Legislation and regulations have a large impact on the water quality industry — but the industry also has the power to impact the legislation that affects it. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Bill Dodd, California State Assembly candidate and member of the water industry, about the importance of educating legislators.
Kate Cline: What are the top legislative/regulatory issues currently facing the water quality industry in California?
An update on regulatory issues in California
Water use ratio for the bottled water industry is the lowest among packaged beverages
The results of a new study released by the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) show that the amount of water used to produce bottled water products is less than all other types of packaged beverages. On average, only 1.39 liters of water are used to produce every 1 liter of finished bottled water.
There is a finite amount of available water on our planet, and it is becoming an increasingly scarce resource. As populations increase, significant amounts of water are required to maintain modern life. After the baby boom and massive urbanization of the 20th century, meeting increasing demand while managing water quality expectations became a significant challenge for the water supply industry, which realized that municipal water should be reused more effectively.
Ion exchange softener bans to stimulate development of new treatment technologies
Survey finds consumers do not consider specific contaminants when treating tap water
According to NSF Intl.’s 2013 Water Quality Survey, U.S. consumers are not doing their due diligence before buying a water treatment system. The survey of 942 American adults who use water filtration products found that less than one-fifth (17%) research the contaminants in their local water supply and purchase a water filter that has been tested and certified to reduce those contaminants.
If drought continues through 2014, south and central Texas could face extreme conditions
The Guadalupe Basin Coalition (GBC) has unanimously endorsed a resolution urging regional water providers and users to conserve water to the maximum extent possible to stretch the available supply should the drought continue into 2014 as predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center. The full resolution can be found at www.guadalupebasincoalition.org.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region of the globe ranks among the lowest worldwide in terms of availability of renewable freshwater resources per capita. Protecting the limited supply of this vital resource is critical to public health, the environment and the economies of countries in this region. This article will explore the regulatory requirements for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the adoption and recognition of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 in other markets.
Leading the Way
Adoption of standards in Abu Dhabi & around the world
Unprejudiced cooperation and solid partnerships to be a prerequisite for managing water
Global leaders gathered in Stockholm for the 23rd World Water Week, calling for strengthened cooperation over water. With the world's population and economies growing fast while the amount of available water remains the same, collaboration over this essential resource is more urgent than ever.
Nine urban areas in the U.S. are under "exceptional drought" conditions
Based on data released earlier this month by the U.S. Drought Monitor, nine urban areas in the U.S. are under "exceptional drought" conditions and may experience widespread crop damages, even more severe water restrictions, and water emergencies in coming months.
Survey finds that nearly two in five moms do not believe their kids are drinking enough water
A recent survey conducted by Nestle Pure Life Purified Water found that nearly two in five moms do not believe their kids are actually drinking enough water, and more than a third say they have difficulty getting their kids to do so.
Point-of-use segment jumps 21%
The Eastern European water cooler market advanced by 5.2% in 2012 to 1.7 million units at the end of the year, according to the latest report by Zenith Intl. The point-of-use (POU) segment, which scarcely existed in the region a few years ago, is now climbing rapidly and has reached 50,000 units — a jump of 21%.