Tomorrow Water is in the house!

I am every excited to announce that Smith Environmental is the proud representative of Tomorrow Water.  In fact, Smith Environmental is the first municipal representative of Tomorrow Water in the US. 

This new addition to our line card is indicative of the direction Smith Environmental is going.  We are focusing on technologies relatively new to the US market.  I call them “Leading Edge Technologies.”   They are technologies that were developed to address challenges in other countries around the globe that are now challenges that treatment plants in the US are facing.  Resource recovery, energy and process efficiency, adding treatment capacity to existing plants are just some of the challenges these companies are addressing.

I believe the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology program, know as LIFT, an initiative undertaken by the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to help bring new water technology to the field quickly and efficiently, states it best:

The drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater markets will require significant investment in the coming years to replace aging infrastructure, expand capacity, and satisfy new regulations. Utilities need innovative technologies and solutions to address these challenges in a cost-conscious manner.

Please keep coming back for more opportunities to learn about these Leading Edge companies and what they are doing and the solutions they can provide for today and tomorrow’s water and wastewater treatment challenges.

Keep on Learning

It’s become kind of a ritual with me at the start of the new year.  Before I put the past year’s calendar away, I take a quick look through it to remind of what I did in the past year.  As was skimming through my 2019 calendar I noticed it was another good year for learning.  By this I mean I attended a lot of meetings where presentations on our industry, water and wastewater treatment, were provided.  I attended more than 20 meetings in 2019.  Between section meetings, workshops,  and conferences;  and our professional organizations OWEA, OHAWWA, OTCO, WEF, and AWWA, the available educational content was quite good.  We as members of these professional organizations have many opportunities to meet and learn something so we stay current with what’s going on in our industry.  Most everyone in our profession needs to get a certain number of continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development hours (PDHs) to maintain their licenses.  Even though this seems like a burden to some, I believe it’s vitally important to keep learning.  My job doesn’t require a license, so I don’t need CEUs and PDHs.  But I dare say I wouldn’t be very effective as a sales representative without these learning opportunities .  The speed of advancement of technology in our industry is incredible.  Without the continuing education requirements one could quickly fall behind.  Fortunately, we have these great professional organizations which provide us with so many opportunities to get  CEUs and PDHs throughout the year. 

The Good Work

These two articles in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper illustrate how vital the work in our industry is.  It shows how important the work being done operators on the front line and the management teams and engineers behind them is.  I am honored to be able to play a small part in this industry.  When I get bogged down and lost in the mundane business of the day, it’s articles like this that make me realize there is nothing really mundane about the important work being done.

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