Fight for Your Right to Water

It’s been well established that drought, water scarcity and sustainability are the most important issues facing the water industry. In the coming decades, these factors will not just shape the way we use and value water, they also will drive technological innovation and the laws and regulations surrounding water.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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AWWA Releases Cost Analysis of Perchlorate Regulation

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American Water Works Assn.
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AWWA’s cost-impact assessment updates a 2009 review of cost

 

 

The American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) released a new cost-impact assessment for an anticipated perchlorate regulation that is currently pending at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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October 29, 2013

California Contractors State License Board Reviews C-55

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PQWA
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CSLB confirms that all water conditioning contractors must be licensed

The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) completed its five-year exam review of the C-55 water conditioning license, and the trade exam has been updated. 

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October 21, 2013

Drinking Water Downpour

When most people think of rainwater harvesting, they picture a 55-gal tank that collects rainwater from the roof to water plants — but this term also extends to natural collection systems like dams. Rainwater harvesting is nothing new; it has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Egyptians who used earthen dams to control runoff. Another example is the rice terraces of the Philippines, which are still in existence today. More sophisticated rainwater systems have been uncovered by archaeologists in Crete, Istanbul and throughout the Mediterranean region.

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Regulation & contamination factors for potable rainwater reuse applications

About The Author: 

Marianne Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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Countdown to Lead-Free

The Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which passed in 2011, will go into full effect on Jan. 4, 2014. It may come as a surprise that the plumbing industry, through Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), was a primary proponent of getting this law passed, in the spirit of harmonizing regulations across the U.S.

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Organizations work together to prepare the industry for the low-lead deadline

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Barbara C. Higgens is executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. Higgens can be reached at bhiggens@pmihome.org or 847.481.5500

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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Inspiration for Innovation

There is a finite amount of available water on our planet, and it is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. As populations increase, significant amounts of water are required to maintain modern life. After the baby boom and massive urbanization of the 20th century, meeting increasing demand while managing water quality expectations became a significant challenge for the water supply industry, which realized that municipal water should be reused more effectively.

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Ion exchange softener bans to stimulate development of new treatment technologies

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Greg Reyneke is managing partner for Red Fox Advisors and an adviser to the ProFlow Dealer Network, a Pentair Platinum Partner. Reyneke can be reached at gregreyneke@redfoxadvisors.com.

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2013
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October 16, 2013
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EPA Fines BIA for Keams Canyon Drinking Water Violations

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EPA
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Settlement includes civil penalties of $136,000 for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) including civil penalties of $136,000 for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act at the Keams Canyon Public Water Supply system.

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September 30, 2013
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EPA Fines BIA for Keams Canyon Drinking Water Violations

Progress Toward a National Water Census

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USGS congressional briefing addresses vital uses of comprehensive water information

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) led a congressional briefing featuring state and regional water stakeholders who spoke about vital uses of comprehensive water information that would be met by the National Water Census called for by the SECURE Water Act of 2009.

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September 20, 2013
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Progress Toward a National Water Census

Certification Standards for All

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of the globe ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of availability of renewable freshwater resources per capita. Protecting the limited supply of this vital resource is critical to public health, the environment and the economies of countries in this region. This article will explore the regulatory requirements for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the adoption and recognition of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 in other markets.

Leading the Way

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Adoption of standards in Abu Dhabi & around the world

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Laura Moorman is business unit manager for the NSF Passport Program. Moorman can be reached at moorman@nsf.org.

Publication Date: 
September 16, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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WQA Opposes Proposed NYC Refrigerant Plan

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Water Quality Assn.
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New code passed the city assembly in July 2013

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) has joined with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to encourage Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York to veto changes in city code related to the recovery of refrigerant from discarded appliances. Under the new code, which passed the city assembly in July 2013, original equipment manufacturers would be responsible for the recovery of refrigerants from the appliances that were manufactured by them and that are disposed of by residential generators.

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August 19, 2013