EPA Updates WaterSense Specification

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Revised specification takes effect Jan. 1, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) modified its specification for new homes to enable apartment and condominium units to earn the WaterSense label, update product requirements and adjust landscape criteria. WaterSense-labeled new homes allow residents to enjoy the comforts of home and save water and energy inside and out by using WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures, efficient hot water systems and low-maintenance, water-smart landscapes. Homes labeled after Jan. 1, 2013, must meet the criteria of the revised specification.

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September 5, 2012
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Industry Encouraged to Comment on Major EPA Lead Law Changes

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Water Quality Assn.
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Comments and ideas must be submitted to EPA by Aug. 31

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) is encouraging industry members to make their voices heard by the end of the month on major changes to the lead content regulation being put forward by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA is looking for suggestions on how to implement numerous aspects of the law, which takes effect in 2014.

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August 29, 2012
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Third Edition of UV Guidelines Provides Updated Protocol

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International Ultraviolet Assn.
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Changes include updated protocol for testing & validating UV performance in water treatment

The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) announced the publication of the third edition of the "Ultraviolet Disinfection Guidelines for Drinking Water and Water Reuse" at the IUVA 2012 Americas Conference.

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August 13, 2012

EPA and USDA Announce First-Ever Microbial Risk Assessment Guidance

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Guideline will help better determine health risks from food and waterborne pathogens

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the first-ever Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) guideline July 31.

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August 3, 2012
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Kuwait Beverage Company Earns Certification from NSF Intl.’s Bottled Water Certification Program

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NSF Intl.
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Arabian Beverage Co.’s entire product line is now NSF certified

Arabian Beverage Co. Ltd.’s entire product line has been tested and certified to NSF Intl.’s Bottled Water Certification Program.

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August 2, 2012

WQA Developing Electrochemical Demineralization Standards

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These systems show promise as a salt-free alternative to water softeners

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) is currently developing a certification standard for electrochemical demineralization treatment. These systems show promise as a salt-free alternative to water softeners, according to the WQA.

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July 26, 2012

Assuring Accuracy & Reliability

In April 2012, the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) laboratory received third-party accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 from International Accreditation Services. For many years, WQA’s laboratory already has been operating in compliance with this standard.

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Third-party accreditation recognizes laboratory’s technical competence

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Emily Bolda is laboratory manager for the Water Quality Assn. Bolda can be reached at ebolda@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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June 18, 2012
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June 18, 2012
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PCB Health Concerns on the Minds of Illinois Residents

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Cochrane & Associates LLC
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Despite being outlawed by Congress in 1979, PCBs are still found in our air, water and soil

Just last month, The Daily Illini published a report about many Illinois residents being up in arms over a DeWitt County landfill’s plans to dump 2.5 million cu yd of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated waste at the site. The landfill just happens to be over a giant reservoir of groundwater used by 750,000 people.

The production of PCB was banned by Congress in 1979. Even though that was more than 30 years ago, PCBs are still making the news today.

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May 16, 2012

New Water Quality Portal Provides Access to More Than 150 Million Records

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USGS
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The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) teamed up with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council to launch a brand new Water Quality Portal for water quality data. The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS's National Water Information System (NWIS) and EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET). 

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May 7, 2012
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Bottled Water: Regulatory Report

Water Quality Products Managing Editor Rebecca Wilhelm recently spoke to Dan Felton, vice president of government relations for the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA), about the regulatory and legislative challenges facing the bottled water industry.

Wilhelm: What are the main challenges facing the bottled water industry?

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Dan Felton is vice president of government relations for the IBWA. Felton can be reached at dfelton@bottledwater.org or 703.683.5213.

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor of WQP. Wilhelm can be reached at bwilhelm@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1009.

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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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