NGWA Provides Guidance on Hydrogen Sulfide

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New best suggested practice developed for water well system professionals

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) has developed an industry best suggested practice (BSP) for water well system professionals to use on how to deal with problematic concentrations of hydrogen sulfide in residential water well systems.

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November 13, 2013

Heavy Metal Encore

Just when you thought you had read enough about heavy metal in the Unger household and heavy metals in water, I am back! Last month I discussed the various challenge waters used for testing filters that make claims for heavy metals. These challenge waters are influenced by the various water supplies across the U.S.

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Testing procedures for heavy metal removal certification

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Mark T. Unger, CWS-VI, is technical and training manager for the Water Quality Assn. Unger can be reached at munger@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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November 12, 2013
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November 12, 2013
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Rock On With Certified Systems

It’s a lazy Saturday morning at the Unger house. Mom is at work, and she left me and the kids (ages 11, nine, seven and five) a giant list of chores to complete while she is away. The problem is, we do not have much enthusiasm or energy to get them done — so what do we do?

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Understanding the science behind heavy metal filtration certification

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Mark T. Unger, CWS-VI, is technical and training manager for the Water Quality Assn. Unger can be reached at munger@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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October 17, 2013
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October 17, 2013
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Drinking Water Downpour

When most people think of rainwater harvesting, they picture a 55-gal tank that collects rainwater from the roof to water plants — but this term also extends to natural collection systems like dams. Rainwater harvesting is nothing new; it has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Egyptians who used earthen dams to control runoff. Another example is the rice terraces of the Philippines, which are still in existence today. More sophisticated rainwater systems have been uncovered by archaeologists in Crete, Istanbul and throughout the Mediterranean region.

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Regulation & contamination factors for potable rainwater reuse applications

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Marianne Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

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October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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Heavy Metal Mine Monitoring

Isaac Plains is an open-cut coal mine in northern Queensland, Australia, that operates under an environmental authority. One of the environmental monitoring requirements that must be met is water monitoring. This includes monitoring potable water, mine-affected water, natural creek flows, water releases, groundwater and the receiving environment.

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Onsite testing technology helps mine meet water monitoring requirements

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Marty Dugan is chief marketing officer for ANDalyze Inc. Dugan can be reached at mdugan@andalyze.com or 617.281.6743.

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October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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Countdown to Lead-Free

The Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which passed in 2011, will go into full effect on Jan. 4, 2014. It may come as a surprise that the plumbing industry, through Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), was a primary proponent of getting this law passed, in the spirit of harmonizing regulations across the U.S.

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Organizations work together to prepare the industry for the low-lead deadline

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Barbara C. Higgens is executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Higgens can be reached at bhiggens@pmihome.org or 847.481.5500

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October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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Not So Rock 'n' Roll

At first glance, this issue of Water Quality Products might seem to have a rock ‘n’ roll theme, with phrases like “rock on” and “heavy metal” peppering the article titles — but unfortunately the issue at hand is anything but rock ‘n’ roll.

The focus of these articles is heavy metals, contaminants that lately have been making more waves than usual within the industry. Between the quickly approaching deadline for the new federal low-lead law and the recent release of California’s proposed chromium-6 limit, it is one that will continue to be a concern.

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Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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Small System, Big Benefits

The town of Newport Center, Vt., is a small community of approximately 1,500 residents located just south of the U.S.-Canada border. A combination of drought and increased water use required the drilling of a new well for the community to supplement the two wells already in service. Water quality testing of the new well found arsenic levels at 20 ppb, well above the drinking water standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Vermont of 10 ppb.

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Arsenic removal system helps New England town meet standards

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Richard J. Cavagnaro is marketing coordinator for AdEdge Water Technologies LLC. Cavagnaro can be reached at rjcavagnaro@adedgetechnologies.com or 678.730.6506.

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September 16, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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USGS Report Provides Insight on Public-Supply Well Contamination

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Study finds that conditions in some aquifers enable contaminants to remain in groundwater longer

Key factors have been identified that help determine the vulnerability of public supply wells to contamination. A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report describes these factors, providing insight into which contaminants in an aquifer might reach a well, and when, how and at what concentration they might arrive.

About one-third of the U.S. population gets its drinking water from public supply wells.

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August 5, 2013
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Testing Kit

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The SenSafe Water Metals Check test is a quick, accurate, inexpensive way to determine toxic metal levels in tap water. This patented test strip develops red in the presence of toxic metals above 10 ppb in only two minutes. It detects toxic +2 valence metals found in tap water. Because of its detection sensitivity, it confirms the need for water filtration or remediation. The test can be purchased for $19.99 for 50 tests or $5.99 for six tests with instructions and a color chart.