Drinking Water Treatment Units - Emerging Compounds / Incidental Contaminants
|Publication Date:||5 September 2019|
The point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) systems addressed by this Standard are designed to be used for the reduction of specific substances that may be present in drinking water (public or private), considered to be microbiologically safe, and of known quality. Systems covered under this Standard are intended to reduce substances that are at very low, yet measurable concentrations, but not at definitive concentrations of known health concern. These substances may be soluble or particulate in nature, but their presence, even at very low concentrations, may influence public acceptance / perception of the drinking water quality. The systems addressed by this Standard are not intended for reducing these specific substances at higher concentrations that may have a known acute or chronic health effect. It is recognized that a system may be effective in reducing one or more of the emerging compounds / incidental contaminants listed in this Standard, but systems are not required to control all. Systems with manufacturer claims that include components or functions covered under other NSF or NSF/ANSI Standards or criteria shall conform to the applicable requirements therein. Systems covered by this Standard are not intended to be used with drinking water that is microbiologically unsafe or of unknown quality without adequate disinfection before or after the system.
NOTE - Systems that are compliant with NSF/ANSI 55 Class A or other standards that cover technologies to treat microbiologically unsafe water (e.g., US EPA Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers, or NSF P231) are examples of demonstrating adequate disinfection before or after the system.
It is the purpose of this Standard to establish minimum requirements for materials, design and construction, and performance of drinking water treatment systems that are designed to reduce specific emerging compounds / incidental contaminants in public or private water supplies, such as pharmaceutical, personal care products, and endocrine disrupting compounds. This Standard also specifies the minimum product literature and labeling information that a manufacturer shall supply to authorized representatives and system owners as well as the minimum service-related obligations that the manufacturer shall extend to system owners.