The Science Behind the Standards

There is a buzz of excitement throughout the industry surrounding the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Sustainability Standards. The development of these standards was sparked by the WQA board of governors, which tasked the association with finding a proactive way to promote sustainability and environmental awareness across the entire drinking water treatment sector. This torch was eagerly taken up by industry volunteers, with task force ranks eventually growing to represent more than 50 WQA members and stakeholders.

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The life-cycle approach to creating sustainability standards

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Stuart Mann, CWS-VI, is sustainability certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Mann can be reached at smann@wqa.org or 630.929.2546.
Eric Yeggy, CWS-VI, is program development manager for the Water Quality Assn. Yeggy can be reached at eyeggy@wqa.org or 630.929.2539.

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January 16, 2014
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Carbon Block

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FX ChloraGuard carbon blocks provide five times more chloramine reduction capacity than standard carbon blocks. With more than 70 million Americans drinking chloraminated water, the need for chloramine filtration products has never been greater. These carbon blocks are available in all standard sizes for POU, POE and light commercial applications.

Catalytic Carbon for Chloramine Removal

Many water utilities across the U.S. are transitioning to chloramine for disinfection as an alternative to chlorine. This change is in response to stricter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on disinfection byproducts (DBPs), which are created when chlorine reacts with organics in water. Chloramine, a combination of chlorine and ammonia, is more stable and does not create DPBs.

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Specialized carbon products improve chloramine removal

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Vivekanand Gaur, Ph.D., is general manager of technology and R&D operations for Filtrex Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Gaur can be reached at vgaur@filtrex.co.in.

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March 15, 2013
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Klearbar

Klearbar is revolutionizing the beverage industry with our compact, multi-drink beverage bars that transform your basic tap into an unlimited supply of pure, great-tasting, environmentally friendly water. And with one-touch, you can instantly enjoy endless hot, chilled and sparkling beverages in seconds. Our vision is to bring pure, healthy, great-tasting, cost- effective, environmentally friendly water and beverages to every counter top in America. We’re committed to delivering intelligent, eco-smart drinking solutions that protect the environment and your health. By purifying water that comes straight from your tap, Klearbar eliminates the need for store bought bottles, reducing plastic waste as well as the oil and energy used to create, transport and recycle plastic bottles. Plus, our advanced purification technologies ensure our customers are drinking the safest and cleanest water available, free from harmful bacteria and chemicals. You’ll taste the Klearbar difference in every sip you take and in every drink you make.

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A Guide to Carbon Certification

The application of activated carbon to drinking water dates all the way back to 450 B.C., when Phoenician trading ships stored drinking water in charred wooden barrels. This practice was widely in use on long sea voyages by the 18th century. Even today, brewers use charred wooden barrels to remove impurities during the aging process.

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Assessing activated carbon requires a rigorous review

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Eric Yeggy, CWS-VI, is business development manager for the Water Quality Assn. Yeggy can be reached at eyeggy@wqa.org or 630.929.2539.

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November 29, 2012
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November 29, 2012
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Pleated Carbon Filter

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This filter’s pleated design gives it a high surface area, providing excellent flow and dirt-holding capacity with minimal pressure loss. Constructed with carbon-impregnated media, it provides resistance to bacterial attack. It is ideal for non-chlorinated water supplies in which sediment reduction is the primary purpose of the filter and when taste, odor and chlorine reduction are desired.

Filter Media

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CEI’s headquarters are located in Circleville, Ohio, in a state-of-the-art 21,000-sq-ft facility. CEI Anthracite is the company’s manufacturing facility located in Hazelton, Pa. CEI utilizes plants throughout the world to supply customers with high-quality filter media at the best possible price.

New Filter Series Provide More Treatment Options

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June 8, 2012

An alternative to small or inefficient or stainless steel housings, the Enpress Cartridge Tank offers extended life and service and a cost-effective and efficient filtration solution.

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Filters

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UFMC Series carbon wrap filters are cellulose free. Manufactured from carbon and polypropylene fibers, these filters will not harbor bacteria and other organics that are typical with cellulose-based filters. These cost-effective, single-stage cartridges are ideally suited for removal of sediments and reduction of unwanted taste, odor and chlorine from drinking water. They are available in 5, 10 and 20 microns in standard 2.6-in. and jumbo 4.5-in. OD diameters of 10- and 20-in. lengths.

The ABCs of Activated Carbon

Activated carbon (AC) is a common component in many water treatment devices. It removes a wide variety of organic-based contaminants, as well as some inorganic contaminants such as free chlorine and monochloramine. It is common to use AC ahead of reverse osmosis and ion exchange resins to prevent oxidation and organic fouling and to decrease maintenance frequency.  

Activated Carbon Properties

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Activated carbon properties determine filtration performance

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Robert Potwora is technical director for Carbon Resources. Potwora can be reached at robert@carbonresources.com or 760.630.5724.

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February 24, 2012
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February 24, 2012
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