Water quality industry updates distilled into what matters.
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Happy New Year from IAPMO R&T Water Systems! I hope 2020 has started off on a positive foot for everyone. 2019 was a year full of growth and many changes for us here in the Water Systems group at IAPMO, and we're excited to continue building off that momentum in the coming year.

As we continue to grow, we want to make sure that we're providing you, our client, with the most pertinent industry information to help you be successful. As such, we have created this newsletter, Filtered Media, which we will be sending out monthly. Our goal is not to inundate you with more information to sift through, but rather to save you time by providing the most important information condensed into a single e-mail. As our tagline states, we hope to provide you with water quality industry updates distilled into what matters.

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Ryan Prince
Director of Product Certification – Water Systems
Featured Standard
ASSE 1087-2018
Performance Requirement for Commercial and Food Service Water Treatment Equipment Utilizing Drinking Water

The application of this standard includes commercial water treatment equipment used in point-of-entry (POE) and point-of-use (POU) applications connected to building plumbing to improve the water quality characteristics of potable water. This standard includes testing requirements for components and complete systems. This standard covers all water treatment products that are connected to the building’s potable water plumbing system. This standard is not intended to cover water treatment products used for process water or wastewater applications. Examples of water treatment equipment include deionizers, filters, softeners, reverse osmosis assemblies, ultraviolet systems, ozone systems, and distillers.

Tests verifying claims regarding changes to water chemistry, microbiology, and aesthetics (i.e. smell, taste, appearance, etc.) are not included in this standard. Devices may claim such performance via other standards or test protocols.
Similar to other ASSE standards, the 1087 standard includes minimum performance tests that focus on public health and product safety, such as:

  • Service Flow Rate and Pressure Drop – Testing to verify flow rate and pressure drop characteristics to assist with installation sizing requirements.
  • Backsiphonage – Products that operated via self-regeneration have integrated backflow protection to ensure the regenerant cannot enter the potable water. 
  • 24-hour Pressure Loss – To ensure that the device’s seals, joints, and connections continue to maintain the static working pressure.
  • Pressure Shock (Water Hammer) – To determine if the device, when subjected to a pressure of two times the manufacturer’s maximum rated working pressure, withstands the shock wave produced in downstream piping.
  • Structural Integrity - Hydrostatic – This test is performed to ensure the system or component will be able to withstand peak pressures found in a plumbing system when assembled into a complete water treatment system.
  • Structural Integrity - Cycle Test – This test is performed to ensure the system or component will be able to withstand repeated pressure cycling.
  • Material Safety – To ensure products connected to a potable water supply will not add contaminants to the drinking water above safe levels.
  • Marking – to provide guidance to uses on temperature and pressure limitations and to distinguish between products approved for use on potable water vs process water.
IAPMO R&T Water Systems is internally partnered with ASSE International to develop new water treatment and water systems standards. Look to Filtered Media and www.asse-plumbing.org for information on opportunities to participate. Feel free to contact us if you have a targeted need to create agreement between inspectors, owners, and engineers on product performance.
Standards to Know
IAPMO IGC 322-2018
Alkaline Water – Drinking Water Treatment Units

This standard covers alkaline water drinking water treatment devices intended for use in residential, commercial and food service applications and specifies requirements for materials, performance tests and markings. Devices covered by this standard increase alkalinity in potable water using a continuous flow type electrolytic water generator.

ASSE 1086-2020
Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Efficiency – Drinking Water

This standard will help high efficiency systems be recognized so that water-conscious homeowners, jurisdictions, and plumbing system designers can easily recognize and select these products and be assured that the membranes will not foul prematurely.

ASSE 1086 is currently at ballot with the ASSE International Product Standards Committee.

Working Groups Forming
The following standards are in the process of forming working groups. For more information, or to request to join any of the working groups, please contact Conrad Jahrling at conrad.jahrling@asse-plumbing.org .

  • ASSE 1094, Performance Requirements for Point-of-Entry Reverse Osmosis Systems (ASSE LEC 2006)
  • ASSE 1095, Performance Requirements for Alternate Water Source Systems for Multi-Family Residential and Commercial Use (IAPMO IGC 324)
We're Hiring
The IAPMO R&T Water Systems team is recruiting for an additional Product Review Engineer. If you know someone who may be interested, please have them contact Jessica.Maldonado@iapmo.org for more information.
Government Updates
PFAS Bill Coming to House Floor in First Half of January

A bill to address the contamination of “forever chemicals” across the U.S. will get a House vote in January, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said late this week. The bill (H.R. 535) would address per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on a variety of fronts, including designating the persistent chemicals as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act—or Superfund law—and regulate the substances in drinking water. The House will also vote on a bill to ban asbestos (H.R. 1603). House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Dec. 13 that he intended to bring the bill to the floor in January.

Source: Bloomberg Environment

Massachusetts Issues Draft Rules on PFAS Levels

Massachusetts has issued draft rules to limit PFAS levels in drinking water, recommending the combined limit should be 20 parts per trillion. Currently federal guidelines limit those levels to 70 parts per trillion. The regulations will opened for public comment on Dec. 27. The plan also allocates $24 million to help communities test for and remove PFAS chemicals.

Source: Maine CDC
EPA Would Get $9 Billion Budget for This Fiscal Year

The EPA would get $9.06 billion in the current fiscal year ending next September under a spending bill that Congress approved this week. The agency would receive $208 million more in fiscal 2020 than the current $8.8 billion budget. That’s nearly $3 billion more than President Donald Trump’s budget request, but less than the $9.53 billion offered in the House bill that passed the chamber in June. It’s similar to the levels in the Senate-passed bill. This would mark the EPA’s largest budget since fiscal 2010, when provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus bill, boosted the agency’s budget to nearly $10.3 billion. It would set aside $43 million in additional funding to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including $20 million for state-led remediation efforts of PFAS contamination, as well as $1.13 billion for the drinking water state revolving funds, and $1.64 billion for the clean water state revolving funds. Those funds offer low-interest loans to states to build and fix infrastructure. The bill also would provide the EPA with $26 million for lead contamination testing at schools and child care centers, $20 million for lead reduction projects in rural areas, and $25 million for water projects to bring communities in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Source: Bloomberg Environment
PFAS Study Delay

A multimillion-dollar federal study on toxic chemicals in drinking water across the country is facing delays because of a dispute within the Trump administration. The dispute has implications for more than half a dozen communities where drinking water has been heavily contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Concerns about the chemicals have exploded nationally in recent years, following decades of PFAS use in products including non-stick cookware, water-resistant clothing, food packaging, carpets and military firefighting foams. Scientists say significant delays could limit the effectiveness of the study.

Source: USA Today
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PFAS and Water Quality

The dawn of PFAS awareness is upon us! It is hard to have a discussion on water quality here in Washington, D.C. or in any other state capital without the threats posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and what should be done ...

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Filtered Media is a free newsletter published by IAPMO R&T Water Systems. Its mission is to keep manufacturers of water quality products informed about the latest updates in the industry, including new contaminants, regulatory items, updates to codes and standards, requirements from individual sellers, and other pertinent industry information.