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

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


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


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

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

[email protected] .

US Enviornmental Protection Agency