Eclox Rural Water Association Helps Assure Water Security Statewide with Rapid Response Water Test Kit

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Courtesy of De Nora Water Technologies

The ability to rapidly monitor the quality of U.S. source water for contamination has never been more important than it is in today’s security-sensitive environment. The Delaware Rural Water Association (DRWA), located in Milford, Del., is a non-profit trade organization, one of 47 state affiliate members of the National Rural Water Association. The mission of the DRWA is to improve the quality of utility services for rural Delaware while protecting the state’s natural resources. The organization’s volunteer board of directors includes water operators, town managers and supervisors from 27 municipalities throughout the state.

With the passage of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act in 2002, all community water systems serving populations greater than 3,300 people were required to conduct vulnerability assessments, certify completion, and provide a written report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Act requires that all emergency response plans, at a minimum, must include plans, procedures and identification of equipment that can be used in the event of an intentional attack on a water treatment system. In addition, actions, procedures and identification of equipment that can lessen the impact of such an attack must also be included in the assessment.

In September 2003, the State of Delaware -- in an effort to help state water utilities comply with the new federal regulations – applied for a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase a Severn Trent EcloxTM
Rapid Response Water Test Kit for use by the DRWA.  Compact and weighing less than 20 pounds, the kit uses chemiluminescence to measure the amount of light generated when a water sample is combined with EcloxTM reagents. This enhanced chemiluminescence reaction produces light in direct proportion to the quality of the sample and is used to determine the relative toxicity of the water.

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