Treating Troubled Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long regulated radium in drinking water, but in December 2000 the EPA lowered the maximum allowable levels for radionuclides. As a result, water utilities across the country retested for radium. Those that found radium contamination exceeding new EPA standards faced a three-year deadline to comply—by either removing the radium to improve the quality of the existing water supply or finding alternative water sources.

Deck: 

Water treatment system successfully removes radium from drinking water

About The Author: 

Ron Dollar is vice president for Water Remediation Technology, LLC. Dollar can be reached at 303.424.5355 or by e-mail at rdollar@wrtnet.com.

Publication Date: 
March 27, 2008
Activation Date: 
March 27, 2008
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
19119

The Right Kind of Test

Water contaminants and bottled water testing

About The Author: 

Barbara Marteney is food and beverage business unit manager for National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. Marteney can be reached at 800.458.3330 or by e-mail at marteney@ntllabs.com

Activation Date: 
March 27, 2008
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
19118

Emerging Contaminants

Are PFCs the next public water concern?

Like other manmade chemicals that have been polluting our drinking water over the years, perfluorochemicals (PFC) are not naturally occurring chemicals; they were developed in a lab- oratory to meet an industry need. PFCs are carbon chains (typically four or eight carbon atoms) that are bonded to fluorine atoms.

PFCs can be used as an ingredient in a manufacturing process or as part of a finished product. Companies have used them for a number of years for products that resist heat, oil, grease and water.

About The Author: 

Thomas Palkon is director of product certification for the Water Quality Association. Palkon can be reached at 630.505.0160 or by e-mail at tpalkon@wqa.org.

Publication Date: 
November 8, 2008
Activation Date: 
February 27, 2008
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
19017

Testing for Bacteria

Running bacteria samples in-house

About The Author: 

Marianne Metzger is accounting specialist for Accent Control Systems, Inc. Metzger is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Water Quality Products. Metzger can be reached at 610.608.5793 or by e-mail at mmetzger@accent-control.com.

Activation Date: 
February 27, 2008
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
19012

Certification Around the World

International regulations for POU and POE systems

About The Author: 

Laura Moorman is senior certification project manager and international approval specialist for NSF Intl. Moorman can be reached at 800.NSF.MARK or by e-mail at lmoorman@nsf.org.

Activation Date: 
March 27, 2008
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
19008

The Extra Step

Understanding the importance of third-party certification

About The Author: 

Pauli Undesser is product certification supervisor for the Water Quality Association. She can be reached at 630.505.2514, or by e-mail at pundesser@wqa.org.

Activation Date: 
January 8, 2008
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
18839

Water Testing 101: TDS

An overview of the most common parameter for testing water quality

Of all the buzzwords that are swimming around the world of water quality these days, “TDS” is one of the most common. Industry professionals range from being fully versed in the subject to being marginally aware, while the average consumer would most likely guess it is an abbreviation for touchdowns. Given that TDS is by far the most common parameter for water quality testing, an overview of the subject is warranted.

About The Author: 

Rob Samborn is director of sales and marketing for HM Digital, Inc. He can be reached at 310.410.3100, or by e-mail at rob@hmdigital.com.

Publication Date: 
September 10, 2008
Activation Date: 
January 8, 2008
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
18837

Onsite Testing: What to Use?

Determining which tests are best for its application

About The Author: 

Marianne Metzger is accounting specialist for Accent Control Systems, Inc. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Water Quality Products. She can be reached at 610.608.5793, or by e-mail at mmetzger@accent-control.com.

Activation Date: 
November 9, 2007
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
18653

Reduce, Resize, Revitalize

Water professionals save time and money with new DataStick technology

About The Author: 

Heather McCoy is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. She can be reached at 847.954.7958, or by e-mail at hmccoy@sgcmail.com.

Activation Date: 
October 12, 2007
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Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
18561

Step by Step

Internal auditing boosts quality of laboratory testing

About The Author: 

Sarah Zrout, CWS-I, is quality manager for the WQA. She can be reached at 630.929.2541, or by e-mail at szrout@mail.wqa.org.

Activation Date: 
August 29, 2007
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Legacy
Legacy ID: 
18484