Eco-Labeling Program to be Available Later This Year

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The WQA's eco-labeling program is currently being reviewed by outside stakeholders and is still on track to be available later this year

According to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), its eco-labeling program—which will allow companies to show consumers that their products are certified as sustainable—is currently being reviewed by outside stakeholders including retailers, regulatory agencies and academia. The program remains on track to be available later this year.

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July 19, 2012
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California Third-Party Certification Bill Faces Challenge

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Bill caught in political wrangling, but passage is still possible

According to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), the effort to move California from state certification of products to third-party certification has hit some barriers, but it may still pass in the coming weeks.   

In May, the legislative subcommittee responsible for the proposal blocked its passage despite support from the governor and California's Department of Public Health. 

The industry continues to work with legislators and policymakers to help this bill pass and get the state of California out of the product registration business.

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July 13, 2012
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Ninth Global Bottled Water Congress to Take Place in Barcelona

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Attendees at this year’s event will debate key environmental, economic and market developments

This year's Global Bottled Water Congress takes place from Oct. 8 to 10 in Barcelona, Spain, with the industry gathering to debate key environmental, economic and market developments. Under the theme of natural value, senior representatives from companies such as Coca-Cola, Danone, Nestlé, Vichy Catalan and Unicer will be speaking and leading discussions over the three-day summit on innovations in packaging, global market perspectives and growth in emerging markets.

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July 12, 2012

Sorting Out Scale Prevention

Scale not only clogs pipes and destroys valves, it also consumes energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012, more than 10% of the energy consumed in a home goes toward heating water.

Many consumers use energy-efficient products to save money. What many do not know is that energy-saving efforts can be negated if they have hard water and do not address scale.

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Developing a consistent standard for energy-saving anti-scale devices

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Eric Yeggy 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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June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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Assuring Accuracy & Reliability

In April 2012, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) laboratory received third-party accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 from International Accreditation Services. For many years, WQA’s laboratory already has been operating in compliance with this standard.

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Third-party accreditation recognizes laboratory’s technical competence

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Emily Bolda is laboratory manager for the Water Quality Assn. Bolda can be reached at ebolda@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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June 18, 2012
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June 18, 2012
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California Third-Party Certification Bill Rejected

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A legislative sub-committee rejected a bill May 31 that would have switched the state-run certification to a third-party process

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) efforts to stop state certification in California in favor of third-party product certification were confronted with some legislative issues.

In April, WQA earned the support of the California Department of Public Health for a bill to switch from state-run product certification to third-party certification, which would speed up the process, according to WQA.

The legislative sub-committee responsible for the bill rejected it May 31. WQA said it was given no warning, no reasons were given and it did not receive an opportunity to testify.

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June 6, 2012
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IAS Promotes Safe Food, Clean Drinking Water in Celebration of World Accreditation Day

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The International Accreditation Service is recognizing June 9 as World Accreditation Day

The International Code Council’s subsidiary, International Accreditation Service (IAS), is recognizing June 9 as World Accreditation Day and promoting the theme for the day: Accreditation-Supporting Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water.

More than 60 countries are participating in the global initiative established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

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June 4, 2012

Filter Formula

In 2007, the NSF Intl. Drinking Water Treatment Unit Joint Committee revised the NSF/ANSI Standard 53 protocol for pH 8.5 lead reduction based on a substantial amount of research on particulate and colloidal lead. The research conducted by the NSF task group revealed a great deal of inconsistency in the amount of particulate lead formed from batch to batch and from laboratory to laboratory due to the precipitation of this element from the solution.

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Testing and developing a lead-reduction filter for gravity pitchers

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Frank A. Brigano, Ph.D., is vice president technology of KX Technologies LLC. Brigano can be reached at fbrigano@kxtech.com or 203.764.2506.

Andrew Lombardo is senior research engineer for KX Technologies LLC. Lombardo can be reached at alombardo
@kxtech.com or 203.764.2525.

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May 30, 2012
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May 30, 2012
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Transforming Lemons Into Lemonade

Driving home from work you happen to notice a lemonade stand. Reminiscing about your childhood days, you pull over and buy two cups. You take a big gulp, which you spit out immediately, realizing it was grapefruit juice, water and salt. A finished product is only as good as its ingredients. Had these little entrepreneurs put a supplier quality management system in place or followed the written recipe, this mistake could have been prevented.

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Improving your supplier quality management system

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Glen Kosowski is facility assessment manager for the Water Quality Assn. (WQA). Valerie Zaleski is facility assessor for WQA. Kosowski can be reached at gkosowski@wqa.org or 630.505.0160. Zaleski can be reached at vzaleski@wqa.org or 630.929.2531.

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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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A Wider Scope: International Regulations

With the recent BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and the passing of the five-year anniversary for Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded how delicate our ecosystems and water supplies are. But these events occurred in a generalized local area. What about water regulations on an international level?

NSF Intl., as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center, continues to foster the growth and education of the NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment Unit (DWTU) Standards, what they mean and how they may be able to benefit another country.

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Tracking the development of international drinking water regulations

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David L. Bentley is technical manager of the DWTU Program for NSF Intl. Bentley can be reached at bentley@nsf.org or 734.769.8926.

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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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