall amount of $675,000, is applied toward designing and developing sustainable technologies to help protect people’s health and the environment while promoting economic development.
Examples of team projects this year include:
The U.S. is currently experiencing its worst drought in 56 years. Many cities and regions are enduring unprecedented water restrictions and unfortunately, it looks like there is no end in sight.
Sydney highrise implements innovative blackwater reuse system
Studies detail use of onsite recycling systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included two case studies featuring Aquacell onsite water reuse systems in its 2012 Guidelines for Water Reuse, released on Sept. 29, 2012. This was the first year information regarding onsite reuse was included in the EPA guidelines.
Aquacell CEO Colin Fisher was one of 300 experts in the field that helped EPA write the guidelines and review case studies and policy language. Fisher took an active role in developing these sections and contributed two case studies regarding onsite reuse.
The City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program partnered with S. Groner Associates (SGA) to launch a rainwater harvesting pilot program in 2010. The program’s purpose was to encourage residents in select cities to install rain barrels at their homes to harvest rainwater, which can be recycled to water gardens and landscaping. It used a combination of proven community-based social marketing practices, such as recruiting early adopters to establish the behavior as a social norm.
Engineering a successful rainwater harvesting program
GE consumer survey indicates that two-thirds of Americans feel positive about water reuse
Despite the “ick factor” often associated with recycled water, two-thirds of Americans feel positive about water reuse, according to the survey of 3,000 consumers in the U.S., China and Singapore. The survey reports that Americans also think that industry and government should play a stronger role in making water reuse a priority.
This is a significant finding, considering that 36 U.S. states face water shortages in the coming year and by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population — or 5.3 billion people — will be vulnerable to water shortages.
Located in the Logan Square neighborhood on Chicago’s north side, Haas Park is a testament to the city’s commitment to sustainability through appropriate use of rainwater harvesting.
Haas Park honors Joseph F. Haas (1857-1928), a widely respected public servant. During his 42-year career in public office, he served as a Chicago alderman, secretary of the sanitary district, state senator and more.
City park implements rainwater harvesting for new fieldhouse
The guidelines include water reuse practices outside of the U.S., case studies, information on planning for future water reuse systems and information on indirect potable and industrial reuse
Water reclamation and reuse have taken on increasing importance in the water supply of communities in the U.S. and around the world to achieve efficient resource use, ensure protection of environmental and human health and improve water management. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its 2012 guidelines for water reuse. The 2012 reuse guidelines update and build on EPA's previous reuse guidelines issued in 2004, incorporating information on water reuse that has been developed since the 2004 document was issued. In addition to summarizing existing U.S.
Registration is open through Oct. 5, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to storm water management.