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 ID: 
14056

Landmark Legislation

With a mandate for a more effective way to protect and clean the nations water resources, the federal government responded with the 1972 passage of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments, better known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). In 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) created the first mandatory national program to protect public health through drinking water safety. Despite litigation and controversy throughout their existence, the CWA and SDWA were groundbreaking and remain a centerpiece for U.S. environmental policy.

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The Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts

About The Author: 

Bill Swichtenberg is the editorial director of WEM.

Activation Date: 
February 4, 2003
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
13690

ETV Testing Verifies Membrane Filtration Plant Treats Surface Water, Meets D/DBP Rule

A study published as part of the EPA's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program verifies the performance of a Fyne Process membrane filtration plant tested on high organic-laden surface water in Barrow, Ark. The plant was able to remove significant levels of organics--precursors to disinfection byproducts such as trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids (HAA)--producing water that easily met the disinfection byproduct standards set by the EPA's stringent Stage 1 D/DBP Rule.

About The Author: 

PCI Membrane Systems offers complete water treatment packages including containerized plants, and also can provide remote monitoring of system performance. In addition to tubular membranes for liquids containing suspended or colloidal materials, PCI also supplies spiral-wound or hollow fiber membranes for clean solutions and ceramic membranes for high chemical compatibility and thermal resistance.

Activation Date: 
November 27, 2002
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
13439

Bottled Water Testing

Consumers want to know if the bottled water they buy is safe. How and why bottled water is regulated is not common knowledge and can be confusing to customers. Bottlers who understand and can explain aspects of water quality, regulations and test results to their customers have a useful sales tool to promote their product.

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What lab results mean and how to explain them to customers

About The Author: 

Barbara L. Marteney and Kristin M. Safran of National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. (NTL), specialize in consulting with bottled water companies regarding testing requirements and bottled water quality. They maintain contacts with bottled water regulators, industry associations and the FDA regarding regulatory changes and other issues that impact bottlers. They have authored numerous articles and given various presentations on these topics. Marteney and Safran can be reached at 800-458-3330 or 440-449-2525, Marteney at extension 217.

Publication Date: 
September 26, 2002
Activation Date: 
September 26, 2002
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
13355