AWWA: SDWA Anniversary Cause to Celebrate, 'Renew Our Commitment' to Safe Water

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking

Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

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December 18, 2014

Twitter Chat to Commemorate Safe Drinking Water Act's 40 Years

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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On Dec. 16, use #safetodrink to chat with EPA's director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

To celebrate 40 years of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water will hold a Twitter chat featuring Peter Grevatt, the office’s director.

The Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. EST.

It will explore the accomplishments of the act’s 40 years, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

Participation is simple: Tweet @EPAwater and use the hashtag #safetodrink. 

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December 10, 2014

The Future of Bottled Water

In today’s on-the-go lifestyle, bottled water is a convenient, healthy hydration choice. The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) works not only to encourage Americans to make healthy choices, but also to advocate for its member companies when it comes to regulations affecting bottled water quality, sales, taxes and more. WQP Managing Editor Kate Cline recently caught up with Christopher Hogan of IBWA to learn more about the association’s current and future efforts.

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Christopher Hogan is vice president of communications for the International Bottled Water Assn. Hogan can be reached at chogan@bottledwater.org or 703.647.4609.
Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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October 29, 2014
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October 29, 2014
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The Effects of Overuse

The water supplies beneath our feet are crucial to many areas across the country, but as water needs increase, cities must take care to ensure their groundwater aquifers last. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hydrologist Steven E. Rice on the dangers of overusing aquifers and USGS’ latest study on New Mexico’s groundwater.

Kate Cline: How have groundwater levels and flow changed in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system?

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Groundwater withdrawals affect New Mexico aquifer

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Steven E. Rice is hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. Rice can be reached at srice@usgs.gov.

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October 9, 2014
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October 9, 2014
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Safe & Sanitary

Clean water is crucial to health, and around the world, thousands of people die each day due to waterborne illnesses. The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is an organization that implements WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs around the world in an effort to reduce death and disease. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Steve Werner of WASRAG to find out more about educating people on safe water and sanitation.

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Reducing waterborne disease around the world

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Steve Werner is a volunteer and WASH consultant for the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group. Werner can be reached at info@wasrag.org.

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August 27, 2014
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August 27, 2014
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Seeking Water Safety

When it comes to drinking water safety, many new innovations are focused on emerging contaminants. One new testing method, however, focuses on something that has plagued drinking water for ages — contamination by fecal matter. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Vladislav V. Yakovlev, developer of the technology, about the new testing method and its potential benefits. 

Kate Cline: Briefly describe the new detection method procedure. 

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A new method for detecting fecal matter in water

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Vladislav V. Yakovlev is professor for the departments of biomedical engineering and physics and astronomy at Texas A&M University. Yakovlev can be reached at yakovlev@bme.tamu.edu or 979.458.2326.

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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July 18, 2014
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July 18, 2014
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Advise & Conquer

One benefit to water treatment dealers who belong to dealer networks is the ability to network with and learn from their peers. 3M recently formed a Dealer Advisory Council (DAC) to maximize these efforts. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Mark Howlett of 3M and Chuck Minott of Chuck the Water Man, both members of the DAC, about the council and how it will help dealers. 

Kate Cline: What is the structure and function of the DAC?

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Insight on 3M’s new Dealer Advisory Council

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Mark Howlett is marketing manager for 3M Purification Inc. Howlett can be reached at mhowlett@mmm.com.

Chuck Minott is owner of Chuck the Water Man and president of the 3M Dealer Advisory Council. Minott can be reached at chuck@chuckthewaterman.com.

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June 17, 2014
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June 17, 2014
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Water Worries

After more than two years of drought, California may finally see relief with El Niño, a weather pattern that brings cooler, wetter winters to the southwestern U.S. Residents in that state are pushing for water security in more ways than natural rainfall dependency, however. Water Quality Products Editorial Assistant Chelsea Corbin recently spoke with Tracy Quinn, policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the drought and a poll that demonstrates voters’ water priorities.

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California residents’ opinions on the drought

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Tracy Quinn is policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Quinn can be reached at tquinn@nrdc.org or 310.434.2300.

Chelsea Corbin is editorial assistant for Water Quality Products. Corbin can be reached at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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May 9, 2014
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May 9, 2014
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Certified Safe

NSF Intl. now offers StaySafer certification, a program that ensures food and water safety, to hospitality centers around the world. Water Quality Products Editorial Assistant Chelsea Corbin recently spoke with NSF’s Sonia Acuña-Rubio and Carolyn Gillilland about the program, designed to build travelers’ confidence in the water safety and quality of their travel destinations. 

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Water and food safety for the hospitality industry

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Sonia Acuña-Rubio is managing director for the NSF Intl. Food Div. in Latin America. Acuña-Rubio can be reached at sacunarubio@nsf.org.

Carolyn Gillilland is senior project manager for the NSF Intl. Global Water Div. Gillilland can be reached at cgillilland@nsf.org.

Chelsea Corbin is editorial assistant for Water Quality Products. Corbin can be reached at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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April 4, 2014
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April 4, 2014
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Certification Revamp

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) recently overhauled its certification and education program to focus on the real-life activities that dealers perform everyday. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Tanya Lubner, WQA’s director of education and certification, about the new program and how it will affect members.

Kate Cline: Describe the new modular education program. What are the benefits of the new structure?

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The latest on the new WQA education scheme

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Tanya Lubner is director of education and certification for the Water Quality Assn. Lubner can be reached at tlubner@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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February 6, 2014
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February 6, 2014
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