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.
Residential drinking water treatment products have a plethora of standards and protocols available to demonstrate that they have been tested and certified to ensure that the materials that come into contact with drinking water are not harmful, the products are structurally sound and the performance reduction claims are accurate. Commercial products were left in the dust, however, and end users do not have a significant amount of guidance within the standards to make the same distinctions about these larger systems.
Certification options for commercial treatment systems
With another year on the books, it is time to look ahead to 2013. As always, the water treatment industry will face a variety of challenges and opportunities in the coming months. Domestically, new regulations loom — some positive, some negative — as California continues to set the legislative tone for the nation. Globally, opportunties await for companies ready to take the international plunge, but the challenges of certification remain.
Industry experts weigh in on what is to come in 2013
The company consolidates headquarters and leadership
Layne Christensen Co. announced that its board of directors has approved the relocation of its global corporate headquarters from Mission Woods, Kan., to The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston. The move is expected to commence in spring 2013 and be completed by winter 2013.
The move will involve most executive positions in Layne's corporate leadership, as well as certain other management and staff positions. Most senior executives from Layne's six divisions will ultimately consolidate into the Houston headquarters.
Tom Spoden and Dean Jarog accept analytical laboratory supervisor and laboratory manager roles
On Nov. 5, Tom Spoden was hired as the new analytical laboratory supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. (WQA). He will oversee the workflow in the analytical lab. Spoden has worked in labs for four years and is ready to contribute to WQA as it continues to expand by helping the analytical lab increase production and meet the needs of its customers.
In an effort to ensure that America has the cleanest water possible, on Jan. 4, 2014, a new law reducing the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products will go into effect. Williette Nyanue, assistant editor for Water Quality Products, recently spoke to Barbara Higgens, executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), to discuss the implications of the law and how manufacturers are preparing to comply.
Williette Nyanue: What implications does the new lead law have?
The application of activated carbon to drinking water dates all the way back to 450 B.C., when Phoenician trading ships stored drinking water in charred wooden barrels. This practice was widely in use on long sea voyages by the 18th century. Even today, brewers use charred wooden barrels to remove impurities during the aging process.
Assessing activated carbon requires a rigorous review
Fluidics Hawaii’s device meets NSF and California building code standards
NSF Intl. has certified the first flowmeter for pool, spa and water park applications to the American National Standard for recreational water equipment and the new California regulations. Fluidics Hawaii LLC’s FV-C mechanical flowmeter is the first to earn NSF certification to this standard, demonstrating to pool operators and regulators its ability to effectively and accurately measure water flow. This is critical to disinfection, filtration and maintaining safe water circulation rates.
Pleasant Springs to engage in bulk water sales and bottling in both glass & PET containers
Expert Group Inc. dba Pleasant Springs Inc. has received its anticipated letter from National Testing Laboratories Ltd., confirming that the water collected by Pleasant Springs meets the criteria of Blue Ridge Mountain high-altitude alkaline pure mountain premium spring water and can be labeled as such in accordance with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
For many years, I noticed the Energy Star sticker on my salon's water cooler, and I used to wonder what it meant. Who put the sticker there? What makes a water cooler a star?
This was years before I considered purchasing an appliance, let alone making third-party certification my career. Now my view is different, because all I see are labels, symbols and marks, and I have the knowledge and resources to understand the programs.
Energy Star testing and requirements for water coolers