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

States Develop Strategies to Reduce Nutrient Levels in Mississippi River & Gulf of Mexico

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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States that make up the Hypoxia Task Force are working together to reduce nutrient levels nearby waterways

The 12 U.S. states of the Hypoxia Task Force have devised new strategies to speed up reduction of nutrient levels in waterways in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin. High nutrient levels are a key contributor each summer to the large area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico known as a dead zone. Each state has outlined specific actions it will take to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin from wastewater plants, industries, agriculture and storm water runoff. 

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February 13, 2015
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States Develop Strategies to Reduce Nutrient Levels in Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico

Draft Contaminant Candidate List Published

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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EPA publishes its fourth Draft Contaminant Candidate List

To ensure continued protection of public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published for public review and comment a draft list of contaminants that are not currently regulated in drinking water, but may require regulations in the future under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The agency will evaluate and consider the public comments on developing the final Draft Contaminant Candidate List (CCL 4) and suggestions for improvements to the process for future CCLs.

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February 12, 2015

EPA to Launch Water Finance Center

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The White House Office of the Press Secretary
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The Water Finance Center is part of the Obama administration's Build America Investment Initiative

The Obama administration announced on Jan. 16, 2015, new steps federal agencies are taking to bring private sector capital and expertise to bear on improving U.S. roads, bridges and broadband networks.

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January 16, 2015
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EPA to Launch Water Finance Center

EPA Publishes Microbial Risk Assessment Framework for Waterborne Pathogens

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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A variety of scientifically defensible documents can be downloaded from EPA’s website

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing information to assist risk assessors and scientists in the development of rigorous and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens.

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January 8, 2015