Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1007.
A New Standard for Emerging Contaminants
This week, NSF Intl. announced that it has developed a new standard for water treatment devices that target emerging contaminants. NSF/ANSI 401: Drinking Water Treatment Units – Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants covers 15 individual contaminants that include prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbicides, pesticides and more (a full list is available on NSF’s website). These are contaminants that, although not public health concerns, have been found in trace amounts in some water supplies.
Emerging contaminants have been hitting the news more often in recent years, and the public has taken notice – according to an independent survey done on behalf of NSF, 63% of people said they were concerned about pharmaceuticals and other substances in their water supplies. This new standard will help consumers in determining which water treatment technologies are right for them – and assist dealers in recommending treatment systems that will assuage customers’ water worries.
What are your thoughts on the new standard? Have your customers expressed concerns about emerging contaminants? Let us know in the comments below, or send us an e-mail at [email protected].