The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that a certification process can help protect the public’s health, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has endorsed it.
But the certification process itself is an expensive, time-consuming, and expensive-to-do process.
The government requires that water utilities, including public water utilities (PEWs), obtain certification for water treatment.PEW certification is not required for private utility customers.
That’s because the process is voluntary.
But the certification requirements are meant to protect consumers from unsafe drinking water, and public utilities and their customers are not required to follow them.
The process for obtaining a water filtration certification is straightforward.
The first step is to obtain a water utility’s drinking water quality certificate.
This is a certification issued by the National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI) and a division of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The NCEI certifies water filters that provide drinking water for public and private water systems.
The NCEIS certifies filterers that use “water purification technology that does not remove contaminants that are found in drinking water or in surface water,” including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, viruses and microorganisms.
Pew certification is mandatory for private water utilities.
The certification process is also voluntary, and there are no additional costs to obtaining it.
The NIST, which is responsible for issuing drinking water certification, has said the certification is a “very important” tool to protect public health.
It recommends that utilities seek certification by contacting the NCEIA and/or the NIST directly.
Pellegrini, the lead water expert for the EPA, said the government should make it easier for utilities to obtain certification, so they don’t have to rely on PEWs and other non-certifying organizations to do it.
He said it is also a good idea to let customers decide for themselves whether they want to be certified.
“A lot of this is really a technical decision that the utilities should make on their own, but also to let consumers decide,” Pellegrinis said.PELLEGRINI: The water purification certification process for private utilities is a very important tool to protecting public health and to make sure that the public has access to safe drinking water.
That can be done through a process that is voluntary and involves independent, third-party sources.
[SOURCE: EPA: Public Health Effects of High Lead in Drinking Water, January 2018, DOI: 10.4088/peps.2017.0101.]
The NISET, which also serves as the regulatory agency for the U!s water supply, has recommended that the certification of filters be easier for consumers to obtain.
The NIST says that certification requires only that the filterer meet certain standards, such as being able to treat at least 50 parts per million (ppm) of lead in drinking or surface water, or 10 parts per billion (ppb).
The process is not as time-intensive as it sounds.
It’s a three-step process.
A utility has to submit a copy of the water filtrate to the NIS, which then reviews the certification and provides recommendations on what filtors to recommend.
The agency then issues a certificate, which allows the filter to be used in drinking-water treatment systems.PEGGY RAYBOROUGH, a water engineer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said she believes the certification system is an important way to keep public water systems safe, and that consumers should have more control over the quality of their drinking water from filtrers.
“The certification process helps keep public drinking water sources safe,” said Rayborrough, who is also the associate director of the National Resource Center on Public Health and Environment.
“It’s a very good idea for the utilities to work with independent, private entities to determine what filters to use and to allow customers to choose between them.”PEGPHIRROUGH: It’s very important to have the choice and the flexibility of having filtriers that are able to provide water filts that are safe and are appropriate for their uses.
The industry needs to have a lot more input into that process.
[Source: EPA to propose new rules to protect drinking water source, May 2017, DOI and photo credit: AP Images.]
The certification system can be very expensive, and it is very time-sensitive.
It takes three to four months for a certification to be issued by an independent water utility.
Pellegrinis said the process can take as long as four years to be completed, and some filtenders will only accept new certification after the water has been treated for at least two years.PEDESTRATING SERVICES: The certification of the filters for public water treatment is not mandatory.
But many filtowers are required to have their filtrelles certified.
The filtress has