Category Archives: Opinions

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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Surprise! – Your water heater is dying

Whether your water heater is tank-type or tankless, gas-fired or electric, proper maintenance and water treatment are essential to keeping it working efficiently and effectively for a very long time. Keeping your water heater protected and well maintained is one of the best investments you can make in the safety and comfort of your family.

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State of the Water Quality Improvement Industry 2016

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is a leader in the field; providing the leadership, lobbying efforts, and education to ensure that society’s leaders are making good decisions, that consumers are informed, and that plumbers and water dealers are educated in how to protect their clients from waterborne contaminants and health hazards.

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