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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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Earth Day 2017

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is marking Earth Day with a reminder of the first-of-its kind sustainability certification for water treatment products. WQA’s Sustainability Certification Mark is a symbol that represents achievement in the field of sustainability. “Earth Day is an important day each year when we are focused on doing the right thing for […]

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Latest amendments to California AB746 – Drinking Water Protection

AMENDED  IN  ASSEMBLY  APRIL 18, 2017 AMENDED  IN  ASSEMBLY  MARCH 30, 2017 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION ASSEMBLY BILL No. 746 Introduced by Assembly Members Gonzalez Fletcher, McCarty, and Rubio February 15, 2017 An act to add Section 116277 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.   AB 746, as amended, Gonzalez Fletcher. Public health: potable water: lead testing: schoolsites and campuses. Existing law, […]

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LEED addenda for April 2017

The LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction and LEED v4 for Building Operations and Maintenance reference guides were updated to clarify guidance for group and campus projects.

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Are you ready to do Commercial Work?

You don’t need to do everything to be a success in our industry, but what you do should be done well. Don’t allow yourself to feel pressured to dive into the C&I market just because your competitors have. Study and analyze the risks and benefits as well as the impact it will have on your company before you over-commit yourself. It’s quite OK to gracefully withdraw and defer to a more knowledgeable/experienced colleague if you become uncomfortable during the initial discovery process.

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The Right Tool for the Job

There are many salt-free devices for sale, using various approaches like magnetism, radio frequency, ultrasonics, pressure modulation, heat modulation, organic acids, mono/bi/trimetallic reactions, phosphate compounds, chelating agents, and various iterations of media-assisted crystallization. Some do not work at all, but I have seen salt-free scale control options in the marketplace that actually work well under certain chemical and operational conditions in reducing and even preventing hard water scale accumulation. My frustration with most salt-free vendors is the lack of consistent, repeatable, verifiable data on where, when and why these technologies will perform or not perform.

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