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.
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.
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