My love affair with science began as far back as I can remember. In my 10th year I went through 3 chemistry sets, at 12 I learned 5 different ways to blow things up, and at 15 was making electronic gadgets to alter the sound of my guitar and accordion.

I did well in high school science classes and decided to take a pre-med curriculum in college. Along the way I became disinterested in medicine but continued on to get a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. In college I took part in the study of the environmental effects of unbridled Steel Mill pollution on the now-recovering Mahoning River in Youngstown, Ohio.

Out of college I was first hired as a Hemodialysis technician/caregiver. I progressed to technical management of a hospital based care center, and then, after 5 years was hired to design and implement water purification technology to the hospital, laboratory and pharmaceutical markets. My customers included Carnegie Mellon University, PPG and The Cleveland Clinic.

After 5 years in that field I was hired to place similar technology in the high-tech industrial markets. My focus was improving process, meeting EPA discharge limits and recycling water and hazardous metals. My clients included Ford Motors, Goulds, and Honda Motors.

In 1988 I went to work for a division of B.F. Goodrich and was charged with the task of water purification, energy conservation and waste minimization for the Power-Generating, Chemical, Paper-and-Pulp industries. Before they were even buzz words, I helped companies like Ohio Edison, Union Carbide and Conoco reduce their carbon footprint, reduce energy consumption and reuse water.

I took a brief break from environmental science in 1999 to be near my Dad who was ill. I built a recording studio and applied my knowledge of music, electronics and acoustics to a different industry. During my brief venture I was fortunate to work with Grammy Winner Billy Beck, Composer John Davis (Mission Impossible), and members of The Vogues. My book, Make Money with Your Studio was published by Hal Leonard, and many of my articles were published in Recording Magazine, The Christian Country Music Magazine and Music and Sound Retailer.

I was recruited to Memphis by Siemens in 2006 and then Envirogen in 2010 to bring high-purity water technology and hazardous waste recovery technology to industry. Successes at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Valero, Baxter, Caterpillar and Smith and Nephew, coupled with industry’s need for more personalized, custom services, lead me to create Water Is The New Gold in 2014.

Today, I provide a multitude of equipment, chemical and consulting services to help manufacturers exceed today’s environmental challenges.

In my private time I enjoy frequent trips to the Vegas Desert with my wife Cathy, and loafing with my 3 rescued pitbulls at home. I am an avid bowler with an ongoing, persistent 200+ average, and multiple perfect 300 games to my credit. I enjoy composing and playing music and am accomplished at guitar, accordion, harmonica, keyboards, mandolin, bouzouki, balalaika, bass and a few other instruments.

10 thoughts on “About Tom

  1. Hey Tom!

    Nice to talk to you again.

    Remember? I am the composer of “La voix des anges” for the accordion.

    I just post a YouTube video about water. It is a French song written by my wife signer and songwriter Hélène Cardinal.

    You can check it here:

    I also have a new “Accordion Guide” website but in French again but you can still learn by the visuals…

    Best regards

    1. Mario,

      my musical brother, it is so very good to hear from you. Many of my friends have enjoyed “Voixes” as I do my best to faithfully represent the piece to them. Always, when we paly, we add our own flavor, lol, but for this piece, I enjoy it just the way it is. I will check out your new creation. Thank you so much for stopping by. I am about to revamp my website, so perhaps a clip of you song might find a home on my site. I will let you know and we can discuss soon. God Bless you my friend.

  2. This comment from a very astute scientist and reader named Lon. Lon writes:

    Tom, I just read your article about the potential effects of sodium-exchange softened water and agree with what you wrote. One correction on your conversion from mg/L Ca++ to mg/L Na+; because the atomic weight of Calcium is 40 and for Sodium it is 23, taking into account that 2 Na+ are required to balance 1 Ca++, the conversion for 500 mg/L Ca hardness is:
    500mg/L Ca++ * (2*23 amu)/40 amu = 575 mg/L Na+, not 1000 mg/L.

    Thanks for your efforts to educate consumers about water matters.
    Lon Brouse, B.A., M.Ed., D.C.
    Industrial Water Chemist for 45 years

    My Response:

    Lon, I agree with your calculations completely. However, we are not speaking of equivalent weights and atomic mass units, but instead of ion exchange resin; which operates on valence, not mass. The ++ charge of the Calcium ion takes up two spots on an ion exchange bead. If that resin is in the chloride form, then 2 parts of sodium (monovalent) will be given off for every Calcium ion trapped (divalent). Likewise if the resin was in the hydroxide, bromide, etc. form, two parts of that ion would be given off for every single part of calcium.

    Thank you so much for following my blog and offering comments. Good stuff!

  3. I read with great interest your articles on TVA and those who object to their drilling of new wells. Who are citizens, environmentalists, or anyone for that matter to decide who water belongs to? As you pointed out, land ownership has always included mineral and water rights underneath the property in question. My family has a small beverage company, and part of why we are competitive is that we don’t pay for water, other than the electrical cost to pump it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Michael,

      thanks for your kind comments. he funny thing about this is that citizens use far more water on things like washing cars and pressure washing their decks than corporations and businesses do. Agriculture uses the bulk of our water, but try to float the idea of building Mississippi River infrastructure so farmers have plenty of water and don’t deplete aquifers. Water is too important to have emotional people driving decisions about it.

  4. Hi Tom,
    I have just read “Water, what you don’t know but should.” I read the Kindle e-book and I can’t seem to find a bibliography. Is there another place where I might find this information?
    Thank you.
    William Reynolds

  5. I think you have missed one importen link why windfarms cause drought
    Many windfarms are located close to see shores, with blocs moist air from the osian in over land. Wich causes drought.

    1. This is a very good point as well Erik. The crucial issue with windpower is that it is not the “free” , “clean” energy panacea people are being led to believe it is. People, especially ones with no scientific backgroud love to jump on the bandwagon, feeling confident that they are great friends of the planet. This is how things like Thalidomide, Asbestos, Cigarettes and DDT caused so much horror. Ind has a lot of effects that are harmful to the planet. There is no such thing as renewable enrgy, nor clean energy. TO convert any fuel into usable energy creates waste, depletes the earth of a resource, and contributes to warming.

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