USGS study signals need for well owners to test, protect water
A report released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) showing that one in five private wells in Pennsylvania faces elevated arsenic levels, offered powerful incentive to test and ensure treatment, according to the Water Quality Assn (WQA).
According to USGS, “Eight percent of more than 5,000 wells tested across Pennsylvania contain groundwater with levels of arsenic at or above federal standards set for public drinking water, while an additional 12% — though not exceeding standards — show elevated levels,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of WQA.
The BioTector B3500c TOC analyzer offers process insights and incident alerts, environmental monitoring, energy optimization, product and water loss prevention, and boiler and plant protection. With patented two-stage advanced oxidation technology, it provides maximum reliability and uptime. The analyzer requires replacement every six months, has a compact footprint and can monitor two streams at the same time.
The COM-80 is an economically priced, water-resistant handheld tester for electrical conductivity and TDS, featuring four built-in modes (μS, mS, ppm and ppt). It also includes onscreen diagnostic messaging and temperature on a large four-digit LCD. The tester was co-designed in the U.S. and Korea and is backed by a one-year factory warranty.
The Compact turbimeter tests for turbidity and TSS in drinking water, wastewater and surface water. It provides accurate readings of samples with settling matter and features continuous measurement, averaging and suspended solids operating modes. It has a resolution of 0.01 ntu and a dynamic range of 0 to 1050 ntu with results available in other units. Results are logged and tagged with operator and site identity information.
The eXact Micro 20 dual-wavelength photometer features quality design and engineering with the latest patented technologies to deliver sustainable water testing solutions that cost less. It is waterproof (IP-67) and quickly performs onsite testing for more than 30 direct-read water quality parameters without look-up tables. It features a narrow-band wavelength filter for optimal accuracy, long-life LEDs and a built-in cell for ultra performance. Each parameter stores the 20 previous results for a total of more than 600.
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.