Get the Lead Out!

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?

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Barbara Higgens is executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Higgens can be reached at bhiggens@pmihome.org.

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

Publication Date: 
November 29, 2012
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November 29, 2012
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A Guide to Carbon Certification

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.

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Assessing activated carbon requires a rigorous review

About The Author: 

Eric Yeggy, CWS-VI, is business development manager for the Water Quality Assn. Yeggy can be reached at eyeggy@wqa.org or 630.929.2539.

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November 29, 2012
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November 29, 2012
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First Flowmeter Certified for Recreational Water Applications

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NSF Intl.
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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.

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November 28, 2012
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First Flowmeter Certified for Recreational Water Applications

Pleasant Springs Commences Bulk Water Sales

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Expert Group Inc.
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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.

Publication Date: 
November 23, 2012

Becoming a Star

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.

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Energy Star testing and requirements for water coolers

About The Author: 

Sarah Zrout, CWS-VI, is quality manager for the Water Quality Assn. Zrout can be reached at szrout@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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Greening Water Quality

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) new eco-labeling initiative seeks to cut through the clutter of environmental product claims to prevent consumer confusion and promote sustainability. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Kristin Muckerheide recently spoke with WQA’s Tom Palkon to get the scoop.

Kristin Muckerheide: Tell us about the new eco-labeling initiative.

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Eco-labeling initiative provides standards for green products

About The Author: 

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

Kristin Muckerheide is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. For more information, contact
WQP at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com.

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October 30, 2012
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October 30, 2012
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Planning for Product Design & Development

Product development is a set of actions needed to create a new product for entry into the marketplace. In the design and development process, it is vital to think through the process and outline it in an organized fashion.

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The planning stage is key to a successful product launch

About The Author: 

Glen Kosowski, CWS-VI, is facility assessment manager for the Water Quality Assn. Kosowski can be reached at gkosowski@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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October 30, 2012
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October 30, 2012
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WQA to Evaluate Portable Exchange Tank Processes

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Water Quality Assn.
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WQA invites industry members involved in portable exchange tank processes to a collaborative task force for the development of a protocol

Typical cation exchange water softeners have been under regulatory scrutiny for many years because of their need for salt to regenerate the ion exchange bed and the amount of water they use for regeneration. Water Quality Assn. (WQA) members have devised a way to address these concerns by offering portable exchange tank services for water softening.

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October 12, 2012

Safeguards Wanted

Go to your local barbershop or salon, and the person cutting your hair is required to have a license, pointed out Dan Cote, co-owner and vice president of Aqua-Max of Maine, located in Lewiston, Maine. "But [in] water treatment, we deal with chemicals all the time. Can you imagine what effects we can have on people's lives?" he asked.

Cote said he does not understand why those working in the water industry are not required to have a license in order to install treatment equipment that impacts the health of their customers.

Ethics Concerns

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Maine dealers push for water treatment equipment installation licensing laws

About The Author: 

Kristin Muckerheide is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. For more information, contact WQP at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com.

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October 9, 2012
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October 9, 2012
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I Am Iron, Man

I have four children under 10 years old, so as you can imagine, my house is filled with excitement—wrestling, roughhousing and playing sports. One of my favorite activities is to play superheroes with the boys. It has been a blast to see my sons enjoy many of the same superheroes I loved as a boy: Superman, Spiderman, Batman, the Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and many more. Ultimately, the boys like every hero and the special powers or cool gadgets they use to defeat bad guys, but our household favorite has to be Iron Man.  

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Safe and effective treatment for the ‘troublesome trio’

About The Author: 

Mark Unger is technical manager for the Water Quality Assn. Unger can be reached at munger@wqa.org or 630.929.2524.

Publication Date: 
September 11, 2012
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September 11, 2012
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