NSF/EPA ETV Drinking Water Systems Center Holds First Successful Stakeholder Meeting

June 13, 2001

NSF International, The Public Health and Safety Co., and the U.S.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a two-day stakeholder meeting on


June 4 and 5 to discuss scope, mission and public comments on the function of


the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Drinking Water Systems Center.


NSF is the world leader in food, water and environment-related certification


and education services for public health and safety issues. This was the


first meeting of the stakeholder committee since NSF was designated as the


Center for ETV Drinking Water Systems Verification.

On October 1, 2000, NSF International entered into a cooperative agreement


with the EPA to form the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center. The purpose of


the Center is to provide independent performance evaluations of drinking water


technologies. The Center develops protocols for technology verification,


manages verifications, provides project quality assurance and issues final


verification reports.

The ETV Drinking Water Systems Center Stakeholder Committee consists of


industry leaders, including manufacturers, trade associations, state drinking


water administrators, water utilities, consultants, engineers and various


water testing organizations. The committee reviewed the ETV Drinking Water


Systems Center's progress to date and discussed public comments on the


Center's goals and missions. The committee charged NSF to focus its efforts


on technologies that will support the needs of small water systems. It was


also suggested that verifications be targeted on technologies which deal with


current concerns such as arsenic, Cryptosporidium and the pending surface


water treatment rule.

"We are very pleased with the results of the meeting," said Gordon Bellen,


Vice President of Federal Programs for NSF. "The support from the States is a


clear indication we are on the right track. The protocols and test reports


have clearly made a contribution to the acceptance of drinking water


technology."

NSF International, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to


improving public health, safety and protection of the environment. A global


leader in standards development and product certification, NSF tests and


certifies more than 130,000 products worldwide and continually develops new


programs in response to public and environmental issues. NSF offers a broad


range of services, including accredited food equipment certification;


comprehensive food safety and quality systems auditing; HACCP-9000(R)


registration and verification; certification for water distribution systems;


certification for dietary supplements, bakery products and nonfood compounds;


management systems registration; and toxicology consulting. NSF also provides


learning opportunities through its Center for Public Health Education.

NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food Safety


and Drinking Water Safety and Treatment. Founded in 1944, NSF is


headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, with offices and laboratories around the


world.

For more information on the EPA-funded ETV Drinking Water Treatment


Systems Center, contact Bruce Bartley, Manager, at 734-769-5148 or


Bartley@nsf.org .

Source:

US Enviornmental Protection Agency

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