November 2003
Volume 45 Number 11
 

Pipelines: State Association Untangles Website to Avoid Confusion
by Ronald Y. Pérez, WC&P Managing Editor   Pages: 

As reported in the September issue of The Flowmeter, the Colorado Water Quality Association’s (CWQA) newsletter, the association has redesigned its website, www.cwqa.org. Visitors are reminded to use the “.org” suffix as the “.com” suffix will direct them to the Canadian Water Quality Association website. The revamped Colorado WQA site includes:

* Information about the objectives of the CWQA including legislative news,
* Helpful tips for the water industry professional as well as the customer. The site also directs visitors to CWQA members in their area,
* Member categories include “retail and dealer” and “wholesale and supplier,”
* Members can add their own websites for a fee,
* Past and future convention and seminars’ information,
* Forms and applications for membership,
* Links to the American Water Works Association, the Better Business Bureau, the USEPA, NSF International, the Water Quality Association and Underwriters Laboratories,
* Table of contents for easy searching, and
* Opportunity to provide online feedback and CWQA contact information.

Speaking of the Canadian WQA, it has launched a brand new online discussion forum for consumers of water treatment products and professionals in the water treatment industry. Located at www.cwqa.com or www. cwqa.com/html/forum/index.php, the forum is a medium for obtaining answers on water treatment problems and methods of treatment; information sharing, and industry announcements. The forum went live on Aug. 29, 2003. The focus of this forum will be the water quality improvement industry. Users of the moderated forum will be required to register a user name and password to participate in online discussions. It’s anticipated that timely discussion topics and polls will be posted on occasion to encourage discussion of issues as well as debate. For more information, visit www.cwqa.com and click “Message Board” or email: wrigley-thomas@cwqa

WQA’s director of product certification Tom Palkon, CWS-VI, was quoted in an article titled “Filtering Your Water” in the August issue of Martha Stewart Living. The story was located in the “Healthy Living” section of the publication, which has a circulation of 2.3 million in the United States and Canada.

The California Bottled Water Association (CBWA) has an upgraded website: www.cbwa. info. According to Jay Andres, first vice president of CBWA, the new version of the site should have been up and running by mid-September.

The USEPA Assistant Administrator for Water G. Tracy Mehan III said the agency has taken a step toward further protecting the nation’s drinking water and wastewater systems from terrorist acts by forming a new Water Security Division. This division will continue the work undertaken by the Water Protection Task Force that the USEPA established in October 2001. To date, the original task force has supported numerous activities to improve security of drinking water and wastewater utilities. Accomplishments that the new division will enhance include:

* Awarding $51 million in grants directly to large drinking water systems to assist compliance with the requirements of the “Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002.” Out of 466 total systems, 464 have submitted vulnerability assessments to the USEPA.
* Awarding over $30 million in grants to the states, tribes and non-profit organizations to provide tools, training and technical assistance to small and medium drinking water systems as well as wastewater utilities on vulnerability assessments and related security work.
* Supporting the establishment of the WaterISAC, a secure information system that shares up-to-date threat and incident information between the intelligence community and the water sector.
* Developing and implementing a comprehensive research plan to address water security needs along with the USEPA’s Office of Research and Development.

For more information on water security, see www.epa.gov/safewater/security/

In late September, the National Research Council Standing Committee on Building and Plumbing Services in Toronto unanimously adopted a Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) proposal that would limit the maximum temperature of hot water supplied by fittings to fixtures in residential occupancy to 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). If accepted as an interim change, it could be implemented by the middle of next year.

For further details or updates on these and other state and regional items of related interest, see Breaking News at www.wcponline.com