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AWT 2017 Annual Convention and Exposition

Join us at AWT’s 2017 Annual Convention and Exposition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 13-16! Experience a dynamic program featuring networking opportunities, evening receptions, an exhibition walk-through, and educational sessions, including these focused on Legionella

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California sets new limit for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP)

Most TCP contamination stems from the extensive application of pesticides containing TCP that were manufactured by Shell Oil and Dow Chemical Company prior to the 1990s. Despite the companies’ knowledge of the health risks, they failed to remove the ingredient from their products or notify farmers and communities of the known health risks.

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In memoriam: Warren Mueller – Houston, TX

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of WARREN MUELLER of Mueller Water Conditioning, Inc. of Houston, Texas.  According to the family Warren passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Warren Mueller.

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NSF 444 – A new standard to minimize biological contamination in buildings

Global public health organization NSF International and ASHRAE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) dedicated to protecting public health by establishing safe management practices for building water systems. These systems include cooling towers, air conditioning units for large buildings, hot tubs, large complex water systems (in hotels, hospitals, cruise ships and institutions) and decorative […]

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Door-to-door scams in Fresno, CA

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is calling attention to individuals claiming to be from WQA distributing door hangers in the Fresno area, claiming that local water is contaminated and implying that mandatory water tests are required.

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California strikes down Chrome VI (Cr6) regulation

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is expected to complete sometime this year its 5-year review of the Public Health Goal for Cr6. The PHG is currently set at 0.02 ppb. That review was initiated late in 2016, with an abundance of new scientific research about health effects of Cr6. The most recent publicized activity on this was OEHHA’s extension of the comment period for this review until December 13, 2016.

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Nearly a third of Americans have had some sort of water problem in the last year

J.D. Power released the 2017 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, which reports that nearly one-third (32%) of residential customers reported some type of water quality problem in the past year. Among the specific problems reported, low pressure, bad taste, discoloration and scaling/water hardness had the most significant negative effects on customer satisfaction. “There is […]

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Potassium Permanganate in City Water – is it safe?

Potassium permanganate (KMNo4) is a powerful oxidizer. Municipalities and private users are able to use it effectively as part of a comprehensive water quality improvement process. Sometimes, things don’t work out as expected…

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Beware door-to-door scams

The Water Quality Association does not solicit door-to-door, period

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Amazon revises refrigerator filter policy

Amazon had said that it would stop selling products that were not certified as a system as of May 10th. After much discussion with WQA, Amazon has revised its position for certain filters.

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