EPA's Model Program For Onsite Wastewater Systems Incorporates NSF International's Wastewater Standards To Help Manage Water Quality In Chesapeake Bay
NSF International’s American National Standards for wastewater evaluate the ability of wastewater treatment technologies to protect surface and groundwater
To further protect surface and ground water quality, the
The model program is part of the EPA’s collaboration with state and local partners to reduce nitrogen releases from onsite treatment systems. The model program will help enable an executive order that President Obama signed in 2009 recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calling on the government to protect and restore the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed.
“We support EPA’s move to further protect our nation’s water supply as it aligns with NSF International’s commitment to protect and improve environmental health,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF’s Sustainability Division. “EPA’s model program for improving our nation’s onsite wastewater infrastructure references NSF International’s American National Standards (ANSI) wastewater standards as the basis to evaluate the proper selection, use and management of onsite, decentralized treatment systems.”
According to the EPA, about 20 percent of
For the past 40 years, NSF International has helped to address this issue, developing 12 American National Standards for drinking water and wastewater treatment to assess a system’s ability to remove contaminants. This includes NSF/ANSI Standard 245: Wastewater Treatment Systems – Nitrogen Reduction, which establishes performance test requirements for residential wastewater treatment systems designed to provide nitrogen reduction, and NSF/ANSI Standard 360: Field Performance Verification that establishes consistent site selection, sampling, lab analysis and data evaluation methods for obtaining field performance results for onsite wastewater treatment systems.
Both NSF standards referenced in EPA’s model program evaluate systems sized between 400-1500 gallons per day and require compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 40: Residential Wastewater Treatment Systems. This standard establishes base performance criteria for residential treatment systems required by most
NSF International has supported all stakeholders, including the onsite wastewater treatment industry, government agencies and consumers with third-party product testing and certification to consensus-based NSF American National Standards. Systems bearing the NSF Certification Mark have demonstrated product performance and reliability to national standards, as well as widespread acceptance of innovative water treatment technologies.
NSF International continues to expand its water and environmental expertise through its sustainability division. NSF also has developed a standard and certification program for residential and commercial onsite water reuse treatment systems to ensure systems properly treat graywater and combined wastewater. For more information, visit nsf.org/info/wastewater.
About NSF International
NSF International (nsf.org) has been testing and certifying products for safety, health and the environment since 1944. As an independent public health and safety organization, NSF’s mission is to protect human health and the environment through standards development, auditing, testing and certification for the food, water, build/construction, retail, consumer products, chemical and health science industries. NSF International has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments and operates in more than 150 countries. NSF also has a long history in onsite wastewater treatment, spanning the past 40 years. Collectively, NSF's services deliver confidence to consumers, assurance of performance to public health officials, and market access for product manufacturers in the onsite wastewater treatment industry.
NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. NSF also founded the
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