NSF Certifies First Water Purifier

New NSF Protocol Eases Public Concerns about Contaminants in Drinking Water

ANN ARBOR, Mich –NSF International (NSF) today unveiled a new protocol that establishes product safety and performance requirements for microbiological water purifiers. After meeting stringent NSF requirements, the Pall/Kinetico Purefecta™ is the first product to become certified under NSF Protocol P231: Microbiological Water Purifiers, which is based on recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for testing microbiological water purifiers.

As part of its ongoing efforts to certify products and develop standards that help protect water, NSF developed P231 requirements to help address consumers’ concerns about contaminants in drinking water. This protocol is designed to:

Test the capacity of a purifier to treat a contaminated public water supply or for emergency situations,
Act as a product selection guide for consumers,
Assist in the research and development of microbiological treatment units for possible military applications, and
Confirm a product's ability to reduce several forms of microorganisms from drinking water, including bacteria, viruses such as rotavirus and protozoan cysts, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
NSF protocol criteria was reviewed by a panel of experts including representatives from the U.S. Army, EPA, Department of Health and Welfare of Canada and the University of Arizona – Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

NSF Certified Products like the Purefecta™ allow consumers to protect their families against potentially harmful microorganisms in their drinking water resulting from a waterborne disease outbreak. In 1999 and 2000, there were a total of 39 outbreaks involving drinking water in 25 states, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is more than double the 17 outbreaks reported in 1997-98.” www.philly.com/mld/philly/living/health/4573915.htm

“With a new cutting-edge product, such as Purefecta™, we insist on thorough third-party testing,” says Rod Yoder, Standards and Regulatory Compliance Manager. “NSF accomplished this by developing P231 and testing Purefecta™. There is not another purifier on the market that has had such extensive microbiological testing as Purefecta™ and having the NSF Mark on our product verifies this to consumers.”

NSF currently is implementing a national brand awareness campaign, Live safer™, which helps consumers understand the importance of the NSF Mark, a symbol of quality and assurance that a product has been tested and certified against stringent standards.

“Many products manufactured by Kinetico bear the NSF Mark as they are already certified against NSF/ANSI Drinking Water Standards 42, 44, 53, 58 and 61,” says Tom Bruursema, General Manager, Drinking Water Treatment Units. “By receiving certification to Protocol P231, Kinetico continues to set high standards in product quality and performance for the point-of-use and point-of-entry drinking water treatment industry.”

Kinetico Incorporated, headquartered in Newbury, Ohio, is a leading manufacturer of water treatment systems (www.kinetico.com). Since 1970, Kinetico has prided itself on creating unique water treatment systems that serve customers in an expanding variety of residential, commercial, industrial and municipal applications. Pall Corporation (www.pall.com), headquartered in East Hills, NY, is a leader in the rapidly growing fields of filtration, separations and purification. Pall’s business is organized around two broad markets: Life Sciences and Industrial.

NSF International, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, is the leading global provider of public health and safety risk management solutions in the areas of food, water, indoor air and the environment. NSF provides product certification and safety audits for the food and water industries. Other services include management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education. Founded in 1944, NSF is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan and serves companies in 80 countries. For more information on NSF, visit www.nsf.org.

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