Industry Focuses on Water Scarcity, Valve Emissions Testing & Motor Regulations

By Michelle Segrest – Reporting for Empowering Pumps

The challenges surrounding water scarcity continue to be on the minds of technology providers, water experts, policy makers, legislators and water professionals. Desalination is one technology that can provide solutions. However, this is an enormously expensive and energy intensive technology.

To discuss solutions, which include intersecting water and energy in what the Department of Energy has defined as the “water-energy nexus,” the industry meets in San Diego in August for the International Desalination Association World Congress. This is the first time in 16 years the event is being held in the United States.

Meanwhile, in other industry sectors, DOE regulations with regard to integral HP motors takes affect in one year while U.S. manufacturing experiences a boost as does the shale industry as the price of oil continues to be a concern. The importance of fugitive emissions testing with regard to valves was the buzz at ValveWorld Americas this month in Houston.