New Report Exposes Gaps in Michigan Water and Sewer Infrastructure Investment

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Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Assn.
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Communities throughout Michigan face challenge of updating aging water and sewer systems

A new report commissioned by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Assn. (MITA) found Michigan and its communities are not keeping up with the multimillion-dollar investments needed to ensure clean drinking water and wastewater treatment for residents and businesses.

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April 14, 2016

Product Testing: Retesting the Waters

In recent months, some clients of the Water Quality Assn.’s (WQA) Product Certification Program have questioned the association’s policy on retesting already certified products. WQA and other certifiers of water treatment products, including NSF Intl. and UL, require products to be regularly retested in order to maintain their certified status. In conformance with industry best practices, WQA requires the products it certifies to be retested once every one to five years, depending on product type. In certain cases, retesting on a more frequent basis may be required.

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Regular retesting demonstrates the integrity of products & the industry

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March 2, 2016
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Healthy Babies Bright Futures Offers Lead in Water Action Kits to American Families

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Healthy Babies Bright Futures
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Testing lead in water will allow families to detect and reduce their lead exposure

Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is making Lead in Water Action Kits available to families across the U.S. so they can test their tap water for the presence of lead and take action to reduce exposure. HBBF has partnered with Virginia Tech to offer an in-home kit that can detect most lead hazards in water. Each family's water samples are sent for analysis to Virginia Tech's lab - the same lab that uncovered lead contamination in Washington, D.C., and, most recently, Flint, Mich.

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February 19, 2016
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Healthy Babies Bright Futures Offers Lead in Water Action Kits to American Families

Testing: The Problem With Plastics

Parents are faced with a daily barrage of what is considered “safe”—government, industry, nonprofit groups and the scientific community all have varying and sometimes confusing opinions on this topic. This makes it hard to make the important decisions that keep you and your family out of harm’s way.

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Increasing concerns over phthalate contamination from plastics

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January 8, 2016
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Test Kit

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The Coliform/E. coli Bacteria Test Kit (Code 4-3616-UV) includes five tubes that are inoculated with sample and incubated for 24 to 48 hours. A change in color and the formation of gas bubbles indicates the presence of coliforms. When E. coli is present, samples will fluoresce when exposed to UV light. Further confirmation by a laboratory for the presence of E. coli is recommended

Photometer

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The eXact iDip smart photometer system is the first handheld photometer that pairs directly with a smart device and can test more than 40 water quality parameters through a simple four-step process. Two-way wireless communication with Bluetooth Smart (4.0) allows for instantaneous software updates and customization. Compliance with the EPA, ISO, and DIN testing specifications of the device confirms the meter’s quality, reliability and accuracy.

Testing: What’s in a Beer?

For more than 5,000 years, ale has been a commodity enjoyed by many. Now, as a $295 billion industry, beer remains a key product of consumption in our economy. 

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Onsite testing kits help breweries produce consistent flavors

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November 5, 2015
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The Spa Boy is a self-monitoring, self-adjusting water care system designed for hot tubs. The system uses saltwater sanitizer generation controlled by sensors to provide an automated method of maintaining spa water conditions. Live energy usage monitoring, equipment operating status and water chemistry data are instantly transmitted to the spa control center. The results are displayed on the spa topside display, the smartphone app or a Web portal for analysis, adjustment and remote troubleshooting.

Total Coliform Test Indicates Presence of E. Coli

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October 23, 2015

The Coliform/E. coli Indicator bacteria test kit (Code 4-3616-UV) includes five tubes, each with a nutrient tablet. The five tubes are each inoculated with 10 mL of sample water and incubated for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the ambient temperature. A change in the color due to acid production and the formation of gas bubbles in the reconstituted gel indicates the presence of coliforms.

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Testing Kit Detects Glyphosate in Drinking Water

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September 1, 2015

Glyphosate is an herbicide that is regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It is an ingredient in Roundup, a widely used herbicide, as well as more than 700 other products for sale in the United States.

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