NSF Intl., AWWA Launch Sustainability Standard for Water Treatment Chemicals

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NSF Intl.
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NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416 gives manufacturers and distributors of water treatment chemicals a framework for measuring and reducing the environmental impacts of their products

Global public health organization NSF Intl. and the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) have published the first American National Standard for assessing the sustainability of water treatment chemical products—NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Water Treatment Chemical Products.

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April 16, 2015
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NSF Intl., AWWA Launch Sustainability Standard for Water Treatment Chemicals

Abt Associates to Help EPA Determine Drinking Water Quality Standards

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Abt Associates
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The company will provide water treatment cost models and regulatory analysis tools under a new blanket purchase agreement

To help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulate contaminants in drinking water, Abt Associates will provide water treatment cost models and regulatory analysis tools under a new blanket purchase agreement with the EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, which develops national drinking water regulations.

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April 7, 2015

California Governor Issues Mandatory Water Reductions

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Office of Gov. Edmund Brown Jr.
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The goal of the executive order is to reduce the state's water usage by 25%

Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced actions that will save water, increase enforcement to prevent wasteful water use, streamline the state's drought response and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.

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April 2, 2015
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California Governor Issues Mandatory Water Reductions

Following the Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2 Rule) sets requirements for public water supplies, and vendors are developing and providing equipment to help them conform to these requirements. Demonstrating the performance capabilities of this equipment, however, has been a challenge for all stakeholders—public water supplies, state or other regulatory bodies, and equipment vendors.

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Certification standards help public water systems meet EPA requirements

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Rick Andrew is director of global business development – water systems for NSF Intl. Andrew can be reached at andrew@nsf.org or 800.673.6275.

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April 1, 2015
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WQA Becomes First ANSI-Accredited Certification Body for Type-I Environmental Labeling

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Water Quality Assn.
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The labeling programs provide independent, third-party certification of products as being environmentally responsible

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) became the first and only certification body in the world to receive American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation to certify products for environmental conscientiousness.

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March 25, 2015

Associations Collaborate to Launch Improved Guidelines for Wipes Disposal

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American Public Works Assn.
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The group also will meet to discuss the establishment of a new product stewardship initiative

A group of five associations, representing the water sector and the nonwoven fabrics industry, announced that they are working collaboratively on the joint development of a new edition of guidelines that will influence product design and support the marketing of nonwoven products as “flushable,” with no adverse effects on wastewater systems.

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March 20, 2015

WateReuse Merges Leadership

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WateReuse
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The new brand reflects the organizations' unified effort to support water reuse

The WateReuse Assn. and Research Foundation announced a plan to merge the leadership of their organizations to more aggressively address the challenges that local communities face in meeting growing demands for water supplies in the context of drought, climate change, aging infrastructure, environmental degradation and federal, state and local regulations.

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March 10, 2015

A New Era for Financing

Access to consumer financing is critical to many water treatment dealers’ success. The ability to use promotional offers and sell on monthly payments helps close sales and makes purchases affordable for customers. If access to consumer financing options is limited—as it was in 2008 and 2009 during the financial downturn, when many consumer finance companies limited or eliminated programs—the industry suffers. 

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Potential new regulations & their impact on dealer sales

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Andrea McCullion is senior vice president, sales and marketing for Foundation Finance Co. McCullion can be reached at amccullion@foundationfinance.com or 855.241.0243.

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March 5, 2015
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Regulations Coast to Coast

Regulations—at federal, state and local levels—have the potential to deeply affect the water quality industry. In addition to the national Water Quality Assn., regional and state associations work to stay ahead of changes and coordinate with legislators to advocate for the industry. WQP asked three of these organizations—the Eastern, Minnesota and Pacific Water Quality Assns.—to provide their latest updates on the regulatory and legislative fronts.

Facts Over Emotions

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Regulatory & legislative updates from across the U.S.

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Dean Srygley is executive director of the Eastern Water Quality Assn. Srygley can be reached at ewqa12@verizon.net or 302.730.3019.

Mike Herman, CWS-I, is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Driessen Water Inc. and president of the Minnesota Water Quality Assn. Herman can be reached at mikeh@ultrapure.com or 507.581.5825.

Clifford L. Fasnacht, CWS-VI, is president of Pacific Purification Inc. and president of the Pacific Water Quality Assn. Fasnacht can be reached at sales@pacificpurification.com or 800.950.5432.

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March 5, 2015
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Sustainable Management Standard Receives ANSI Approval

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Water Quality Assn.
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WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a prerequisite for certification to two WQA sustainability-related product standards

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that the standard now known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801: Sustainable Management has been officially accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801 is a standard that evaluates a company’s governance and management practices, relative to sustainability, at the corporate and production facility levels. It focuses on the following core attributes:

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February 26, 2015
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