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
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.
Eco-labeling initiative provides standards for green products
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.
The planning stage is key to a successful product launch
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.
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.
Maine dealers push for water treatment equipment installation licensing laws
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.
Safe and effective treatment for the ‘troublesome trio’
Competitive price point? Check. Product quality supersedes others? Check. Performance specifications in line with the customer’s request? Check. Unique features? Check. Availability and reasonable lead time? Check. Product meets regulatory standards and certification requirements? Check, check, check.
Regulatory impact on drinking water products in a global sales environment
These days, everywhere you look there is another person carrying a water bottle. It would seem that Americans are crazy for bottled water — according to the latest data from the International Bottled Water Assn., U.S. bottled water consumption increased in 2011, with each American drinking approximately 29.2 gal per year.
NSF has certified that more Hernon products conform to the requirements of NSF/ANSI Standard 61
Hernon Mfg. recently received notification that six more products have received NSF Intl. approval for drinking water. These products were certified in addition to the five Cylinlock formulations Hernon also announced recently.
NSF certified that the following products conform to the requirements of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 — Drinking Water System Components — Health Effects:
BrassCraft Mfg. added equipment and improved the layout of its wet lab to perform tests required by industry certifiers, including ASME, CSA, ASSE, ASTM and ANSI
BrassCraft Mfg. has improved its capability by adding additional equipment and improving the layout of its wet lab to perform tests required by the majority of the industry's certifiers, including ASME, CSA, ASSE, ASTM and ANSI.
"The test lab allows us to maintain our high level of quality while continuing to meet the compliance requirements of the latest product standards," said Bill Turnau, test lab manager. "The additional capacity also drives competitive testing to better understand changing designs and technologies in the marketplace."