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

About The Author: 

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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WQA
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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.

Publication Date: 
June 6, 2012
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California Third-Party Certification Bill Rejected

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

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International Code Council
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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).

Publication Date: 
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

About The Author: 

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.

Publication Date: 
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

About The Author: 

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.

Publication Date: 
October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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Certifying for Contaminant Reduction

Heptachlor epoxide, trichloroethane, aesthetic chlorine, acrylonitrile, TDS, xylenes, lead, arsenic, hexachlorocyclopentadiene … Certainly, some of the chemicals listed above are recognizable not only to you but also to the average consumer. Some of them are recognizable to you, but the average consumer would stumble through their pronunciation. Should you consider certifying the contaminants listed above?

Contaminant Reduction

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Deciding which contaminant reduction claims to certify

About The Author: 

Tina Fischer is product certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Fischer can be reached at 630.505.0160 or by e-mail at tfischer@wqa.org.

Publication Date: 
June 1, 2010
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June 1, 2010
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Cooler Certification

As water coolers evolve to include more complex point-of-use filtration systems, certification becomes increasingly important. Dave Bentley, technical manager for NSF Intl., recently discussed the ins and outs of cooler certification with Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline.

Kate Cline: Which NSF standards apply to water coolers?

About The Author: 

Dave Bentley is technical manager of the drinking water treatment units program for NSF Intl. Bentley can be reached at bentley@nsf.org or 734.769.8926.

Publication Date: 
April 25, 2012
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April 25, 2012
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Reducing Costs for Reducing Arsenic

“Arsenic Found in Groundwater.” How many times have you seen that headline? There is no doubt that arsenic has become a common household term, used not only by teenagers studying the periodic table but also by adults who have long forgotten their high school chemistry classes.

In the last 10 years, arsenic has made headlines for various reasons. Most deal with human exposure and its associated risks.  

Arsenic is present in natural deposits in the earth. It can enter drinking water supplies from these deposits or from agricultural and industrial activities.

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Developing less expensive POE systems for arsenic treatment

About The Author: 

Brian Donda is Gold Seal and exhibit sales manager for the Water Quality Assn. Donda can be reached at bdonda@wqa.org or 630.929.2527.

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April 25, 2012
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April 25, 2012
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New Managing Director of NSF Intl. Passport Global Market Approvals Program Named

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NSF
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NSF Passport Program helps manufacturers gain global market access for water treatment, distribution and plumbing products

NSF Intl. has named Dr. Guy Franklin as the new managing director of the recently launched NSF Passport Program, which helps companies gain global market access for water treatment, distribution and plumbing products.

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April 20, 2012