New Study Tests for Toxic Chemicals in Garden Hoses

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PR Newswire Assn. LLC
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Upcoming data details hazardous substances that can lead to health problems

The Ecology Center will be releasing data on toxic chemicals in gardening products Monday, June 20. The study includes data on the water that sits inside garden hoses for hours in the sun, which could allow toxic chemicals to leach in. This update to a 2013 study is part of ongoing research of hazardous substances in common consumer items. 

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June 16, 2016

Drinking Water Test Strip

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With a single dip, the LaMotte multi-parameter test strip (order code 2933) for drinking water tests free chlorine, total chlorine, pH, hardness, nitrate and nitrite in less than 45 seconds. It is appropriate for both municipal and well-water applications. Each vial contains 25 test strips and is packaged in a flip-top vial with integrated desiccant liner and a waterproof full color chart on the label.

Testing Kit

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This colorimetric field test for chlorine and chloramine uses a small handheld colorimeter to accurately resolve down to 0.01 ppm of chlorine while preventing a false positive from manganese and excess chloramine. The test is reliable and easy to use.

Water Testing App

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Upgrades to the eXact iDip smart device application allow users to determine Langlier Saturation Index and magnesium hardness without performing written calculations. The device seamlessly interprets data collected by the user, calculates the desired values, and displays the values on the device and in the application. Because the photometer communicates wirelessly with the application, any updates to the software are automatically applied without the need to upgrade the existing hardware.

Monitoring Lead in School Drinking Water

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Palintest Ltd.
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Louisville Water Company initiates testing program in Kentucky

The EPA’s guidance documentation “3 Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities: Training, Testing, Telling” recommends schools routinely test their facility’s drinking water, with a focus on lead levels in drinking water fountains. In launching the 3 Ts campaign, EPA’s provides school officials and childcare facility operators with tools to understand and address lead in drinking water in their local communities.

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May 31, 2016

Thousands of Public Pools, Hot Tubs Closed for Serious Violations

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CDC suggests public check inspection results before swimming

Every year, serious health and safety violations force thousands of public pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds to close, according to a report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Swimming is a great way to exercise and spend time with family and friends but, as with any form of exercise, there are risks. Inspections of public pools and other aquatic venues enforce standards to prevent illness, drowning and pool chemical-associated injuries such as poisoning or burns.

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May 27, 2016

Testing: Simple & Reliable

Working in many of the poorest regions of the world, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and their partners are mindful, now more than ever, of the need to make their work sustainable. Part of that goal is using testing processes that are relatively inexpensive, not just because of NGOs’ limited budgets under grants or other fundraising, but also because communities need such methods to continue maintenance and governance of the systems after the construction phase.

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Testing kit helps identify safe water sources

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May 25, 2016
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Testing: Assessing Lead Risks

With all of the media attention currently surrounding lead in water, people should consider whether their water is safe to drink. In the wake of the Flint, Mich., water contamination crisis, hundreds of news stories about lead have been published, including reports on test results from schools that are being proactive and testing their water, water supplies that have exceeded the action levels and water authorities trying to reassure customers the water they provide is safe.  

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Understanding the regulations & procedures for public water supply lead testing

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May 25, 2016
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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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