A Blessing & a Curse

When Washington state adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new arsenic regulations in 2004, it was not the happiest day for Glenn Karn of Northwest Water Treatment in Kent, Wash., Water Quality Products’ (WQP) June Dealer of the Month – he is not a big fan of regulations.

Despite his hesitation, however, Karn found the regulation, which lowered the allowable arsenic level from 50 to 10 ppb, actually brought in new business as people strove to meet the new limits.

Although new regulations, such as the soon-to-be-implemented federal lead law and the softener restrictions popping up in California, can cause major headaches, they also can have benefits, besides simply improving water quality standards. As Karn discovered, they can spur new business. Additionally, they can instigate manufacturers to create new innovations to combat treatment issues and encourage dealers to try out alternative treatment methods to meet standards.

How have recent regulations affected your business? Let us know in the comments below, or e-mail us at [email protected].

Don’t forget – WQP is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Top Projects awards. Enter your most innovative installations by filling out the online nomination form.

Kate Cline is editor-in-chief of WQP. Cline can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1007.

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