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Awards recognize dedication to industry
NSF Intl. announced that the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) has awarded it the Scientific Achievement Award for its years of research and work to develop standards for clean drinking water. NSF's Dann Holmes, business development manager for water systems, also received the Peter Warshaw Award, recognizing his dedication to the society and profession.
The Scientific Achievement Award recognizes NSF's commitment to clean drinking water in the U.S. and around the globe. NSF led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these standards. Today, most major plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipe and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings.
In a continuing effort to improve drinking water safety and quality, NSF also has continued to develop additional standards to help filter manufacturers create systems that reduce contaminants in drinking water, such as specific pesticides, industrial chemical residue, personal care products and pharmaceuticals. Last year, a group of NSF scientists, in conjunction with EPA and the city of Toledo, Ohio, conducted research into ways to test for and reduce dangerous toxins such as microcystin in drinking water. Legionella also has been an area of study and research in an effort to improve water quality in buildings.
The Peter Warshaw Award presented to Dann Holmes is given to an individual who is dedicated to the tenets of the society and who is strongly involved with ASPE membership and educating the industry. Holmes has served on many ASPE committees and has provided presentations to inspectors and engineers on plumbing and mechanical codes, especially regarding changes in codes and standards.
“Both NSF Intl. and Dann Holmes are leaders in the industry, and we would not be where we are today without the passion that Dann brings to the table and NSF Intl.’s commitment to water quality. It was an honor to present these awards to a very deserving organization and to Dann, as we appreciate his unwavering commitment to the society,” said ASPE President Mitch Clemente, CPD, FASPE.
“This ASPE honor exemplifies NSF Intl.’s commitment to improving global drinking water via both our continued research and development of standards. We are equally proud of Dann Holmes for receiving the Peter Warshaw Award due to his commitment to drinking water quality and public health, which he demonstrates every day though his leadership, work ethic and service to the society and the profession,” said Clif McLellan, vice president of water systems for NSF.