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.

Publication Date: 
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.

Publication Date: 
October 4, 2012
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DEP, EPA Crack Down on Water and Wastewater Violations

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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EPA Awards $15 Million to Assist Small Systems

About the Ban

It has been almost three years since California passed Assembly Bill 1366, allowing municipalities to ban the sale and use of water softeners. Water Quality Products Assistant Editor Nicole Bowling spoke with Mike Mecca, past president of the Pacific Water Quality Assn. (PWQA), about how the bans are affecting the local water quality industry.

Nicole Bowling: What is the status of the water softener ban legislation in California?

About The Author: 

Mike Mecca is director of technical services and product development for Performance Water and past president of the Pacific Water Quality Assn. Mecca can be reached at mikemecca@performancewater.com or 714.736.0137. Nicole Bowling is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. Bowling can be reached at nbowling@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
September 11, 2012
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September 11, 2012
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I Am Iron, Man

I have four children under 10 years old, so as you can imagine, my house is filled with excitement—wrestling, roughhousing and playing sports. One of my favorite activities is to play superheroes with the boys. It has been a blast to see my sons enjoy many of the same superheroes I loved as a boy: Superman, Spiderman, Batman, the Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America and many more. Ultimately, the boys like every hero and the special powers or cool gadgets they use to defeat bad guys, but our household favorite has to be Iron Man.  

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Safe and effective treatment for the ‘troublesome trio’

About The Author: 

Mark Unger is technical manager for the Water Quality Assn. Unger can be reached at munger@wqa.org or 630.929.2524.

Publication Date: 
September 11, 2012
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September 11, 2012
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Survival in a Global Market

Competitive price point? Check. Product quality supersedes others? Check. Performance specifications in line with the customer’s request? Check. Unique features? Check. Availability and reasonable lead time? Check. Product meets regulatory standards and certification requirements? Check, check, check.

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Regulatory impact on drinking water products in a global sales environment

About The Author: 

Hannah G. Adams is technical sales representative for KX Technologies LLC. Adams can be reached at hadams@kxtech.com or 203.764.2529.

Frank A. Brigano, Ph.D., is vice president, technology, for KX Technologies LLC. Brigano can be reached at fbrigano@kxtech.com or 203.764.2506.

Alan Graebert is engineer, product certification, for KX Technologies LLC. Graebert can be reached atagraebert@kxtech.com or 203.764.2520.

Publication Date: 
September 10, 2012
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September 10, 2012
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EPA Updates WaterSense Specification

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EPA
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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.

Publication Date: 
August 29, 2012
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Industry Encouraged to Comment on Major EPA Lead Law Changes

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.

Publication Date: 
August 13, 2012