A Wider Scope: International Regulations

With the recent BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and the passing of the five-year anniversary for Hurricane Katrina, we are reminded how delicate our ecosystems and water supplies are. But these events occurred in a generalized local area. What about water regulations on an international level?

NSF Intl., as a World Health Organization Collaborating Center, continues to foster the growth and education of the NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Treatment Unit (DWTU) Standards, what they mean and how they may be able to benefit another country.

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Tracking the development of international drinking water regulations

About The Author: 

David L. Bentley is technical manager of the DWTU Program for NSF Intl. Bentley can be reached at bentley@nsf.org or 734.769.8926.

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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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Networking Upgrade

In this issue of Water Quality Products, you will find an abundance of tips and ideas for networking of all kinds: from lead exchange groups and community service groups (“A Community Affair,” page 16) to social media etiquette and hosting “TweetUps” to bring connections made online into live gatherings (“Today’s Successful Networking,” page 14).

About The Author: 

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Wilhelm can be reached at bwilhelm@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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GreenExpo365.com to Offer Webinars on U.S. EPA WaterSense Program

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May 9 sessions will feature multiple experts on water-efficient building practices

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 36 states will face water shortages by 2013.

It is a problem not limited to the desert Southwest but stretches to the Midwest, Florida, Georgia and other regions. EPA's WaterSense program is designed to decrease indoor and outdoor nonagricultural water use through more efficient products, equipment and programs.

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May 3, 2012

EPA to Work with Drinking Water Systems to Monitor Unregulated Contaminants

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Approximately 6,000 public water systems will begin monitoring 28 chemicals and two viruses beginning in 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a list of 28 chemicals and two viruses that approximately 6,000 public water systems will monitor from 2013 to 2015 as part of the agency’s unregulated contaminant monitoring program.

The program collects data for contaminants suspected to be present in drinking water but that do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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May 3, 2012
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Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in Water Published

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U.S. EPA published table of human health benchmarks for 350 pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a table of human health benchmarks for approximately 350 pesticides to enable states, water systems and the public to better determine whether the detection of a pesticide in drinking water or source waters for drinking water may indicate a potential health risk.

Advanced testing methods now allow pesticides to be detected in water at very low levels. These small amounts of pesticides detected in drinking water or source water for drinking water do not necessarily indicate a health risk.

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April 27, 2012

EPA Finalizes Plan for Next Phase of Toxic Site Cleanup

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The toxic New York site has contaminated the public water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its plan to demolish a building, dig up contaminated soil and sediment and treat the groundwater at the Crown Cleaners of Watertown Inc. Superfund site in Herrings, N.Y.

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April 27, 2012

Reducing Costs for Reducing Arsenic

“Arsenic Found in Groundwater.” How many times have you seen that headline? There is no doubt that arsenic has become a common household term, used not only by teenagers studying the periodic table but also by adults who have long forgotten their high school chemistry classes.

In the last 10 years, arsenic has made headlines for various reasons. Most deal with human exposure and its associated risks.  

Arsenic is present in natural deposits in the earth. It can enter drinking water supplies from these deposits or from agricultural and industrial activities.

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Developing less expensive POE systems for arsenic treatment

About The Author: 

Brian Donda is Gold Seal and exhibit sales manager for the Water Quality Assn. Donda can be reached at bdonda@wqa.org or 630.929.2527.

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April 25, 2012
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April 25, 2012
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Final Barrier: Looking Toward the Future

What exactly is final barrier? How does it work? Where does it fit into my business? These are questions asked by many dealers in the water treatment industry. The WQA Aquatech USA 2012 tradeshow, held March 6 to 9, focused on these questions with a mixture of presentations and a focus group discussion.

Protection From Disease

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Final barrier technology is poised to provide treatment solutions around the world

About The Author: 

Regu P. Regunathan, Ph.D., is president of ReguNathan Associates Inc. and is a technical consultant to the Water Quality Assn. Regunathan can be reached at regu5@yahoo.com or 630.653.0387.

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April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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Calif. Public Health Department to Abandon Drinking Water Unit Certification Program

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The program will be eliminated after December 31 of this year

On April 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that it would be abandoning the drinking water unit certification program after Dec. 31 of this year. 

The decision came after lengthy discussions with the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and after the association introduced legislation to turn over certification responsibilities to American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited third-party certifiers such as NSF Intl. and WQA.

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April 20, 2012
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Chromium Concerns

A recent report from the Environmental Working Group revealed the presence of hexavalent chromium in the tap water of 31 of 35 cities. Norman, Okla., had the highest level of all the cities tested. Water Quality Products (WQP) spoke with Dr. Robert Nairn of the University of Oklahoma (OU) to learn more about chromium-6.

Rebecca Wilhelm: What is chromium-6?

About The Author: 

Rebecca Wilhelm is former managing editor of WQP. For more information, e-mail wqpeditor@sgcmail.com

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February 1, 2011
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