WaterSense Releases Draft Specification for Flushometer Valve Toilets

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA estimates about 28%, or 7.6 million, of flushometer valve toilets installed across the country flush at volumes higher than the federal standard

To help commercial, institutional and industrial facilities save water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense program released a draft specification for water-efficient flushometer valve toilets.

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December 19, 2014

Federal Budget Includes $2.6 Million for National Ground-Water Monitoring Network

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The funding will support additional work by USGS to manage the groundwater network

Congress last week passed $1.1 trillion in spending that contains $2.6 million for the implementation of the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN).

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed the bill funding the federal government through fiscal year 2015.

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December 19, 2014

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

Water for the World Act Goes to the President’s Desk

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Office of Congressman Blumenauer
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After passing Congress, the bill is only one step away from becoming legislation

The HR 2901 bill, also known as the Paul Simon Water for the World Act, passed Congress unanimously, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) announced.

“Last night, despite the odds, we saw such an achievement as the Senate passed the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act, my bipartisan legislation to improve global water, health and sanitation and improve the lives of millions across the world,” Blumenauer said in a statement.

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December 16, 2014

Safe Drinking Water Bill Passes Senate

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U.S. Senate
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The bill ensures Ohioans can be confident in the safety of their drinking water

Legislation authored by U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to promote the safety of drinking water unanimously passed the Senate today. The bill – in response to a high level of microcystin in the western Lake Erie basin, which disrupted the water supply of approximately 500,000 people in northwest Ohio in early August – also must pass the U.S. House of Representatives before being sent to the president.

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December 15, 2014
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Safe Drinking Water Bill Passes Senate

Water for the World Act Passes House of Representatives

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U.S. House of Representatives
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The act targets the world's poorest to ensure they have elevated WASH programming

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 2901, the Sen. Paul Simon Water for the World Act authored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX). The Senate is expected to take action quickly on the bill, sending it to the president’s desk.

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December 9, 2014
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Water for the World Act Passes House of Representatives

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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Regulatory Update

The water quality improvement industry has faced both challenges and opportunities in the governmental arena in 2014. Through tireless government relation efforts, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has worked to protect the interests of its member companies by identifying key policymakers across the country and educating them on critical issues facing the industry. 

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The latest on WQA’s efforts at the state & federal levels

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Richard Mest is president of Master Water Conditioning Corp. and immediate past president of the Water Quality Assn. Mest can be reached at richard@masterwater.com or 610.323.8358.

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October 9, 2014
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October 9, 2014
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Whitepaper Helps With Safe Water Drinking Act Compliance

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Flows.com
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The Flows.com whitepaper is available as an eBook

Water systems, utilities, facility managers and plumbers now have a guide to help in transitioning to new regulations enacted through the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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September 18, 2014

Drinking Water Products Sustainability Standard Achieves ANSI Accreditation

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Water Quality Assn.
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S-803 is the first drinking water treatment products sustainability standard to receive the accreditation

In order to help consumers identify environmentally friendly drinking water filters, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems has been officially accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.

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September 9, 2014