In an effort to ensure that America has the cleanest water possible, on Jan. 4, 2014, a new law reducing the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products will go into effect. Williette Nyanue, assistant editor for Water Quality Products, recently spoke to Barbara Higgens, executive director of Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI), to discuss the implications of the law and how manufacturers are preparing to comply.
Williette Nyanue: What implications does the new lead law have?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Maine dealers push for water treatment equipment installation licensing laws
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.
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.