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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Kuwait Beverage Company Earns Certification from NSF Intl.’s Bottled Water Certification Program

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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.

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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

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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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PCB Health Concerns on the Minds of Illinois Residents

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Despite being outlawed by Congress in 1979, PCBs are still found in our air, water and soil

Just last month, The Daily Illini published a report about many Illinois residents being up in arms over a DeWitt County landfill’s plans to dump 2.5 million cu yd of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated waste at the site. The landfill just happens to be over a giant reservoir of groundwater used by 750,000 people.

The production of PCB was banned by Congress in 1979. Even though that was more than 30 years ago, PCBs are still making the news today.

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May 16, 2012

New Water Quality Portal Provides Access to More Than 150 Million Records

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The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) teamed up with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council to launch a brand new Water Quality Portal for water quality data. The portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS's National Water Information System (NWIS) and EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET). 

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May 7, 2012
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Bottled Water: Regulatory Report

Water Quality Products Managing Editor Rebecca Wilhelm recently spoke to Dan Felton, vice president of government relations for the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA), about the regulatory and legislative challenges facing the bottled water industry.

Wilhelm: What are the main challenges facing the bottled water industry?

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Dan Felton is vice president of government relations for the IBWA. Felton can be reached at dfelton@bottledwater.org or 703.683.5213.

Rebecca Wilhelm is managing editor of WQP. Wilhelm can be reached at bwilhelm@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1009.

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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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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

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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).

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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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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