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

About The Author: 

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

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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

A Strong Foundation

A company is only as good as the foundation it is built upon. In the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) case, the foundation of the organization is quite literally its laboratories. The Performance Lab, constructed in the basement of WQA’s Lisle, Ill., headquarters, conducts the first half of the testing of a unit seeking WQA certification. The Analytical Lab, also at the Lisle location, allows WQA to test samples on site in real time, providing the capability to see how a unit performs as it is running.

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Onsite labs cover range of testing & certification needs

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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July 8, 2013
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July 8, 2013
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SNO Water Achieves NSF Certification

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Iceland Glacier Wonders
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Product meets NSF compliance standards, indicating testing & analysis

SNO glacier water from Iceland has earned third-party certification from NSF Intl.

The water received NSF's certification, indicating it has met NSF's compliance standards, assuring consumers that this product has undergone extensive product testing and analysis, including a complete evaluation of every aspect of its development.

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June 3, 2013

The Journey to Sustainability

As concern for the environment moves ever closer to the forefront of public and media attention, the water treatment industry has been subjected to criticism. Reverse osmosis (RO) systems and softeners have been accused of wasting water and contributing to salinity problems, and producers of bottled water vie with filter manufacturers over which option is greener.

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New standards provide sustainability certification for carbon products

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.

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May 3, 2013
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May 3, 2013
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Piecing Together Certification

Certification may seem complicated, but once it is broken down into digestible pieces, it becomes simple. There are many drinking water treatment unit (DWTU) standards, each focusing on a specific technology. NSF/ANSI Standard 42, the focus of this discussion, provides protocols and requirements for water filter certification.

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Individual component certifications can be useful when certifying systems

About The Author: 

Brian Donda is Gold Seal and exhibit sales manager for the Water Quality Assn. Donda can be reached at bdonda@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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April 11, 2013
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April 11, 2013
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California Lawmakers Tout Third-Party Certification Bill

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Water Quality Assn.
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California state legislators address the state's drinking water

A number of California state legislators included the bill for third-party certification as part of a package designed to provide clean drinking water.

Nine bills were highlighted by the lawmakers, all of them part of a program to address the state's drinking water crisis.

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April 1, 2013

Thirsting for Knowledge

In my travels across North America over the years, I have observed and documented the characteristics of people and companies to develop profiles. In particular, I look for companies that seem to be the most successful in their markets. We all have periods of success, but I am referring to the companies that seem to continuously rise to the top, even with ever-changing markets and economic conditions.

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A desire to learn drives successful employees & companies

About The Author: 

Ric Harry is sales director – Canada for Culligan Intl. Co. Harry can be reached at info@richarry.com or 905.734.7756.

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March 29, 2013
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March 29, 2013
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Picking Plastic for Pipe

When choosing pipe or fittings for any water application, the material options can be overwhelming. This was not always the case, though: For centuries, most pipe was made of lead or wood. In fact, the word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead, plumbum.  Although the mechanical properties of lead are advantageous for making pipe, its toxicity is an issue. Wood pipe, on the other hand, is nontoxic, but susceptible to leaks. And because wood is soft, people could easily drill into the pipe and steal water.    

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Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of plastic pipe varieties

About The Author: 

Amanda Fisher, CWS-VI, is product certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Fisher can be reached at afisher@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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March 20, 2013
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March 20, 2013
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Protective Coating Earns Highest NSF 61 Rating

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VersaFlex Inc.
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VersaFlex's pure polyurea systems for potable water achieve temperature approval rating

All of VersaFlex Inc.’s specially formulated pure polyurea systems for potable water applications have achieved the highest level of NSF/ANSI 61 Section 5 (2011) approval in the polyurea industry.

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February 21, 2013