Certification & Product Liability

Avoiding liability through development of standards and certification programs

About The Author: 

Rick Andrew has been with NSF International for over six years, working with certification of residential drinking water products. He has been the technical manager of the Drinking Water Treatment Units Program for over three years. Andrew is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Water Quality Products. He can be reached at 800.NSF.MARK, or by e-mail at andrew@nsf.org.

Activation Date: 
November 1, 2005
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
16441

Bottled Water Certification

"Filtered, bottled or on the rocks with a swizzle and a lime. However you prefer your water, we certify it.” goes the copy of a current NSF advertisement. The NSF International certification programs are certainly well known in all aspects of the water industry—treatment, additives, plumbing, contact surfaces and, of course, bottled water.

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NSF Bottled Water Certification Program at a glance

About The Author: 

Loren M. Merrick is general manager of the NSF Bottled Water Program, Ann Arbor, Mich. He can be reached at 734.913.5762, or by e-mail at merrick@nsf.org.

Activation Date: 
September 5, 2005
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Legacy ID: 
16370

Laboratory Testing: Certification and Sampling Protocols

A reputable laboratory should be able to help you determine what type of laboratory certification is required, if any, for the specific sample testing you are looking to have performed. Laboratories will typically provide all the sampling containers and collection instructions to ensure the accuracy of the sampling.

About The Author: 

Robert Ramnarine joined the National Testing Laboratories network in May of 1999 as quality assurance officer at Broward Testing Laboratory facility, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Robert received MS from Florida Atlantic University. Marianne R. Metzger is general products business unit manager of National Testing Laboratories, Ltd., Cleveland, Ohio. Ramnarine can be reached at rramnarine@ ntllabs.com. Metzger can be reached at 800.458.3330, ext. 223, or by e-mail at mmetzger@ntllabs.com.

Activation Date: 
June 2, 2005
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
16111

The Wide, Wide World of Residential Water Treatment Product Testing

Whatever the structure of the testing service provider, the manufacturer must be satisfied that their partner can deliver the project turnaround, quality, scope of services, reliability, and ultimately, the value that they need.

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Technology-specific testing methods in relation to the American National Standards

About The Author: 

Rick Andrew is the technical manager of the Drinking Water Treatment Units Program of NSF for more than three years. He has been with NSF International for more than six years, working with certification of residential drinking water products. His previous experience was in the area of analytical and environmental chemistry consulting. Andrew is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Water Quality Products. He has a BA in chemistry and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He can be reached at 800.NSF.MARK, or by e-mail at andrew@nsf.org.

Activation Date: 
June 2, 2005
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
16108

NSF - A Work in Progress

Water Quality Products Q&A with Thomas J. Bruursema to provide an update of NSF’s initiatives in 2005.

Activation Date: 
April 6, 2005
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16017

Perchlorate Reduction

This article summarizes the current state of efforts to address this hot topic from the point of view of the NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment Unit (DWTU) Standards.

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Claims in the NSF/ANSI DWTU Standards

About The Author: 

Rick Andrew is technical manager of the DWTU Program at NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich. He has served in this role for more than two years, and has been with NSF’s DWTU Program for more than five years. Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He can be reached by E-mail at andrew@nsf.org.

Activation Date: 
October 7, 2004
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
15498

Product Standards

It is easy to confuse the subtle differences between some, and even easier yet to be confused by the requirements of individual standards.

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Making the Right Choice

About The Author: 

Tom Bruursema is general manager of the NSF Drinking Water Treatment Unit Program. He can be reached by phone at 734-769-5575, or by E-mail at bruursema@nsf.org.

Activation Date: 
July 29, 2004
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Legacy ID: 
15349

NSF Conference Addresses Public Water System Compliance Using POU/POE

In February, NSF International arranged for many experts to cover the issues and facets of point-of-use and point-of-entry (POU/POE), how they can be used for PWS compliance and other opportunities for the manufacturers and users. This article is intended to provide opinions and a broad conference overview.

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Special Feature

Activation Date: 
May 30, 2003
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Legacy ID: 
14117

ETV Testing Verifies Membrane Filtration Plant Treats Surface Water, Meets D/DBP Rule

A study published as part of the EPA's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program verifies the performance of a Fyne Process membrane filtration plant tested on high organic-laden surface water in Barrow, Ark. The plant was able to remove significant levels of organics--precursors to disinfection byproducts such as trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids (HAA)--producing water that easily met the disinfection byproduct standards set by the EPA's stringent Stage 1 D/DBP Rule.

About The Author: 

PCI Membrane Systems offers complete water treatment packages including containerized plants, and also can provide remote monitoring of system performance. In addition to tubular membranes for liquids containing suspended or colloidal materials, PCI also supplies spiral-wound or hollow fiber membranes for clean solutions and ceramic membranes for high chemical compatibility and thermal resistance.

Activation Date: 
November 27, 2002
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Legacy ID: 
13439

POU Faucet Selections

Faucets for point-of-use (POU) water treatment systems must combine an attractive, contemporary appearance with materials that ensure safety and purity. POU faucets and systems are becoming increasingly important to help meet consumer demands for safe, high-quality drinking water. It is estimated that by 2020 almost every household will have a POU or point-of-entry (POE) water treatment system.

About The Author: 

Gary M. Strunak is national sales manager for Tomlinson Industries' No-Drip product line. He is responsible for all No-Drip sales in the U.S. and Canada. He has been with Tomlinson since 1979. Tomlinson Industries has been a supplier to the bottled water industry since 1958. Strunak can be reached at 216.587.3400; fax 216.587.0733; gstrunak@tomlinsonind.com.

Publication Date: 
October 29, 2002
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October 29, 2002
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Legacy ID: 
13403