Certification as a Sales Tool

I recently joined the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and am busy learning about the product certification process. I have applied for product certifications in the past, and now I am getting to view the process from the other side.

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Using certifications to help market products

About The Author: 

Stephen Bachleda, CWS-VI, is operations manager for the Water Quality Assn. Bachleda can be reached at sbachleda@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

Publication Date: 
October 26, 2011
Activation Date: 
October 26, 2011
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23093

Sensible Savings

Five years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched WaterSense, a volunteer partnership program that promotes water efficiency to protect the nation’s water supply. Targeting manufacturers and consumers alike, the program has had an impact on the way Americans view water use. Leslie Streicher, associate editor of Water Quality Products, checked in with program leader Veronica Blette to learn about the motivation behind our changing water culture and what water efficiency means today.

About The Author: 

Veronica Blette is chief of the WaterSense Branch of EPA's Office of Wastewater Management. Blette can be reached at blette.veronica@epamail.epa.gov or 202.564.4094. Leslie Streicher is associate editor of Water Quality Products. Streicher can be reached at lstreicher@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

Publication Date: 
July 15, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 15, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22903

Beat the Competition With Certification

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, we live in a competitive society. To make matters worse, I live in a competitive home. My children are motivated by the thrill of a contest. It is not just playing games either—the competition has moved to simple, everyday tasks.

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Gain an advantage in the marketplace with third-party certification

About The Author: 

Mark T. Unger, CWS-VI, is technical manager at the Water Quality Assn. Unger can be reached at munger@wqa.org or 630.929.2524.

Publication Date: 
July 14, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 14, 2011
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22901

Comparing RO Filter Quality and Performance

Consumers who choose to use a residential point-of-use (POU) reverse osmosis (RO) system in their home need to feel secure that their system is producing high quality, reliable water for their family. Because most of us lack sophisticated equipment at home to make this determination, many homeowners rely on trusted brands to deliver the water quality they expect.

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Quality tests and certifications ensure reliable filter performance

About The Author: 

Diego Bonta is an applications development specialist for Dow Water & Process Solutions and a member of the WQP Editorial Advisory Board. Bonta can be reached at dbonta@dow.com.

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 13, 2011
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22899

The Importance of Fine Print

Recently I purchased a food processor. Before using it for the first time, I read the 18-page instruction booklet and watched a 45-minute DVD. I asked myself, “Why do I put so much time and effort into researching how to use a relatively simple device?” The answer came to me immediately: I have been in the product certification business for almost eight years, primarily dealing with NSF/ANSI 61 certifications.

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Checking connector certifications to ensure proper end use

About The Author: 

Amanda Thomas is certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Thomas can be reached at athomas@wqa.org.

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 13, 2011
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22897

Lead-Free Goes National

Worldwide, engineered plastic connectors and tubing are used in the water quality industry for a host of residential, commercial and industrial applications. From water treatment and filtration to beverage dispensing and ice making, there are several sound reasons for their widespread use.

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Low-lead plastic products are ready for federal lead legislation

About The Author: 

Maribel Pagan is marketing communications manager for John Guest USA Inc. Pagan can be reached at maribel.pagan@johnguest.com.

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 13, 2011
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22896

Improvements Underway

The Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) international headquarters, located in Lisle, Ill., has recently been undergoing some improvements. WQA has been operating in its Lisle building since 1982. Until recently, a large portion of the building was leased out to tenants as the space was not needed.

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WQA continues to expand and improve facilities

About The Author: 

Emily Bolda, CWS-VI, is laboratory supervisor for WQA. Bolda can be reached at ebolda@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

Publication Date: 
April 29, 2011
Activation Date: 
April 29, 2011
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22719

Achieving Quality: The Final Piece of the Puzzle

In order for a business to generate a high-quality product or service, it is essential to obtain a quality measurement system that will be used to study the integrity of its finished product. In the certification industry, testing equipment is essential to measure the different variables that could potentially alter the quality of a raw material, finished product or final status on a certification report.

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Properly calibrated testing equipment ensures quality

About The Author: 

Valerie Zaleski is facility assessor for the Water Quality Assn. Zaleski can be reached at vzaleski@wqa.org or 630.929.2531.

Publication Date: 
February 5, 2011
Activation Date: 
February 5, 2011
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Energy Star Opportunities

Have you taken advantage of energy efficiency-related discounts and rebates on appliances? You can find incentives in your region by visiting www.energysavers.gov/financial/.

The state of Illinois recently offered a one-day program offering a 15% point-of-sale rebate to consumers replacing old appliances with Energy Star-qualified models. The rebate program generated more than $25 million in sales and resulted in the sale of more than 27,000 energy-efficient appliances in the state.

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Energy Star program offers tools and incentives to save energy and money

About The Author: 

Tania Shammo is Gold Seal Program training manager for the Water Quality Assn. Shammo can be reached at tshammo@wqa.org or at 630.929.2542.

Publication Date: 
January 24, 2011
Activation Date: 
January 24, 2011
Company Reference: 
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22469

Certifying for Contaminant Reduction

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.

Activation Date: 
May 28, 2010
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
21839