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

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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

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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

Dual Certification of Gasket, Sealing Products Now Available

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NSF International
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Certification combines testing to NSF/ANSI 61, ASSE 1061 and ASTM F2854 standards

NSF Intl. has certified the first gasket and sealing materials used with push-fit fittings to both the chloramine resistance and tensile strength performance requirements of ASSE 1061 and ASTM F2854.

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February 7, 2013

New Year, New Initiatives

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Gold Seal product certification program continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of the industry. This is being accomplished while maintaining quality control procedures and customer service. Regulatory acceptance of Gold Seal certification has reached a new high with the addition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program, which is now accepting the Gold Seal program for compliance of water coolers.  

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WQA prepares for new and ongoing ventures in 2013

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Tom Palkon, CWS-VI, is director of product certification for the Water Quality Assn. Palkon can be reached at tpalkon@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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February 5, 2013
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February 5, 2013
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The Benefits of Belonging

Most of the readers of this magazine are in a segment of the water treatment industry concerned with point-of-entry and point-of-use drinking water treatment. This market niche is supported by a prominent not-for-profit national organization as well as various regional and state organizations. There are several related organizations that water treatment professionals also may be members of, including those dealing with industrial boiler water, cooling water, groundwater, bottled water and municipal drinking water.  

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Industry associations provide a multitude of opportunities for businesses

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Frank DeSilva is national sales manager for ResinTech Inc. DeSilva can be reached at fdesilva@resintech.com or 760.809.4864.

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February 4, 2013
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February 4, 2013
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NSF Issues First Australian WaterMark Certification

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NSF Intl.
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NSF Intl. certified 3M’s commercial food service filtration systems

NSF Intl. has certified 3M’s commercial food service filtration systems to the Australian WaterMark Certification Scheme for plumbing, water treatment and distribution products. 3M’s commercial food service filtration systems are the first to earn this certification from NSF, enabling it to distribute its product to the Australian market.

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January 17, 2013

Government of Alberta, Canada, Approves Pool Operator Certification Course

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National Swimming Pool Foundation
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Course will help improve public health and safety for Alberta pool and spa patrons

The government of Alberta, Canada, has approved the Certified Pool/Spa Operator (CPO) Certification as one of the courses available to educate pool operators in its region. The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) recently received approval to offer pool operator education under the Alberta Pool Standards 2006 under the Swimming Pool, Wading Pool and Water Spray Park Regulation. The Ministry of Health, government of Alberta, issued formal recognition to NSPF as an organization that can offer the course and provide training materials.

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January 11, 2013

Working for Efficiency

Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program introduced several new actions to help businesses, organizations and homeowners save water. WQP Assistant Editor Williette Nyanue spoke with Veronica Blette, WaterSense program manager, to learn about the new initiatives and the benefits of water efficiency.

Williette Nyanue: Tell us about the new workplace best management practices (BMPs) and the new specifications for apartments and condos.

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Veronica Blette is program manager for WaterSense. Blette can be reached at watersense@epa.gov.

Williette Nyanue is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. Nyanue can be reached at wnyanue@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

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January 8, 2013
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January 8, 2013
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