New Filter Technology Reduces Drinking Water Contaminants

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Ceramic Filters Co. Inc.
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AquaMetix reduces harmful contaminants including Hexafluorosilicic acid

Ceramic Filters Co. Inc. (CFCI) is set to release a new range of residential drinking water filters that will incorporate AquaMetix, a ceramic and carbon technology designed to greatly reduce many harmful contaminants including Hexafluorosilicic acid which is commonly used to add fluoride to municipally treated water supplies for the prevention of tooth decay. This product will be introduced initially as the new premium core of its ceramic filter candles and cartridges. The company plans on introducing a full range of standard filter cartridges in time for the Water Quality Assn.

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December 13, 2012

Get the Lead Out!

In an effort to ensure that America has the cleanest water possible, on Jan. 4, 2014, a new law reducing the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products will go into effect. Williette Nyanue, assistant editor for Water Quality Products, recently spoke to Barbara Higgens, executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), to discuss the implications of the law and how manufacturers are preparing to comply.

Williette Nyanue: What implications does the new lead law have?

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

Williette Nyanue is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. Nyanue can be reached at wnyanue@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

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November 29, 2012
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November 29, 2012
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Assessing Quantity & Quality

Groundwater provides a valuable source of drinking water for millions of people across the U.S. But as new contaminants are discovered and droughts continue to worsen, resulting in depleted aquifers, it is increasingly important to monitor the quantity and quality of available groundwater. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently updated Water Quality Products on the status of groundwater quality in the U.S.

What is the role of the USGS in surveying and monitoring groundwater quality and availability in the U.S.?

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U.S. groundwater faces increasing contamination & overuse

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Herb Buxton, Kevin Dennehy and Bill Wilber are scientists for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). For more information, contact Kara Capelli, public affairs specialist for USGS, at kcapelli@usgs.gov or 703.648.5086.

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November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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Contamination Considerations

The source for drinking water is an important consideration when determining which water quality tests to run. Groundwater sources, especially private wells that are not tested on a regular basis, are susceptible to various naturally occurring and manmade contaminants.   

Well Depth

The depth of a well is an important factor when determining which contaminants are present in groundwater sources. Shallow wells are more vulnerable to surface contaminants, such as gasoline from a spill, because the contaminant has less distance to travel.

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Evaluating factors for testing groundwater quality

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Marianne R. 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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November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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Pores in Graphene Could Give Rise to Membranes

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Tiny pores in graphene offer possibility of membranes that filter microscopic contaminants from water

Much has been made of graphene’s exceptional qualities, from its ability to conduct heat and electricity better than any other material to its unparalleled strength. Previous research has also shown that pristine graphene — a microscopic sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern — is among the most impermeable materials ever discovered.

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October 24, 2012

I Am Iron, Man

I have four children under 10 years old, so as you can imagine, my house is filled with excitement—wrestling, roughhousing and playing sports. One of my favorite activities is to play superheroes with the boys. It has been a blast to see my sons enjoy many of the same superheroes I loved as a boy: Superman, Spiderman, Batman, the Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and many more. Ultimately, the boys like every hero and the special powers or cool gadgets they use to defeat bad guys, but our household favorite has to be Iron Man.  

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Safe and effective treatment for the ‘troublesome trio’

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Mark Unger is technical manager for the Water Quality Assn. Unger can be reached at munger@wqa.org or 630.929.2524.

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September 11, 2012
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September 11, 2012
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Clean & Green

Elevated levels of arsenic, iron and manganese prompted the Resort Village of Kannata Valley in Saskatchewan, Canada — a community of 149 households situated on the north shore of Last Mountain Lake, approximately 50 km northwest of Regina — to seek a treatment solution for its drinking water. The community water system is served by an artesian well that provides drinking water for approximately 250 residents. In November 2009, AdEdge Water Technologies LLC was selected by the community to supply an arsenic, iron, manganese and turbidity treatment system.

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Canadian community implements efficient contaminant removal

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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 10, 2012
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September 10, 2012
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Arsenic Illegally Released into California’s Groundwater

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WebWire
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A natural gas-fired power plant in Yuba City, Calif., failed to minimize releases of hazardous waste into the environment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a natural gas-fired power plant $13,500 for improper management of hazardous waste. According to EPA, the plant, located in Yuba City, Calif., generated arsenic from the treatment of wastewater and failed to minimize releases of hazardous waste to the environment.

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August 1, 2012

Areas of Elevated Contaminants in Groundwater Determined From Midwest Regional Assessment

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USGS
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Many of the public and private wells sampled contained natural or manmade contaminants

At least one contaminant was found at levels of human health concern in about one-third of untreated groundwater samples collected from wells in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). When radon concentrations greater than 300 picocuries per liter are included, 64% of wells sampled contain a contaminant concentration above a human health benchmark.

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July 26, 2012
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Lawsuit Filed to Clean Up Florida's Caloosahatchee River

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Earthjustice
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Algae outbreaks ruining river, drinking water plant and quality of life, according to Earthjustice

On behalf of Florida Wildlife Federation, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, Earthjustice filed suit today in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because the agency is allegedly repeatedly violating water protection laws in southwest Florida’s Caloosahatchee River.

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July 24, 2012
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