Category Archives: Opinions

The tip of the Iceberg

The true nature of the effects of these emerging contaminants on our health is largely unknown, since some of them are so difficult to test for, and there are many interfering factors. Since multiple, continuous sources of exposure to these contaminants exist in the environment, it will continue to be very difficult to define true causal relationships, so the safest path is to avoid ingestion, especially through drinking water.

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California sets new limit for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP)

Most TCP contamination stems from the extensive application of pesticides containing TCP that were manufactured by Shell Oil and Dow Chemical Company prior to the 1990s. Despite the companies’ knowledge of the health risks, they failed to remove the ingredient from their products or notify farmers and communities of the known health risks.

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California strikes down Chrome VI (Cr6) regulation

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is expected to complete sometime this year its 5-year review of the Public Health Goal for Cr6. The PHG is currently set at 0.02 ppb. That review was initiated late in 2016, with an abundance of new scientific research about health effects of Cr6. The most recent publicized activity on this was OEHHA’s extension of the comment period for this review until December 13, 2016.

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Potassium Permanganate in City Water – is it safe?

Potassium permanganate (KMNo4) is a powerful oxidizer. Municipalities and private users are able to use it effectively as part of a comprehensive water quality improvement process. Sometimes, things don’t work out as expected…

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Beware door-to-door scams

The Water Quality Association does not solicit door-to-door, period

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Are you ready to do Commercial Work?

You don’t need to do everything to be a success in our industry, but what you do should be done well. Don’t allow yourself to feel pressured to dive into the C&I market just because your competitors have. Study and analyze the risks and benefits as well as the impact it will have on your company before you over-commit yourself. It’s quite OK to gracefully withdraw and defer to a more knowledgeable/experienced colleague if you become uncomfortable during the initial discovery process.

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The Right Tool for the Job

There are many salt-free devices for sale, using various approaches like magnetism, radio frequency, ultrasonics, pressure modulation, heat modulation, organic acids, mono/bi/trimetallic reactions, phosphate compounds, chelating agents, and various iterations of media-assisted crystallization. Some do not work at all, but I have seen salt-free scale control options in the marketplace that actually work well under certain chemical and operational conditions in reducing and even preventing hard water scale accumulation. My frustration with most salt-free vendors is the lack of consistent, repeatable, verifiable data on where, when and why these technologies will perform or not perform.

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Neti Pots can be Dangerous

Neti Pots and other gadgets have become a fixture in many homes to flush out clogged nasal passages and help people breathe easier. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), improper use of these neti pots and other nasal rinsing devices can actually increase your risk of serious infection.

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Sustainability Certification – It’s a Big Deal

Consumers want products that are sustainable and environmentally responsible. Consultants, Resellers, and Manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned about making environmental claims for fear that they might be accused of “green-washing,” which is the practice of making unfounded, misleading, or unsubstantiated environmental claims.

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Lindon City Utah Boil Order

12/23/2016 – Lindon City, Utah announced a boil order because of of E.coli bacteria.

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