The Science Behind the Standards

There is a buzz of excitement throughout the industry surrounding the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Sustainability Standards. The development of these standards was sparked by the WQA board of governors, which tasked the association with finding a proactive way to promote sustainability and environmental awareness across the entire drinking water treatment sector. This torch was eagerly taken up by industry volunteers, with task force ranks eventually growing to represent more than 50 WQA members and stakeholders.

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The life-cycle approach to creating sustainability standards

About The Author: 

Stuart Mann, CWS-VI, is sustainability certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Mann can be reached at smann@wqa.org or 630.929.2546.
Eric Yeggy, CWS-VI, is program development manager for the Water Quality Assn. Yeggy can be reached at eyeggy@wqa.org or 630.929.2539.

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January 16, 2014
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January 16, 2014
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UL Receives LT2 Compliance Testing Certification

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UL
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UL is scheduling sample testing for public water supplies required to comply with LT2

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.’s (UL) drinking water analytical laboratory for second round testing received certification in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment (LT2 Rule).

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December 20, 2013

WQA Awards First Activated Carbon Sustainability Certification

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Water Quality Assn.
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Kuraray Chemical earned this certification for a family of nine activated carbon products

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has granted its first ever product sustainability certification for activated carbon to Kuraray Chemical Co. Ltd. Osaka, Japan-based Kuraray Chemical earned this certification for a family of nine activated carbon products sourced from renewable coconut shell feedstock.

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December 16, 2013

First Australian Plastic Piping WaterMark Certification Issued

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NSF Intl.
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NSF Intl. issues WaterMark Certification to Simon Co. for its HIM Safe polyethylene pipe and fittings

NSF Intl. has certified Simon Co.’s HIM Safe polyethylene (PE) pipe and fittings to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products. Simon Co.’s products are the first PE pipe and fitting products to earn WaterMark certification from NSF Intl., and Simon Co. can now use the WaterMark logo on approved products and distribute to the Australian, Malaysian and New Zealand markets.

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December 5, 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

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.

Publication Date: 
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

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.

Publication Date: 
October 17, 2013
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October 17, 2013
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3M Purification Earns WQA Sustainability Certifications

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3M purification
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Six 3M, Aqua-Pure and Water Factory Systems products certified under new standards

3M Purification is the first to achieve Water Quality Assn. (WQA) Sustainability Certifications under the new WQA Product Sustainability standards. The products include water filtration products for the home and water appliances. 3M Purification joined a task force of other leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to assist the WQA in developing a new suite of sustainability standards for drinking water treatment products.

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September 25, 2013

Evaluating Electrochemical Treatment

The water treatment industry is constantly driven to find more sustainable solutions to treatment problems. Cation exchange water softeners are extremely effective at removing hardness, but are under attack in several states due to the salt and water they discharge during regeneration. Reverse osmosis systems are effective at removing total dissolved solids (TDS), but a significant percentage of the influent water is discharged to the drain as wastewater.

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Electrochemical systems offer efficient alternative

About The Author: 

Eric Yeggy is program development manager for the Water Quality Assn. Yeggy can be reached at eyeggy@wqa.org or 630.929.2539.

Publication Date: 
September 17, 2013
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September 17, 2013
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Certification Standards for All

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of the globe ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of availability of renewable freshwater resources per capita. Protecting the limited supply of this vital resource is critical to public health, the environment and the economies of countries in this region. This article will explore the regulatory requirements for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the adoption and recognition of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 in other markets.

Leading the Way

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Adoption of standards in Abu Dhabi & around the world

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Laura Moorman is business unit manager for the NSF Passport Program. Moorman can be reached at moorman@nsf.org.

Publication Date: 
September 16, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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Disinfection Systems Now NSF/ANSI Certified

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Aquionics Inc.
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Aquionics’ line of pool and spa disinfection systems receives NSF/ ANSI Standard 50-2012 certification

Aquionics’ UVSwim I line of pool and spa disinfection systems has become the first complete UV system range to achieve the new NSF/ ANSI Standard 50-2012 certification. The certification applies to all seven models of UVSwim I from 100+ to 4500+.

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September 16, 2013