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As a young boy, I watched my father sketch out large shapes on a steel sheet with a chalk pencil. These shapes reminded me of a large jig saw puzzle. I wondered what he was trying to accomplish. My Dad would then grab his cutting torch and cut out these shapes like a conductor leading a symphony.

After the pieces were cut loose, Dad would place his welding mask on the top of his head, like a baseball catcher places his facemask when he approaches the mound. When dad was ready to let the sparks fly via the welding rod, he would snap his neck and his welding mask would fall into place. It was as if I were watching Darth Vader wielding his light saber. The intense brightness, generated by an average temperature of 3,700 Kelvin (6200 degrees F), mirrored the brightness of the sun and those jig saw pieces would surely be fused together for all eternity.

After a few short hours those numerous jig saw pieces came to life as a protective cab for a John Deere Skidder that is used to haul logs from the woods. This protective cab not only provided safety from tree branches as the Skidder traveled through the woods but it was also fitted with thick Plexiglas panels behind the protective screening so the operator could stay warm in the winter and those lucky enough to have the AC option could stay cool in the summer.

With his imagination, hands and desire to find a better way, my father instilled in me the inspiration to always invent my way out of a problem if a solution was not readily available. From an early age I believed that inventing stuff was normal, everyday work.

As I grew older, I held this spirit of innovation close to my heart. I know that innovation is a combination of personal passion, human ingenuity and a will to be bold.
Triton Stormwater Solutions is my contribution to the world of innovation – it is my driving force, my passion.

My Triton team shares that spirit and strive every day to provide our customers solutions to their problems. If that solution doesn’t exit, we will not hesitate to invent it.

With a growing global stormwater market and the problems it brings -Triton has once again turned to creative thinking and is proud to introduce a brand new concept, a brand new system, a brand new solution, and the newest game changer in the world of underground water storage.

Call us today to schedule your lunch & learn and let us present how Triton can innovate for you - 810-222-7652.

We're Drinking Dinosaur Tears

Nobody wants to think about it, but all water is essentially recycled—it's dinosaur tears, a colleague of mine likes to joke. Since most of the water that we drink each day has passed through other humans at some point before it reaches us, why are we so repelled by the concept of water reuse and terms like "toilet to tap"? A recent study examined people's feelings about adopting recycled water.

A 2015 internet survey of 1,500 Californians revealed that only 11% of Californians indicate that they would drink recycled water. Stanford political scientists Iris Hui and Bruce Cain launched a study to better understand why. The researchers discovered a number of fascinating results. While 87% and 86% of survey respondents indicated that they were comfortable watering their lawns and flushing toilets with recycled water, the study found that "direct consumption or skin contact with recycled water stirs the strongest resistance," specifically drinking, bathing, and cooking with recycled water.

In general, males were more willing to use recycled water than women. Self-identified Democrats were less resistant to using recycled water than Republicans or Independents. And people living in areas adversely affected by limited water resources such as the Central Valley showed more support for recycled water, though they too balked at drinking and cooking with recycled water.

Contrary to previous research, Hui and Cain's study discovered that the respondents' educational level didn't affect their views of recycled water. What did influence their perspective, however, was learning about the existence of other reuse systems, specifically the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System's indirect potable reuse process.

"When we give people more information about the recycled water system and how it gets purified and injected into local groundwater before being taken out for use, those details make people feel more comfortable using it in certain applications," Hui tells Water Deeply. "The public information on this particular topic is very shallow. When you frame it differently, people react differently."

In fact, after people were informed that Orange County has a "toilet to tap wastewater recycling program for outdoor and indoor water use, including drinking and bathing," and that this system provides 70% of the county's water, their willingness to drink recycled water increased from 11% to 17%. When the "toilet to tap" moniker was dropped and additional positive insight was provided about the treatment process, support for using recycled water increased further, but the share of Californians willing to drink it was still only 21%.

The study indicates that successful existing water recycling programs have a reassuring effect on people—a factor that could impact the rate of adoption. "As more communities adopt recycled water without harmful effects, the resistance to recycled water in other communities may break down over time," write Hui and Cain.

Laura Sanchez • November 8, 2017