While many of us in this industry are far removed from the days of attending school, we should never stop learning. The education process merely begins in the classroom, as some of the most valuable information comes from our experience in the field or by talking with others who share their experiences with us.
Samuel Johnson once wrote, “Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.” I think this holds true for everybody in the water treatment industry—you all know water and how to treat it. That is why you are a part of this industry. But because technology is always changing, and new information is emerging, you need to constantly seek out resources to enhance this knowledge.
Because it is so important to keep up to date with industry information and trends, Water Quality Products is pleased to bring you the second annual 2007-2008 Reference Guide. Within the pages of this issue, you will find current information regarding standards and certification, water treatment methods, association news and regulatory updates.
This year’s Reference Guide also contains our first State of the Industry Report, which provides current information regarding industry trends and issues according to you, our readers. In September 2007, WQP sent a survey electronically to a random selection of our subscribers. Many of you responded, and we thank you for your participation. It is interesting to note that, when asked which resources you use for continuing education, the majority responded industry magazines.
As 2007 comes to a close and 2008 is just around the corner, be sure to review some of the important regulatory issues that were passed this year in order to run your business accordingly. For instance, the U.S. EPA issued a final lead rule that increases requirements in the areas of monitoring, customer awareness and lead service line replacement. In August, NSF Intl. announced that NSF/ANSI Standard 61 was changed to include point-of-entry systems. NSF also introduced a new standard earlier this year—NSF/ANSI Standard 245: Wastewater Treatment Systems – Nitrogen Reduction. This standard was developed to address regulatory agencies’ concerns about onsite wastewater systems’ environmental impact.
There are also ongoing discussions about issues such as desalination for safe water supply, as well as the effects of water softener brine discharges on onsite wastewater treatment systems. These issues and more will be addressed in the coming year.
On behalf of the entire WQP staff, I would like to wish you all a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.