Residential Treatment Options

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.

Water Quality

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Factors in choosing the right water treatment system

About The Author: 

Tina Fischer, CWS-VI, is product certification supervisor for the Water Quality Assn. Fischer can be reached at tfischer@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

Publication Date: 
February 24, 2012
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February 24, 2012
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23241

Test Strips

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February 2012

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.

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Test Kits

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December 2011

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 & The Environment

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.  

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Evaluating gas drilling’s effects on groundwater and air quality

About The Author: 

Marianne Metzger is GPG business manager for National Testing Laboratories Ltd. and a member of the Water Quality Products Editorial Advisory Board. Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@ntllabs.com or 800.458.3330.

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 4, 2011
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Legacy
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23121

Deciding on Disinfection

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.

Point-of-Use Treatment

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Choosing the right treatment option for the water supply

About The Author: 

Kyle Hicks is a technical support specialist at Viqua – a Trojan Technologies Co. Hicks can be reached at khicks@viqua.com. Phil Jones is the customer service/technical support manager at Viqua – a Trojan Technologies Co. Jones can be reached at pjones@viqua.com.

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
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November 4, 2011
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23118

A Growing Focus on Groundwater

In recent days, groundwater has been gaining attention. Increased hydraulic fracturing operations have caused controversy over potential methane gas contamination. Reports indicate that groundwater aquifers, especially in the drought-prone southwestern U.S., are being depleted more quickly than they can be recharged. Surveys, like the one recently released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), reveal that contaminants such as arsenic are widespread in the nation’s water wells.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. She can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Publication Date: 
November 4, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 4, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
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23116

Better Quality Assurance Through ORP

There are many forces driving water treatment and quality assurance practices: efficacy, reliability, health and safety, cost, practicability, aesthetics and government regulations from government agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Though effective, there are alternatives to the traditional testing methods prescribed for characterizing and monitoring water quality, saving time and money. 

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Using ORP to accurately measure disinfectant efficacy

About The Author: 

Heather Rekalske is technical writer for Myron L Co. Rekalske can be reached at hrekalske@myronl.com or 760.438.2021.

Publication Date: 
October 26, 2011
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October 26, 2011
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Emergency Preparedness

As I write this, the U.S. is in the wake of two natural disasters: the earthquake that rocked the East Coast on Aug. 23 and Hurricane Irene, which spun its way from the Carolinas to Canada just a few days later.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. She can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Activation Date: 
October 26, 2011
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Legacy
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23087

Meter

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October 2011

ITS introduces the eXact Chlorine Plus, a handheld photometer that offers faster, safer, easier and more precise water testing. The meter is ideal for oxidizer testing and provides direct read capabilities for combined chlorine, free chlorine, total chlorine, hydrogen peroxide low range, high-range free chlorine and glycine. Percent transmission allows for testing of additional parameters.

Arsenic & Activated Carbon

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known Proposition (Prop) 65. The act requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

Aiming for Arsenic

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Preemptive testing can prevent costly penalties in California

About The Author: 

Sarah Zrout is quality manager with the Water Quality Assn. Zrout can be reached at szrout@wqa.org.

Publication Date: 
September 22, 2011
Activation Date: 
September 22, 2011
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Legacy
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23038