||Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO.; Scherger Associates, Ann Arbor, MI.; NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI.; National Risk Management Research Lab., Cincinnati, OH.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program to facilitate the deployment of innovative or improved environmental technologies through performance verification and dissemination of information. The goal of the ETV Program is to further environmental protection by accelerating the acceptance and use of improved and more cost-effective technologies. ETV seeks to achieve this goal by providing high-quality, peer-reviewed data on technology performance to those involved in the design, distribution, permitting, purchase, and use of environmental technologies. ETV works in partnership with recognized standards and testing organizations; with stakeholder groups consisting of buyers, vendor organizations, and permitters; and with the full participation of individual technology developers. The program evaluates the performance of innovative technologies by developing test plans responsive to the needs of stakeholders, conducting field demonstrations, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing peer-reviewed reports. All evaluations are conducted in accordance with rigorous quality assurance protocols to ensure that data of known and adequate quality are generated and that the results are defensible. The EPA has partnered with NSF International (NSF) under the ETV Drinking Water Systems (DWS) Center to verify the performance of small drinking water systems that serve small communities. A goal of verification testing is to enhance and facilitate the acceptance of small drinking water treatment equipment by state drinking water regulatory officials and consulting engineers, while reducing the need for testing of equipment at each location where the equipments use is contemplated. NSF meets this goal by working with manufacturers and NSF-qualified Field Testing Organizations (FTO) to conduct verification testing under the approved protocols. It is important to note that verification of the equipment does not mean the equipment is certified by NSF or accepted by EPA. Rather, it recognizes that the performance of the equipment has been determined and verified by these organizations for those conditions tested by the FTO. The DWS Center evaluated the performance of the Village Marine Tec. Generation 1 Expeditionary Unit Water Purifier (EUWP). The EUWP, developed for the U.S. Military, uses ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) to produce drinking water from a variety of sources. This document provides the verification test results for the EUWP system using secondary wastewater effluent from the Gallup, New Mexico wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) as the source water for the test.