Volume 45 Number 11
Website of the Month: Step Up to the Table--A Cornucopia of Water Sites To Be Thankful For
As we enter my favorite time of the year--the holidays--my thoughts naturally drift toward the dining table and the Thanksgiving dinner that many of us share in each and every year here in the United States. As I look forward to seeing my mom’s and aunt’s cooking on prominent display, it’s also a time to reflect on the countless blessings we may have in the form of health and family, among others. So, what does Thanksgiving have to do with this website review? Glad you asked. Like the offerings served up on the last Thursday of November, we have smattered a little bit of everything into this column. Go ahead--feast!
On the customized home page, you’ll notice your main buttons include Online Tools, Technical Literature, Software and Contact. Below those is also a “News” button. Online Tools is used for all sorts of calculations. You’ll find calculations concerning cooling towers, boilers and some miscellaneous stuff like cations, anions, lime softening and even reverse osmosis (RO) membrane performance. It’s as easy as plugging in a few numbers and, presto, you’re set.
With Technical Literature, you’re provided with information on five different topics--general water chemistry, cooling water, boiler water treatment, ion exchange and equipment specifications (feed, storage, monitoring). What information exactly is supplied for each heading? Well, the ion exchange entry, for one, provides a description of the process itself as well as effects of oxidants on materials. A .pdf file is included for support.
The Software button offers the opportunity to find out more about what DMS does for the water treatment industry by way of estimator reports. Lastly, visitors can contact Ondeo or DMS for general information with a query and have them respond using the phone or email.
Under the heading, “Inside and WaterandWasteWater,” I click on Industry Groups. It sends me to another page where four sub-categories are listed--Industry Associations, Industry News, Industry Publications, and Industry Trade Shows and Events. As I discover throughout this site, it’s definitely more about “wastewater” than it is “water” (in the POU/POE sense).
Scanning a list of Industry Groups, I see AWWA, WEF and NACE--but where are the WQA, NSF or UL? Further, the site devotes space to 16 magazines, trade journals and newsletters-- such as Ultrapure Water, Water & Waste Treatment Magazine and Water Environment & Technology--but I don’t see U.S. Water News, Reeves Journal or some of the POU/POE magazines in Europe published by Zenith International. This wastewater slant is also evident under the trade show listings and news item coverage.
Another main button, Buyers Guide & Industry Directory, seems like it might uncover some balance with residential water treatment. The site promises a library with over 800 companies and 150-plus companies. Categories are broken down between equipment and supplies as well as services. I click on “Turnkey treatment plants-systems,” which leads to another listing of system types. I select “activated carbon systems.” Aside from Carbon Resources LLC, there isn’t much here that says “residential treatment” to me.
I click on Water and the site gives me three sub-headings including “Water & Your Body,” “Water & the Planet” and “Bottled Water.” The last is worth mentioning since, throughout the site, bottled water is dismissed as an unnecessary expense no better than what the tap can provide. Instead, of course, it leans toward using water filters. Fortunately, the page does recommend consumers seek certified water filters and contains a link to NSF (a new pop-up window appears instead of taking you offsite--a definite plus).
Next, Filters discusses different types of technologies such as GAC, water softener, distillation, RO, UV filters, among others. NSF Standards 42 and 53 are also broached along with a list of questions (and proposed answers) one should consider before purchasing a filter. Not surprisingly, all answers point to buying a filter for every application. As one might gather, Chemicals covers various contaminants and their descriptions (chlorine, Cryptosporidium, endocrine disrupters, Giardia, lead, VOCs, to name a few).
In About, I see the site is headed up by Cristina Carolan. She acquired an affinity for water treatment while pursuing degrees in biology and environmental studies at Baylor University. The Links page contains only a few of the major industry-related websites, the USEPA, WQA and NGWA being the most notable. For those sold on water filters, you can place an Order by visiting the site’s shopping cart at www.cleanwatershop.com
All Turkey & Little Stuffing