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."
Arabian Beverage Co.’s entire product line is now NSF certified
Arabian Beverage Co. Ltd.’s entire product line has been tested and certified to NSF Intl.’s Bottled Water Certification Program.
WQA's newest webinars are geared toward elevating service personnel for industrial treatment
The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) new Web-based industrial water treatment education program launched earlier in July and is designed to help companies raise their service personnel from doing only mechanical repair to understanding the interdependency of complex multi-stage treatment components and determining and meeting customer goals in the field.
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.
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.