Choosing Wisely

No longer is choosing a water treatment product as simple as trusting a commercial on TV. It is prudent for you to do your homework and educate yourself to gain knowledge on which types of products are right for your clients. 

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Factors to consider when evaluating drinking water treatment systems

About The Author: 

Tina Donda, CWS-VI, is global business development manager for the Water Quality Assn. Donda can be reached at tdonda@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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October 9, 2014
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October 9, 2014
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Third-Party Certification Takes Effect in Wisconsin

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Water Quality Assn.
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Water treatment devices certified for material safety, contaminant reduction no longer need state approval to be sold

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) announced that third-party certification is finally coming to the state of Wisconsin. Effective Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, water treatment devices certified for material safety and contaminant reduction by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited body no longer need state approval to be sold in Wisconsin.

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October 2, 2014
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Third-Party Certification Takes Effect in Wisconsin

Drinking Water Products Sustainability Standard Achieves ANSI Accreditation

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Water Quality Assn.
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S-803 is the first drinking water treatment products sustainability standard to receive the accreditation

In order to help consumers identify environmentally friendly drinking water filters, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems has been officially accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.

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Publication Date: 
September 9, 2014

Certified to Compete

Whether or not we would like to admit it, we are a competitive society. Competition surrounds us in everything we do, and we are always looking for ways to get an edge. It is involved even in simple, daily activities, such as driving your car when you are running an errand.

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Certifying products helps differentiate them from the competition

About The Author: 

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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August 27, 2014
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August 27, 2014
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Securing Water Safety

Protecting the quality and safety of our nation’s drinking water is an important and never-ending task. NSF Intl., a global independent public health organization, works with government, industry and consumer groups to make sure harmful contaminants and chemicals are not added to drinking water.

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New standards ensure protection against tampering & emerging contaminants

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Dave Purkiss is general manager of NSF Intl.’s Municipal Water Products Program. Purkiss can be reached at purkiss@nsf.org or 734.827.6855.

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August 26, 2014
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August 26, 2014
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WaterSense Revises Professional Certification Programs Labeling System

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WaterSense
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Benefits extended to all irrigation professionals certified by WaterSense-labeled programs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program released the final WaterSense Professional Certification Program Labeling System and three revised specifications for professional certification programs. Together, the program labeling system and revised program specifications are designed to:

Publication Date: 
July 30, 2014

Commercial Certification

Residential drinking water treatment unit products have many standards and protocols available to companies to demonstrate that their products have been tested and certified to verify that the materials that come into contact with drinking water are not harmful, the products are structurally sound and the performance reduction claims are accurate. Commercial products were seemingly left in the dust, however, and end users do not have a significant amount of guidance within the standards to make the same distinctions about these larger systems. 

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Testing & certification options for commercial water treatment systems

About The Author: 

Tina Donda, CWS-VI, is global business development manager for the Water Quality Assn. Donda can be reached at tdonda@wqa.org or 630.929.2533.

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July 18, 2014
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July 18, 2014
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Contaminant Reduction Testing for RO & Filters

There are many different technologies that can be used to reduce the level of contaminants in water. The two most common that are tested in the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) product testing laboratory are reverse osmosis (RO) systems and filters. This testing is used to provide independent third-party certification for these types of products. 

Testing for RO Systems

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The process for certifying POU & POE devices to NSF standards

About The Author: 

Emily Bolda was formerly laboratory assistant for the Water Quality Assn. For more information, contact Tom Spoden at tspoden@wqa.org.

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June 16, 2014
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June 16, 2014
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The Lowdown on Lead

In 2011, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) reported in Water Quality Products on the history of lead in drinking water and the difficulties of testing for it. 

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The challenges of creating a lead removal certification protocol

About The Author: 

Tom Spoden, CWS-VI, is laboratory manager for the Water Quality Assn. Spoden can be reached at tspoden@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

Publication Date: 
May 9, 2014
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May 9, 2014
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NSF Intl. Appoints New Managing Director for Middle East

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NSF Intl.
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NSF Middle East provides testing, auditing and certification for water, food and beverage industries

NSF Intl. appointed Christian Kurdy as managing director, NSF Middle East, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. NSF has been active in the Middle East for more than 25 years, working with more than 1,000 companies in the region.

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May 8, 2014