NSF releases final reports on testing of arsenic treatment technologies

The center reports demonstrate a significant reduction of arsenic in drinking water. These tests were performed in small communities in three states in conjunction with Delta Industrial Services and the University of Alaska at Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska; Watts Premier and MWH in Thermal, Calif.; Kinetico Inc. and Alcan Chemicals with Gannett Fleming in Carroll Township, Pa.; and ADI International with Gannett Fleming in Sellersville, Pa...

ANN ARBOR, MI, Feb. 2, 2005 -- To ensure drinking water technologies are available for consumers to reduce exposure to arsenic, the not-for-profit NSF International today announced the release of four final verification reports through the EPA/NSF Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Drinking Water Systems (DWS) Center.

These new reports were produced to specify testing results of drinking water treatment technologies that help consumers avoid exposure to arsenic, which can increase cancer risk and cause other serious health problems.

"These reports are an important step in protecting the public from arsenic exposure," said Bruce Bartley, NSF's technical manager in the ETV DWS Center. "By providing consumers with proven results of product evaluations, these evaluation reports accelerate the implementation of new drinking water technologies into the marketplace."

The center reports demonstrate a significant reduction of arsenic in drinking water. These tests were performed in small communities in three states in conjunction with Delta Industrial Services and the University of Alaska at Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska; Watts Premier and MWH in Thermal, Calif.; Kinetico Inc. and Alcan Chemicals with Gannett Fleming in Carroll Township, Pa.; and ADI International with Gannett Fleming in Sellersville, Pa.

In 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new arsenic maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 micrograms per liter (µg/L). Since that time, public health officials throughout the United States have detected varying amounts of arsenic in many drinking water supplies, some well above EPA's new MCL. As of January 23, 2006, all public water systems will be required to comply with the 10 µg/L MCL.

With assistance through an EPA grant, NSF International entered into an agreement on October 1, 2000 with the EPA to form the ETV DWS Center. The ETV DWS Center is dedicated to providing independent performance evaluations of drinking water technologies and helping small communities comply with the 10 µg/L MCL.

The reports can be accessed at the following web pages:
-- Delta Industrial Services, Anchorage, Alaska Full Report:
www.nsf.org/business/drinking_water_systems_center/pdf/Delta_Report.pdf
-- Watts Premier, Thermal, California Full Report:
www.nsf.org/business/drinking_water_systems_center/pdf/Watts_Report.pdf
-- Kinetico, Inc. and Alcan Chemicals, Carroll Township, Pennsylvania Full Report:
www.nsf.org/business/drinking_water_systems_center/pdf/Kinetico-Alcan_ETV_Report.pdf
-- ADI International, Sellersville, Pennsylvania Full Report:
www.nsf.org/business/drinking_water_systems_center/pdf/ADI_Phase1_Report.pdf

"NSF expects the release of three additional reports on arsenic reduction technologies for drinking water in 2005," concluded Bartley.

About the ETV DWS Center
The ETV DWS Center, one of several ETV Centers dedicated to producing credible environmental performance data through the EPA's Office of Research and Development, performs voluntary verifications of commercially ready drinking water treatment systems including package plants, treatment modules and components. It focuses on water treatment technologies that benefit small communities by accelerating the introduction of new environmental technologies and by supplying equipment buyers and regulatory agencies with data on the performance of new technologies. The program also helps smaller communities comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

About NSF International
NSF International (www.nsf.org), an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, air and consumer goods. 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. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

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