Approved method for global bottled water safety
3M Food Safety announced May 21 that its Petrifilm Aqua Coliform Count Plate has received NF validation from France-based Assn. Francaise de Normalisation (AFNOR) for its ability to detect and enumerate colonies of E. coli and coliform bacteria in bottled water samples.
When considering reverse osmosis (RO) for water treatment, there are several things that should be taken into account. One of the most important things to consider is the quality of the water to be treated. RO is widely used to remove harmful inorganic contaminants; however, due to the limitations and higher operating cost, pretreatment of the water may be necessary. For example, hardness minerals are common in groundwater, and at high levels, pretreating with a softener is often recommended.
The Complete RO Screen was developed with input from membrane manufacturers and treatment professionals. This package tests for most factors that can reduce the life of an RO membrane. Due to the nature of RO produced water, the testing was designed to provide lower detection levels. This test package is also beneficial for other applications that require pure water. New and improved compact packaging will reduce shipping costs.
Nancy Hatley and Erin Post will be responsible for the western and eastern regions of the country
Palintest recently appointed Nancy Hatley and Erin Post as the company’s new sales managers for the western and eastern U.S. regions. Hatley and Post will be responsible for enhancing relationships with existing distributors by providing product training, sales information and technical knowledge. In addition, they will establish new distributors and markets for the Palintest product line of water testing equipment.
AquaChek Spa is a six-in-one test strip developed specifically for hot tubs. The 15-second, dip-and-read strip includes tests for six parameters: total chlorine, total bromine, free chlorine, total alkalinity, pH and total hardness. To use, dip the test strip into the spa or hot tub, compare using the color chart and adjust chemical levels as needed.
Choosing the right drinking water treatment product is not easy. There are many factors to consider prior to installation. Water characteristics, family members, price and certification by a reputable organization all are important. Share these factors with your clients to help them choose the right treatment system for their homes.
Factors in choosing the right water treatment system
The AquaChek Copper 3-in-1 test strip is designed for mineral purification systems that are used as an alternative for sanitizing pools and hot tubs. The test strip allows for easier monitoring and controlling of copper levels in pool and spa water. It also measures pH and total alkalinity, helping to prevent scaling and corrosion caused by unbalanced pH levels.
Industrial Test Systems Inc. manufactures inorganic Arsenic Quick test kits that provide accurate results at affordable prices. The ETV-verified, patented kits require no technical training and are recognized as premium inorganic arsenic field test kits. The kits report results in as few as 14 minutes and detect amounts as low as 0.3 ppb.
Hydrofracturing is not a new concept—in fact, it has been utilized by the gas and oil industries in the U.S. since the 1940s. Thanks to increased media attention, however, many are led to believe that this is a new technology developed specifically for the extraction of natural gas.
Evaluating gas drilling’s effects on groundwater and air quality
Over the years, the public has become more aware of drinking water quality issues. Urban development has placed increased stress on water resources, which in turn has increased the need for cost-effective methods to treat drinking water. This is true regardless of whether the installation is at a single point of use (POU) or at the point of entry (POE) for treating all water used in the home.
Choosing the right treatment option for the water supply