Nov 29, 2019

Industry News Week 11/29/19

Brave Blue World, a documentary about how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think water management, is premiering in Los Angeles Dec. 16.

Brave Blue World, a documentary about how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think water management, is premiering in Los Angeles Dec. 16.

Brave Blue World to Premiere in Los Angeles 

Brave Blue World, a documentary that paints an optimistic future for water, will premiere Dec. 16 at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. Several key protagonists, including Jaden Smith, will be in attendance.

“This is a huge milestone for us,” said Paul O’Callaghan, executive producer and founder of BlueTech Research, who spearheaded the project. “The Brave Blue World documentary is a collaboration and celebration of the scientific and technology advancements that have been taking place, often behind the scenes, to deliver water services.”

“It is often an apocalyptic picture painted about the millions of people lacking access to safe sanitation and water. But through Brave Blue World, we can spread the message that the situation is improving, the technology is there, and within our lifetime we can cure these global problems” O’Callaghan said.

Canadian Water Quality Assn. Announces New Executive Director

Canadian Water Quality Assn. (CWQA) announced in a press release that Shelley Peters has been appointed as the new executive director. Peters has been in the water treatment industry in Canada for more than 30 years. 

Peters started her career with Petwa Canada Ltd, and when it was bought out by U.S. Filter, she became part of the team at WaterGroup in Cambridge. She joined Waterite Inc. in 2010 and most recently with the Canature WaterGroup team in Cambridge. She was involved in the CWQA as a board director, vice president, president and now the executive director.

The CWQA team is sorry to see past executive director Anne Baliva leave and wish her continued success.

Water Systems Council Introduces Infrastructure Planning Resource for Rural Communities

The Water Systems Council (WSC), the only national nonprofit organization solely focused on household wells and water well systems, has launched a comprehensive online guide to financial and planning resources for rural community drinking water infrastructure projects.

The new website follows the Water Supply Cost Savings Act, which requires that alternative drinking water supplies such as individual, shared and community wells be considered in applications for federal funding for drinking water systems serving 500 or fewer people.  

“The most recent EPA Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey reflects a shortfall of $64 billion in drinking water infrastructure funding,” said Margaret Martens, WSC executive director. “ is meant to assist small communities with identifying cost-effective solutions in the face of unique rural water challenges where connecting to a larger system is neither cost-effective nor feasible."

Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air Buys The Eco Plumbers

Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air has purchased The Eco Plumbers in San Marcos, Calif., according to Mary Jean Anderson, president of Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air.  

"When The Eco Plumbers decided to consolidate their business at their headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, it created an opportunity for us to expand our footprint in north San Diego county. We're looking forward to showing their customers why we say 'Nobody wows clients like we do!' by providing the best service and products for residential plumbing, drains, heating and air conditioning," Anderson said. 

"What gives us great satisfaction is that our loyal customers will be well taken care of by the team at Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air," said Mike Barnhart, chief financial officer of The Eco Plumbers. "It was a tough decision to sell but we know it is the right decision for our employees and our business overall. And it's great for our customers because the Anderson team is so highly regarded throughout all of San Diego County.”

IAPMO Codes Mobile App Now Available for Download

The International Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Codes app is now available for download, according to a press release. Users have access to their purchased code books on mobile devices, even when they are offline. The free IAPMO Codes app also serves as a resource to contact the technical staff about any code questions, apply for technical committees or request information about the code development process.

Those who have already purchased an electronic version of the 2015 or 2018 codes will automatically be able to view their purchased codes on the app with their login information. The IAPMO Codes app is available in both the iOS and Google Play app stores.