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.
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.
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?
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.
Safe and effective treatment for the ‘troublesome trio’
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.
Regulatory impact on drinking water products in a global sales environment
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.