In-house Quality Control Testing for Bottled Water Plants

In-house testing for quality control purposes is a critical part of a bottled water business.

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Areas bottlers need to focus on for quality control purposes

About The Author: 

Barbara Marteney is a beverage accounts manger for National Testing Laboratories, Ltd., Cleveland, Ohio. Marteney is actively involved with NEBWA and is currently a member of IBWA’s Government Relations and Supplier Committees. She can be reached at 800.458.3330, ext. 217, or by e-mail at marteney@ntllabs.com.

Activation Date: 
August 26, 2005
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
16289

Laboratory Testing: Certification and Sampling Protocols

A reputable laboratory should be able to help you determine what type of laboratory certification is required, if any, for the specific sample testing you are looking to have performed. Laboratories will typically provide all the sampling containers and collection instructions to ensure the accuracy of the sampling.

About The Author: 

Robert Ramnarine joined the National Testing Laboratories network in May of 1999 as quality assurance officer at Broward Testing Laboratory facility, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Robert received MS from Florida Atlantic University. Marianne R. Metzger is general products business unit manager of National Testing Laboratories, Ltd., Cleveland, Ohio. Ramnarine can be reached at rramnarine@ ntllabs.com. Metzger can be reached at 800.458.3330, ext. 223, or by e-mail at mmetzger@ntllabs.com.

Activation Date: 
June 2, 2005
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
16111

The Wide, Wide World of Residential Water Treatment Product Testing

Whatever the structure of the testing service provider, the manufacturer must be satisfied that their partner can deliver the project turnaround, quality, scope of services, reliability, and ultimately, the value that they need.

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Technology-specific testing methods in relation to the American National Standards

About The Author: 

Rick Andrew is the technical manager of the Drinking Water Treatment Units Program of NSF for more than three years. He has been with NSF International for more than six years, working with certification of residential drinking water products. His previous experience was in the area of analytical and environmental chemistry consulting. Andrew is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Water Quality Products. He has a BA in chemistry and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He can be reached at 800.NSF.MARK, or by e-mail at andrew@nsf.org.

Activation Date: 
June 2, 2005
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
16108

Testing for Bacteria

Bacteria are the most abundant organisms on the planet. It is estimated that they have been in existence 3.5 billion years. These fascinating little creatures are responsible for many of the functions that allow Earth to sustain other forms of life. The health of our planet ultimately depends on their activities as they dwell everywhere throughout the planet such as in the soil, in food, on plants, in our bodies, in the waters and way deep within the Earth.

About The Author: 

Tami E. D’Amico, technical support and accounts manager with National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. (NTL) since 1997, works with companies such as water treatment equipment manufacturers and dealers, well drillers, contractors, engineers and consultants in the water industry. D’Amico has degrees in biology and general science studies. She serves on various Water Quality Association committees and has authored several articles for industry publications. NTL has served the water industry with quality analysis for informational and compliance testing requirements for more than 18 years. With headquarters in Cleveland, NTL has laboratory facilities in Michigan, Florida and Virginia. D’Amico can be contacted at 800-458-3330, ext. 222; tdamico@ntllabs.com.

Publication Date: 
March 30, 2004
Activation Date: 
March 30, 2004
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
15003

Fighting Water Softener Bans

Dealers are rightfully concerned about the spread of legislation prohibiting water softener discharge into city sewers and septic systems. Although California is the center of industry efforts to protect the market against arbitrary bans, in the last two years several other states have issued rules prohibiting septic tank discharge.

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Nationwide legislation regarding softener discharge impacts dealers

About The Author: 

Carlyn Meyer is the director of public affairs for the Water Quality Association, Lisle, Ill. For additional information, visit www.wqa.org; 630-505-0160.

Publication Date: 
November 26, 2003
Activation Date: 
November 26, 2003
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
14625

Coming Soon: New FDA Requirements

The bottled water industry will be required to comply with new regulations in Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.
Discussion in this article will be limited to the Registration (Section 305) and Records Maintenance (Section 306) proposed rules. This article includes discussion of the broad industry impact of these regulations as a whole, an overview of key aspects from each rule and a timetable of anticipated important dates.

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New FDA Food Facility Registration & Recording Keeping Requirements Will Affect the Bottled Water Industry

About The Author: 

Kristin M. Safran of National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. (NTL) specializes in consulting with bottled water companies regarding testing requirements and bottled water quality. She maintains contact with bottled water regulators, industry associations and the FDA regarding regulatory changes and other issues that impact bottlers. She has authored numerous articles and given various presentations on these topics. Safran can be reached at 800-458-3330 or 440-449-2525 extension 215; food-bev@ntllabs.com

Activation Date: 
September 26, 2003
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
14444

Delivering to a Thirsty Public

Safety and quality are of paramount importance to the bottled water industry and bottlers are not content to simply sit back and rest on their laurels. Producers constantly are embracing new technologies and processes to enhance efficiency and bring safe, high-quality, good-tasting and convenient bottled water products to a thirsty public.

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Protecting consumers and water resources with bottled water legislation

About The Author: 

Joseph K. Doss has served as president and CEO of the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) in Alexandria, Virginia since 1999. Doss has extensive experience in food and drug, government affairs, public relations, legal and association management issues.

Activation Date: 
September 26, 2003
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
14443

Using Test Strips to Make the Sale

Water testing doesn't have to be complicated. Test kits are a quick, easy-to-use solution that even customers can perform themselves.

About The Author: 

John Gary is national sales manager at Industrial Test Systems, Inc., Rock Hill, S.C. He can be reached by phone at (800) 861-9712 ext. 218 or by email at jgary@cetlink.net.

Publication Date: 
May 30, 2003
Activation Date: 
May 30, 2003
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
14122

Bottled Water and the FDA Standards of Quality

Bottled water is classified as a food product and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has regulations that dictate the contaminants for which bottled water must be tested along with the allowable limits for each (Standards of Quality--SOQs). This article will focus on the last item, the SOQs. The true driving force behind the addition of parameters to the FDA SOQs is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

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The true driving force behind the addition of parameters to the FDA SOQs is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act.

Activation Date: 
May 30, 2003
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
14115

George Warren Fuller, Industry Pioneer

The George Warren Fuller Award is presented annually to one member of each section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). It is based on recommendations from the sections for distinguished service in the water supply field and "in commemoration of the sound engineering skill, the brilliant diplomatic talent and constructive leadership talent" that characterized Fuller's life.

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About The Author: 

Bill Swichtenberg is the editorial director of WEM.

Activation Date: 
May 6, 2003
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
14056