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.
New standards provide sustainability certification for carbon products
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.
Individual component certifications can be useful when certifying systems
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.
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.
A desire to learn drives successful employees & companies
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.
Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of plastic pipe varieties
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.
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.
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.
WQA prepares for new and ongoing ventures in 2013
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.
Industry associations provide a multitude of opportunities for businesses
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.