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.

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May 30, 2003
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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.

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May 6, 2003
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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.

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February 4, 2003
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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.

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November 27, 2002
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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

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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.

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September 26, 2002
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September 26, 2002
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Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems

The following is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Special Issues Fact Sheet on Water Softeners. This document supports the WQA's position on softener wastes and the fact that they are not harmful to septic systems.

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August 27, 2002
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Shifts in Analytical Requirements

To remain successful, the water treatment professional should take advantage of advances in in-field testing as well as advances in laboratory analyses. This article describes the shifts in analytical requirements recommended to satisfy consumer desires and promote expansion of the POU/POE water treatment industry.

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In-field testing and analysis become responsibility of dealers

About The Author: 

Troy Ethan is the president of Spectrum Laboratories in Minneapolis.

Publication Date: 
August 27, 2002
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August 27, 2002
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Approaching Storm: NPDES Phase II Stormwater Rule Deadline Nears

In December of 1999, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Stormwater rule in the Federal Register. The issuance of the rule started a clock that has had municipalities, and stormwater professionals working to understand and evaluate its implications.

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About The Author: 

David Woelkers is the president of Hydro Compliance Management, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan. He specializes in watershed and stormwater management issues and has been published numerous times regarding Phase II, stormwater BMPs and other related issues.

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September 4, 2002
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Ohio Abolishes Fish-Consumption Advisory Program

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Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ohio has cut its program that warns the public about how much and how often pollution-contaminated fish should be eaten.

The Ohio Department of Health abolished its fish-consumption advisory program earlier this month to save $100,000. It's the first Great Lakes state to eliminate the alert, environmentalists said.

Advisories have been based on fish samples collected annually by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Fish are tested for pesticides, mercury and other toxic chemicals.

Publication Date: 
August 1, 2002
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Monitoring Drinking Water Regulation Updates

The Water Quality Association (WQA) and the point-of-use/point-of-entry (POU/POE) industry as a whole face the usual list of federal and state regulatory challenges in 2002-2003.

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The point-of-use and point-of-entry water treatment industry experienced several changes in standards and regulations.

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.

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July 30, 2002
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