2016 was a year of great achievements for Waterco, but one of the highlights was when the company’s Micron horizontal commercial filter range achieved NSF/ANSI Standard 50 certification – a testament to their quality and durability. They are the largest fibreglass horizontal filters on the market to achieve this certification, which enables them to be used in high flow waterparks across the United States.
“This is an outstanding achievement – for a number of reasons,” says Bryan Goh, Waterco group marketing director.
“It demonstrates our commitment to environmental conservation and public health, by reinforcing that these filters meet the requisite criteria to ensure the materials do not contribute harmful contaminants to the water. Not only that, it proves our filters are corrosion resistant, which is another key criterion. They’re manufactured from the highest grade of non-corrosive materials and are designed and built for many years of trouble-free operation.”
NSF/ANSI Standard 50 is the American National Standard for swimming pool equipment, spas, hot tubs and other recreational facilities including filters and filter media, pumps, valves, water circulation devices, hose, piping, fittings, pool alarms, pool covers, chemical generation and feeding systems, and advanced water treatment and oxidation technologies, such as ozone and ultraviolet (UV) systems. Most state and local pool codes for commercial, waterparks, splash pads, municipal, hotel, motel, apartment, and condominium require compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 50.
“NSF certification also provides peace of mind for our commercial customers – builders, specifiers, installers – that our commercial filters comply with the appropriate NSF Standard. This is a pre-requisite for many operators and, indeed, for commercial tenders,” says Goh. “Thus we believe this will help open up the US market for our range of commercial filters, particularly the horizontal models. It’s hugely beneficial in the US, as it means our filters only have to meet one set of requirements instead of a wide array of requirements that may vary by locality.”
NSF is accredited as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and as a certification organization by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for numerous product standards.
As part of the stringent NSF criteria, filters must meet structural durability requirements that includes design burst pressure testing, hydrostatic pressure testing and assessment of filtration performance.