July 2011

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A few weeks ago, the local electric utility visited my apartment building to give the residents free efficiency upgrades. The focus was not solely energy, however—in addition to replacing all of the building’s standard light bulbs with energy-...

Commercial softening provides a significant opportunity to well-grounded water improvement professionals. It requires a special skill set, similar to residential applications, but at an elevated and more detailed level. While the troubleshooting and...

Worldwide, engineered plastic connectors and tubing are used in the water quality industry for a host of residential, commercial and industrial applications. From water treatment and filtration to beverage dispensing and ice making, there are several...

Recently I purchased a food processor. Before using it for the first time, I read the 18-page instruction booklet and watched a 45-minute DVD. I asked myself, “Why do I put so much time and effort into researching how to use a relatively simple device...

When the McGraw Hill Data Center in East Windsor, N.J., was being built, the local municipal authority informed the company that it did not have the capacity to support the makeup water for the data center’s condensers or chill water plant. A new well...

Consumers who choose to use a residential point-of-use (POU) reverse osmosis (RO) system in their home need to feel secure that their system is producing high quality, reliable water for their family. Because most of us lack sophisticated equipment at...

Water is the most important natural resource in our environment, and it is used daily. If water was a pure substance it could be used without concern—but water is far from pure. It contains microorganisms and dissolved minerals, both of which need to...

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, we live in a competitive society. To make matters worse, I live in a competitive home. My children are motivated by the thrill of a contest. It is not just playing games either—the competition has moved to simple...

Some dealers build discounts into their marketing strategies and expect a discount in every presentation. Others have a strict no-discount policy. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of those situations in which a discount is necessary.

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Five years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched WaterSense, a volunteer partnership program that promotes water efficiency to protect the nation’s water supply. Targeting manufacturers and consumers alike, the program has had...