Conforlab of Brazil signs on as Phigenics LLC first licensing partner
Phigenics LLC has launched a licensing practice for its patented Legionella testing technology. Conforlab Engenharia Ambiental LTDA of Sao Paulo signed on as the first licensee in December 2012.
Update includes setting a limit for E. coli to better protect public health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the rule for pathogens in drinking water, including setting a limit for E. coli to better protect public health.
The Revised Total Coliform Rule ensures that all of the approximately 155,000 public water systems in the U.S., which provide drinking water to more than 310 million people, take steps to prevent exposure to pathogens like E. coli. These types of pathogens can cause a variety of illnesses, with symptoms such as acute abdominal discomfort or, in more extreme cases, kidney failure or hepatitis.
The ColorQ DW is a handheld photo-meter kit for onsite drinking water testing. It digitally measures seven factors: hardness, pH, iron, nitrate, free chlorine, total chlorine and sulfide. The large digital display eliminates the guesswork with traditional visual color-matching methods. A sturdy case contains the meter, test solutions and instructions.
UL will provide testing services for public water systems serving fewer than 10,000 people
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has won a contract from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test samples from small public water systems serving 10,000 people or fewer for contaminants listed in the third cycle of EPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3) program.
Groundwater provides a valuable source of drinking water for millions of people across the U.S. But as new contaminants are discovered and droughts continue to worsen, resulting in depleted aquifers, it is increasingly important to monitor the quantity and quality of available groundwater. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently updated Water Quality Products on the status of groundwater quality in the U.S.
What is the role of the USGS in surveying and monitoring groundwater quality and availability in the U.S.?
U.S. groundwater faces increasing contamination & overuse
The PT2 pH and temperature pen is designed to be extremely accurate, fast and simple to use in diverse water quality applications. Advanced features include temperature compensation; one-, two- and three-point calibration; choice of continuous and snapshot measurement modes; and waterproof housing. A true one-handed instrument, it is easy to calibrate and use. To take a measurement, simply push a button, then dip in solution.
Water treatment has evolved greatly over the past several years, from simple filters and water softeners to more complex treatment including new and different media, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration and nanofiltration. A major reason behind this move forward is that more water testing is being done throughout the U.S. by public water systems, in addition to studies by the U.S. Geological Survey that map common contaminants in groundwater and surface waters such as lakes and streams.
Evaluating source water to determine proper treatment
The Watersafe test kit provides a quick, accurate and affordable way to test drinking water quality. These user-friendly kits test for 10 parameters: bacteria, pesticides, lead, nitrates, nitrites, pH, chlorine, iron, copper and hardness. They provide immediate results, and require no power, incubation, sample preparation or special storage.
The Chemitec line of sensors and analyzers tests for parameters including ph/ORP, conductivity, turbidity and suspended solids. It also provides monitoring of peracetic acid and disinfectants such as chlorine, ozone and chlorine dioxide. An electronic storefront has been designed specifically to provide the convenience, ease and rapid delivery of Internet-based transactions.
The Problem Check test package analyzes water for 20 of the most common nuisance contaminants. Developed to uncover aesthetic problems, especially with iron, this test includes total, dissolved and iron bacteria. Additional contaminants tested include manganese, hardness, sulfate, tannins and potassium as well as other contaminants essential to determining treatment options.