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.

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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.

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September 10, 2012
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September 10, 2012
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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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EPA Updates WaterSense Specification

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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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.

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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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EPA and USDA Announce First-Ever Microbial Risk Assessment Guidance

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.

Publication Date: 
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

About The Author: 

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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