Finding a Way

In many developing areas in Africa, accessing clean drinking water is a serious challenge for thousands of communities. The only sources of water available to their residents often are overrun with bacteria, waste and harmful contaminants. Many times, a family’s only way to obtain potable water is to walk long distances to the nearest well or other groundwater source. Such a task has several adverse effects, particularly on women and children, who may spend much of their time retrieving low-quality water for their families instead of attending school.

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Nonprofit organizations work to provide clean water in Africa

About The Author: 

Raissa Rocha is contributing editor for Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012
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Students Try for EPA Award with Lifesaving Solar-Powered Water Purifier

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students recently showed their design in Washington, D.C.

A portable solar-powered water purifier designed for use by disaster responders has put a team of student engineers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the running for a national award sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The group, led by Embry-Riddle engineering professors Marc Compere, Mark Fugler and Yan Tang, was one of 45 teams selected by the agency from among 150 applicants around the country and given funding to continue with development of its design.

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April 23, 2012

Sunlight Plus Lime Juice Make Drinking Water Safer

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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Researchers found that solar disinfection coupled with lime juice removed harmful bacteria “significantly” faster than solar disinfection alone

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that adding lime juice to water that is treated with a solar disinfection method removed detectable levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli significantly faster than solar disinfection alone.

The results are featured in the April 2012 issue of American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Publication Date: 
April 18, 2012
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California Fluoride Lawsuit Dismissed

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SFGate.com
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Court dismissed lawsuit that sought to stop a metropolitan water district from adding hydrofluosilicic acid to its public drinking water

On April 10, Judge Janis L. Sammartino granted the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to stop it from adding hydrofluosilicic acid to public drinking water for the purpose of fluoridation.

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April 16, 2012
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California Fluoride Lawsuit Dismissed

Filtronics Inc. Media Receive NSF Certification

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Filtronics Inc.
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The company's Electromedia I and V filtration media are now compliant to NSF/ANSI Standard 61

Filtronics Inc.’s Electromedia I and Electromedia V filtration media now carry certification by NSF Intl. to be compliant to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for contact with water. The review process included an inspection of Filtronics’ manufacturing facility in Anaheim, Calif., and testing of the media materials to ensure the safe use of these filter media in the treatment of drinking water.

Publication Date: 
April 10, 2012

Research Projects to Study Water Quality Effects on Public Health

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University of Michigan
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University of Michigan to co-sponsor studies focusing on gold mining in Ghana and stomach cancer in Peru

The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Health are co-sponsoring two research projects addressing water quality impacts on public health, one in Ghana and the other in Peru.

Each of the projects, which are called integrated assessments, will receive $350,000 over the next three years.

Publication Date: 
April 3, 2012
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IBWA Issues Statement on New York Times Article on Fluoridated Water & Cavities

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International Bottled Water Assn.
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Article claimed drinking bottled water can contribute to tooth decay

The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) issued the following statement regarding a March 6 New York Times article concerning recent increases in children’s cavity rates:

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March 14, 2012
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Protecting Health With POU

The global need for point-of-use (POU) drinking water treatment products with microbiological reduction or purification claims has grown in recent years. The proliferation of these products is evident in developing countries such as Brazil, China, India and Mexico, where water quality is of concern to the general population.

Because microbial reduction or purification is a significant health claim, the efficacy of these products’ performance is paramount for consumer protection.  

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POU systems meet global standards for microbial reduction

About The Author: 

Frank A. Brigano, Ph.D., is vice president, technology, for KX Technologies LLC. Brigano can be reached at fbrigano@kxtech.com or 203.764.2506.

Awilda Candelaria, B.S., is microbiological technician II for KX Technologies LLC.

Carol DeLandra, B.S., is manager, R&D laboratories, for KX Technologies LLC.

Meedia Kareem, M.S., is senior research microbiologist for KX Technologies LLC.

Publication Date: 
February 24, 2012
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February 24, 2012
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Solving the Puzzle

Like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, regulations for drinking water products must be understood and put together correctly to find a solution and see the entire regulatory picture. Unfortunately, the pieces can be difficult to assemble.

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Certification programs help navigate complex international standards

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Laura Moorman is business unit manager for the NSF Intl. Passport Program. Moorman can be reached at lmoorman@nsf.org.

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February 24, 2012
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February 24, 2012
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23234

Pump & Play

Finding potable water can be a difficult task for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. South African nongovernmental organization Roundabout Water Solutions (RWSSA) found an innovative method for communities to pump and store clean drinking water: playground equipment that doubles as a pumping apparatus. Raissa Rocha, editorial intern at Water Quality Products, recently checked in with Sandra Hayes, administrative and donor relations manager at RWSSA, to discuss the systems and the organization’s efforts.

Raissa Rocha: How do these systems work?

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Sandra Hayes is administrative and donor relations manager at Roundabout Water Solutions. Hayes can be reached at sandra.hayes@playpumps.co.za.

Raissa Rocha is an editorial intern with Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

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November 30, 2011
Activation Date: 
November 30, 2011
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