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

About The Author: 

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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Publication Date: 
September 9, 2014

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Provides Funding to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

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U.S. EPA
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The nearly $12 million in funding will be made available to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana agencies, as well as some federal organizations

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide almost $12 million to federal and state agencies to protect public health by targeting harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie. The funding builds upon GLRI’s ongoing efforts to reduce algal blooms and will be made available to Ohio, Michigan and Indiana state agencies and to the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Publication Date: 
September 4, 2014

Pelican Water Supports California Water Shortage Efforts

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Pelican Water
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Pelican Water informs consumers of the need to conserve water

Pelican Water supports legislative efforts in California to relieve the state’s chronic drought problem through new water conservation strategies. As part of its mission to create environmentally friendly products, the company is dedicated to curtailing the use of wasteful salt-based water softening systems.

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August 12, 2014

ANSI/NGWA Water Well Construction Standard Available

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National Ground Water Assn.
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The standard can be purchased through the NGWA online bookstore

The ANSI/NGWA-01-14 Water Well Construction Standard is now available through the National Ground Water Assn.'s (NGWA) online bookstore.

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August 4, 2014

WHO Releases Drinking Water Quality Guidelines

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Water Quality Assn.
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Comments on the draft will be accepted through Friday, July 25, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a draft report, for public review, on regulations and standards for drinking water quality. Comments on the draft will be accepted through Friday, July 25, 2014.

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July 17, 2014

Alaska’s Fort Wainwright Reduces Water Contamination Risk

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U.S. EPA
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A new operator will manage compliance with underground storage tank requirements

The U.S. Army is taking steps to improve management of its fuel storage tanks and comply with federal laws designed to protect groundwater at Fort Wainwright Garrison, located near Fairbanks, Alaska, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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July 3, 2014

WaterSense to Develop Irrigation Sprinkler Specification

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U.S. EPA
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The specification will help provide more water-efficient irrigation equipment options

Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for about 30% of average household water use. To help increase outdoor water efficiency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its intent to develop a WaterSense specification for landscape irrigation sprinklers.

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June 12, 2014

ANSI Approves NGWA Water Well Construction Standard

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NGWA
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The standard will provide minimum criteria to properly design and construct well systems

Following its determination that the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) properly met its standard development process, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved, pending a 15-day appeal period, for NGWA to issue ANSI/NGWA-01-14, a water well construction standard. Throughout the standard development process, ANSI-required core principles to be followed were openness, balance, lack of dominance, and consensus.

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Publication Date: 
May 29, 2014