First Flowmeter Certified for Recreational Water Applications

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NSF Intl.
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Fluidics Hawaii’s device meets NSF and California building code standards

NSF Intl. has certified the first flowmeter for pool, spa and water park applications to the American National Standard for recreational water equipment and the new California regulations. Fluidics Hawaii LLC’s FV-C mechanical flowmeter is the first to earn NSF certification to this standard, demonstrating to pool operators and regulators its ability to effectively and accurately measure water flow. This is critical to disinfection, filtration and maintaining safe water circulation rates.

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November 28, 2012
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Pleasant Springs Commences Bulk Water Sales

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Expert Group Inc.
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Pleasant Springs to engage in bulk water sales and bottling in both glass & PET containers

Expert Group Inc. dba Pleasant Springs Inc. has received its anticipated letter from National Testing Laboratories Ltd., confirming that the water collected by Pleasant Springs meets the criteria of Blue Ridge Mountain high-altitude alkaline pure mountain premium spring water and can be labeled as such in accordance with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

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November 23, 2012

EPA Puts Water Utility on Notice for Drinking Water System Deficiencies

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U.S. EPA
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Inspection reveals excessive level of chemicals in utility’s drinking water supply systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a letter and inspection report to the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) identifying numerous deficiencies in the utility’s drinking water supply systems uncovered in a May 2012 inspection and sanitary survey.

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November 8, 2012

Water Conservation Standard Opens for Public Comment

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ASHRAE
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Standard to provide baseline requirements for the design of buildings, site and mechanical systems

With HVACR systems accounting for approximately a third of water consumption in a typical office building, the need to minimize water usage is a major consideration in the built environment industry.

A standard to provide baseline requirements for the design of buildings, site and mechanical systems is being developed by ASHRAE, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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October 30, 2012

Expanded Partnership to Help Spanish Manufacturers Access Global Export Markets

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NSF Intl.
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Center for Water Analysis signs agreement with NSF to facilitate export of water distribution and treatment products

NSF Intl. has expanded its collaboration with Laboratorio Dr. Oliver Rodés (LDOR), which has been Spain’s premier water testing laboratory for more than 110 years. Through this collaboration, LDOR will work with NSF to test and certify Spanish water treatment, distribution and plumbing products to facilitate their export to North America and other key markets.

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October 24, 2012

Major Groups and Companies Oppose New California Regulations

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Water Quality Assn.
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Companies cite vague and broad language in new chemical regulations proposed in California

Major groups and companies are opposing new chemical regulations being proposed in California citing their vague and broad language. Nearly every industry doing business in the state is expressing concern, according to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA). As part of this effort, WQA has joined the Green Chemistry Alliance, a group dedicated to ensuring the regulations are effective and sensible.

Under the rules, green alternatives would replace hazardous chemicals in nearly every walk of life, from product packaging, to furniture, to household cleaners, to clothes.

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October 10, 2012

Safeguards Wanted

Go to your local barbershop or salon, and the person cutting your hair is required to have a license, pointed out Dan Cote, co-owner and vice president of Aqua-Max of Maine, located in Lewiston, Maine. "But [in] water treatment, we deal with chemicals all the time. Can you imagine what effects we can have on people's lives?" he asked.

Cote said he does not understand why those working in the water industry are not required to have a license in order to install treatment equipment that impacts the health of their customers.

Ethics Concerns

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Maine dealers push for water treatment equipment installation licensing laws

About The Author: 

Kristin Muckerheide is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. For more information, contact WQP at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com.

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October 9, 2012
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October 9, 2012
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Pennsylvania DEP, EPA Crack Down on Water and Wastewater Violations

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Department of Environmental Protection
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Mobile home park owner fined more than $1.3 million for violations in 17 counties

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it has signed a $1,339,000 joint consent decree with GSP Management Co., Frank T. Perano and related companies due to drinking water and wastewater issues at 73 mobile home parks, 70 of which are in Pennsylvania.

The consent decree addresses specific violations at 32 of the Pennsylvania mobile home parks. At the agencies' direction, the company has agreed to take various corrective measures.

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October 4, 2012
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Pittsburgh Newspaper Wins Award for Report on Fracking Effects

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The Sidney Hillman Foundation
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Story spurs state inquiry, inspires donations of water to residents

The Sidney Hillman Foundation announced that Erich Schwartzel and Julia Rendleman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have won the September Sidney Award for “Fouled Waters,” a three-month investigation into a mysterious blight on the water supply of the Woodlands, a small Pennsylvania town surrounded by natural gas wells.

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September 13, 2012

EPA Awards $15 Million to Assist Small Systems

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U.S. EPA
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Funds will help drinking water and wastewater treatment systems meet federal and state regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded nearly $15 million in funding to provide training and technical assistance to small drinking and wastewater systems – those serving fewer than 10,000 people – and to private well owners. The funding will help provide training and tools to improve small system operations and management practices, promoting sustainability and supporting EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment.

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September 11, 2012
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