Fifteen contaminants covered by standard include drugs, herbicides, pesticides and chemicals
Amway’s eSpring water treatment system was the first recipient of NSF Intl.’s NSF/ANSI 401 certificate, a drinking water treatment standard that evaluates if water is rid of a specific set of 15 contaminants.
The new NSF/ANSI Standard 401 addresses the ability of a water treatment device to remove up to 15 additional potential contaminants from drinking water, including pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter medications, herbicides and pesticides. The eSpring system is also the first water treatment system to be certified to meet NSF/ANSI Standards 42, 53, 55B, and 401.
"This latest NSF certification is an independent verification of the eSpring brand's continued performance in effectively reducing even trace levels of contaminants in drinking water," said Mitchell Urbytes, director of global home brands for Amway. "It also provides our customers with a greater sense of confidence and trust – further evidence that they have made a smart choice for their home."
NSF/ANSI 401 was developed by members of NSF's Joint Committee on Drinking Water Treatment and Task Group on Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in cooperation with other industry, academic and regulatory experts to assure consumers of the performance of water treatment systems. A recent independent survey conducted on behalf of NSF indicated that 82% of Americans are concerned about pharmaceuticals and other contaminants in their drinking water, and the new standard seeks to provide them some measure of reassurance.
"While the industry isn't currently aware of negative health effects associated with trace levels of these contaminants, many consumers understandably want to have the highest quality drinking water possible for themselves and their family," said Rick Andrew, business development director for global water programs for NSF.
"The cutting-edge innovations of our talented scientists and engineers continue to raise the bar on industry standards for home water treatment systems," said Roy Kuennen, Ph.D., vice president of durables research and development for Amway. "We listen to, and understand, the concerns of our customers, and work diligently to provide them products that are the ideal balance of performance, ease of use and value."
The new standard sets requirements for water treatment and filtration devices that reduce up to 15 potential contaminants, which have been identified in published studies as occurring in drinking water.
- Meprobamate: a compound found in anti-anxiety drugs;
- Phenytoin: an anti-epileptic drug;
- Atenolol: a beta blocker drug;
- Carbamazepine: an anti-convulsant and mood-stabilizing drug;
- Trimethoprim: an antibiotic medication; and
- Estrone: a prescription birth control drug.
- Over-the-Counter Medications
- Ibuprofen: an over-the-counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication; and
- Naproxen: an over-the-counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication.
- Herbicides & Pesticides
- DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide): a pesticide and common active ingredient in insect repellents;
- Metolachlor: an organic compound that is widely used as an herbicide; and
- Linuron: an herbicide often used in the control of grasses and weeds;
- TCEP (tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine): a chemical compound used as a flame retardant, plasticizer and viscosity regulator in various types of polymers including polyurethanes, polyester resins and polyacrylates;
- TCPP (Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate): a chemical compound used as a flame retardant;
- BPA (Bisphenol A): a chemical compound used as a plasticizer; and
- Nonyl phenol: a collection of compounds often used as a precursor to commercial detergents.