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.

Publication Date: 
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.

Publication Date: 
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.

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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

Recreonics Earns Pool, Spa Operator Certification

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Recreonics Inc.
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The company’s sales team achieved recertification through NSPF’s CPO certification program

Recreonics Inc.’s entire national sales team achieved recertification through the Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) certification program created by the nonprofit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF).

The sales team members completed the course through the blended Fusion program offered by NSPF. Each participant enrolled in the online NSPF Pool Operator Primer course and upon achieving a successful record of completion, completed a one-day CPO certification classroom course and test.

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April 23, 2014

WQA to Host Modular Education Program Workshop

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WQA
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The seminar will go through live work on completing the Water Quality badge

The Water Quality Assn.'s (WQA) Modular Education Program (MEP) Level 1 Workshop will take place on Thursday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the WQA headquarters in Lisle, Ill. Using the new MEP, which employs the Learning Experience Manager (LEM), the seminar will go through live work on completing the Water Quality badge. Attendees must bring their own computers and hardness test kits. They will be completing 99% of the first tasks required to earn the first Water Quality badge.

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April 21, 2014

Certified Safe

NSF Intl. now offers StaySafer certification, a program that ensures food and water safety, to hospitality centers around the world. Water Quality Products Editorial Assistant Chelsea Corbin recently spoke with NSF’s Sonia Acuña-Rubio and Carolyn Gillilland about the program, designed to build travelers’ confidence in the water safety and quality of their travel destinations. 

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Water and food safety for the hospitality industry

About The Author: 

Sonia Acuña-Rubio is managing director for the NSF Intl. Food Div. in Latin America. Acuña-Rubio can be reached at sacunarubio@nsf.org.

Carolyn Gillilland is senior project manager for the NSF Intl. Global Water Div. Gillilland can be reached at cgillilland@nsf.org.

Chelsea Corbin is editorial assistant for Water Quality Products. Corbin can be reached at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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April 4, 2014
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April 4, 2014
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Zurn Launches Two Water Safety, Sanitation CEU Courses

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Zurn Industries LLC
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A total of six courses are now available on the Continuing Architect

Zurn Industries LLC launched two new continuing education (CEU) courses for architects that address water safety and sanitation — bringing the total roster of recent Zurn learning units to six.

Both new CEUs are available in streaming HD video via the Continuing Architect (TCA). They are a part of a series of eight courses scheduled for release on TCA by the end of 2014.

The two new Zurn courses are:

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Publication Date: 
March 25, 2014

May the Best Product Win

While growing up, I never would never have guessed that I would end up working in the drinking water treatment industry. All I knew growing up was sports. I was raised in a household with three older brothers who are all tall and athletically gifted. They range in height from 6 ft 5 in. to 6 ft 8 in., and I am 6 ft 2 in., so, simply put, if we had decided not to play sports it would have been a “waste of height.” When I was too young to even watch the competition, I was dragged to countless basketball games, baseball tournaments and swim meets.

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The unseen similarities between product certification and sports

About The Author: 

Amy Reichel is sales and marketing associate/tradeshow specialist for the Water Quality Assn.’s Gold Seal Product Certification Div. Reichel can be reached at areichel@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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March 24, 2014
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March 24, 2014
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NGWA Offers Certified Groundwater Professional Designation

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The new designation signifies that the holder has a thorough background in groundwater subjects

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) is accepting applications for its new Certified Groundwater Professional (CGWP) designation, which signifies that the holder has a thorough background in groundwater subjects.

The new program, revamped from a previous version that started in 1986, requires both professional experience and continuing education. The following core competencies ensure that the applicant has a diverse background in groundwater and sufficient skills to earn the designation:

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March 14, 2014