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Watts Premier, a subsidiary of Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced that is has completed Microbial Contamination testing under the EPA Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program.
Through this ETV testing, the Watts Premier line of reverse osmosis systems demonstrated the bacteria removal of 97.4% to 99.9999996% and virus osmosis to 99.9999%. The higher level of reduction were achieved when the reverse osmosis systems were installed and running for 25 days prior to challenging the unit with water contaminants.
"Based upon these results, the use of these devices would significantly reduce the risk of exposure to water borne bacteria and virus in the event there is a contamination incident within the municipal or private water distribution system," commented Bob Maisner, Vice President of Retail Sales. "This physical removal of microbial contamination agents is in addition to the NSF Certified reduction capabilities of these reverse osmosis systems including, Arsenic, Lead, Perchlorate, and Cysts."
The goal of the EPA ETV program is to further environmental protection by accelerating the acceptance and use of the improved and cost-effective technologies. As part of the national Homeland Security efforts, NSF through its ETV program has developed a test/QA plan for evaluating point of use drinking water treatment systems for removal of biological contamination agents.
The verifications serve to inform the public of the possible avenues they can pursue in order to provide personal protection against biological contamination agents afforded to them by the use of verified systems. This is accomplished by evaluating the reduction on risk of potential exposure to biological agents in drinking water treated by the tested systems in comparison to drinking water directly from public water supply systems.