ETV International Forum rates a success; program collaborates with DOD

The EPA's ETV International Forum drew nearly 200 participants representing 15 countries in attendance. Meanwhile, the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center begins work with DOD and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to test a water treatment system designed to help provide water to areas with brackish or saltwater as their primary water source...

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 3, 2005 (ETVoice) -- The ETV International Forum, held July 13-14, in the nation's capital, was rated an unqualified success with nearly 200 participants representing 15 countries in attendance.

In addition to highlighting the importance of environmental technology verification in the global marketplace, participants gained a better understanding of how the various existing and developing verification programs operate and a new basis from which these programs can begin to work together in the future.

The forum resulted in a number of opportunities for further discussion and potential follow-up collaboration, including: possible co-verification of technologies of mutual interest, joint or collaborative verification protocol development, and development of a workgroup to address establishment of international standards for verification. In general, forum participants from around the world expressed interest in meeting and working together in the future regarding technology verification.

Participants also preliminarily discussed the possibility of holding the next international verification meeting in March 2006 in Vancouver, Canada.

ETV collaborates with DOD for water treatment system testing
In other news, the ETV Drinking Water Systems Center, operated in cooperation with NSF International, is forming collaborations with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to test a water treatment system designed to help provide water to areas with brackish or saltwater as their primary water source.

This collaboration marks the first ETV verification testing of a desalinization water treatment system. Areas benefitting from this type of treatment technology may include the southwest United States, ocean coastal regions, and areas of scarce water supplies.

NSF will oversee verification testing of DoD's Expeditionary Unit Water Purification (EUWP) by the Bureau of Reclamation. For more information, please contact Bruce Bartley, NSF, at (734) 769-5148 or bartley@nsf.org.

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