NSF International to highlight emerging water, climate change issues at international conference in India

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• Experts educate companies on new ways to address water scarcity

NEW DELHI, India, Jan. 21, 2010 -- NSF International, a leading developer of drinking water and sustainability standards, will be speaking on climate change and water conservation at the upcoming Aquatech India show in February. NSF International works to develop standards that improve water quality for varying onsite water reuse applications.

WHAT: The first ever Aquatech India show will bring together over 200 exhibitors and feature speakers that cover important topics in water treatment such as water conservation, preventing contamination, and climate change.

WHY: The economy of India is growing rapidly, with a combined annual growth rate of more than 10 percent. All economic activity is based on the supply and quality of water, which could be disrupted by climate change. NSF International's Malcolm Fox will speak about the effects of climate change on water resources and Tom Bruursema will give an update on current water reuse technologies and standards, both important to addressing water scarcity issues.

• Malcolm Fox, climate change expert and Director of NSF International's Sustainability Programs, will give an overview of how climate change will affect regulatory costs, technological innovation, and the availability of clean water.

Fox has over 20 years of experience in environmental management and governance programs for major manufacturers and global supply chains. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences on environmental and water resource matters. Fox was recently appointed to Director of NSF International's sustainability services after previously serving as Vice President of Trucost North America, a leading environmental data provider. Fox played a key role in the NSF International/Trucost alliance, where he managed the integration of Trucost's environmental footprinting capabilities into NSF International's existing portfolio of sustainability services.

• Tom Bruursema, drinking water treatment expert and General Manager of NSF International's Drinking Water Treatment Units Certification program, will provide an overview of public health standards that NSF International has been developing for the evaluation of onsite reuse treatment technologies for graywater, blackwater, rainwater, and storm water.

Bruursema is a drinking water and wastewater treatment expert with over 24 years of experience in product certification and professional accreditation within domestic and international markets. Bruursema is an Honorary Member of the Water Quality Association (WQA) and currently serves as Chair of the WQA International Standards and Regulations Task Force.

• Bruursema will be speaking Thursday, February 4th from 4:00 to 5:30 PM during session six.
• Fox will be speaking on Friday, February 5th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM during session seven.
• The two-day conference will run from Wednesday, February 3rd to Friday, February 5th, 2010.

WHERE: The Pragati Maidan Exhibition Center, Hall No. 18, Gate 7, is located in the heart of New Delhi, India. Click here for details.

To schedule an interview with Malcolm Fox, Tom Bruursema or for more information about NSF International's water and sustainability programs, please contact Greta Houlahan at houlahan@nsf.org or visit NSF's Web site.

About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. NSF helps promote water conservation by developing standards for onsite water reuse technologies.

NSF's sustainable business solutions include carbon footprinting, greenhouse gas verification, as well as standards development and certification for sustainable products. In 2008, NSF International and Trucost Plc formed a global partnership to provide new environmental measurement, management and reporting products and services by combining Trucost's database and environmental profiling model with NSF's environmental certification, verification and auditing services. NSF also offers green chemistry testing and certification, as well as standards development and product certification for carpet, flooring, and commercial building products. Additional NSF services include education and training, safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, and organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International.


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