The State of Regulations

As the POU/POE water treatment industry progresses to new levels and meets new challenges, issues regarding regulations and standards continually arise. As the industry waits for the EPA and U.S. government to finalize regulations, the industry is forced to ride out the MCL changes, rule withdrawals and estimated costs that each proposal brings. Listed here is a review of regulation changes the industry has seen in the last year and a brief look at which ones to watch for in the future.

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Government Regulations and Safe Drinking Water Act Updates

Activation Date: 
August 10, 2001
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12531

Flexible Monitoring System Helps Ohio Company Meet Daily EPA Measurement Requirements

An Ohio utility company provides water plant operator services to facilities throughout the state, including several very large travel center operations. Daily monitoring became time consuming and costly, so they sought a more efficient solution by investigating plant monitoring systems.

Activation Date: 
May 21, 2001
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12348

Volatile Organic Chemicals in Drinking Water

When addressing water treatment needs, the average person usually wants to remedy his water of items that cause laundry stains, unpleasant "egg-like" or musty odors and buildup on pipes and fixtures. While the contaminants that cause these problems certainly present legitimate reasons for treatment, it is the "silent" contaminants in our drinking water that cause the most problems with everyday health.

About The Author: 

Marianne R. Metzger and Tami E. Castelli, technical support and account managers with National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. since 1997, service companies such as water treatment equipment manufacturers and dealers, well drillers, contractors, engineers and consultants in the water industry. Metzger has degrees in both environmental geology and political science and Castelli has degrees in both biology and general science studies.
Both serve on Water Quality Association committees and have authored numerous articles for industry publications.

Publication Date: 
March 14, 2001
Activation Date: 
March 14, 2001
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12209

Oxidizing Arsenic III to Arsenic V for Better Removal

On June 22, 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed lowering the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for arsenic from 50 down to 5 micrograms/L (Federal Register, 2000).

About The Author: 

Dr. Dennis Clifford, P.E., is a professor of environmental engineering and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston. He has more than 30 years experience in teaching, research and consulting related to water and soil treatment. During the last 20 years, he and his students have extensively researched the subject of arsenic speciation, oxidation and treatment.

Ganesh Ghurye received his master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Houston, where he currently is a researcher in the area of water treatment. He has five years experience in developing arsenic treatment methods.

Activation Date: 
March 14, 2001
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12210

Arsenic

On June 22, 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule that would lower the current national primary drinking water standard for arsenic.

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Addressing Arsenic Contamination Through Residential Drinking Water Treatment

About The Author: 

Jane Wilson, M.P.H., is senior project manager of standards at NSF International.

Activation Date: 
February 14, 2001
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12016

Roundtable Discussion: E. coli (Escherichia coli)

Escherichia coli, a.k.a. E. coli. A terrible, but familiar word to the public suggests sewage or animal waste contamination. E.

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Recent outbreaks of E. coli have brought consumer’s attention to their drinking water. Understanding its source, regulations and prevention will be key to combating this waterborne illness

About The Author: 

Wendi Hope King is the editor of Water Quality Products magazine.

Publication Date: 
December 28, 2000
Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
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11900

Getting Started in the Bottled Water Business: Water Testing Requirements

This is the first in a series of three articles covering bottled water testing, source development and licensing and labeling.

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
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11753

Court Overrules U.S. EPA's Standard Setting Procedure

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, there are Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG) and Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL). An MCLG for a particular contaminant is a non-enforceable, health-based goal.

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
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11732

EPA Finalizes Storm Water Rule

EPA Finalizes Storm Water Rule
the Storm Water Phase II Rule has been finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency. When fully effective in early 2003, it will extend permitting requirements on stormwater discharges to smaller municipalities and construction sites not covered by the Phase I rules now in place.

The new rules apply to municipalities that have less than 100,000 population and are in urbanized areas and to construction sites of one to five acres.

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Washington News

About The Author: 

Robert Gray works out of Locust Grove, Virginia; (540) 972-3161.

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
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11545

FDA Bottled Water Regulations UpdateNine Stayed Parameters and Quarterly Testing Requirements

On August 6, 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that effective February 2, 1999, bottled water must meet the requirements of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for the nine stayed parameters, which include: antimony, beryllium, cyanide, nickel, thallium, diquat, endothall, glyphosate, and 2,3,7,8-tcdd (dioxin). This announcement requires bottlers to monitor for these nine parameters and comply with the same maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
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11479