NSF and MDEQ Discuss Collaboration on Key Water Quality and Sustainability Projects

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Global public health and safety organization NSF International hosted eight members of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) including DEQ Director Dan Wyant earlier this month.  The meeting highlighted NSF’s and MDEQ’s collaborative water quality and sustainability initiatives and included a tour of NSF International’s chemistry, engineering, microbiology, pool and drinking water laboratories.

The MDEQ promotes wise management of Michigan’s air, land and water resources to support a sustainable environment and vibrant economy, which aligns with NSF International’s mission of protecting and improving public health.  The MDEQ regulates public water supply systems and relies on NSF American National Drinking Water Standards specifically NSF/ANSI Standard 60: Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals – Health Effects and NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects to help fulfill this mission via testing products that treat or come in contact with drinking water.  

“The eve of National Drinking Water Week seemed like the perfect time to connect with NSF International, recognize the great work they do and explore ways we can collaborate,” said DEQ Director Dan Wyant. “NSF International’s consensus-based standards are a key to DEQ’s permitting and regulatory programs, which work to protect public health. We are proud they remain a Michigan-based organization even as they have expanded to bring their work worldwide.” 

Dan Wyant (DEQ Director) kicked off the meeting and discussed ways NSF and MDEQ work together.  Stan Hazan (NSF International Sr. Director of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs) provided an overview of NSF and its global initiatives and Clif McLellan (Vice President of NSF’s Global Water Division) discussed NSF’s water programs, which cover testing, certification and auditing for drinking water treatment, municipal water components and chemicals, pools/spa equipment, and plumbing fixtures and fittings.  Additionally, Tom Bruursema (General Manager of NSF’s Sustainability Division) highlighted the capabilities and work of NSF’s environmental programs, sustainability standards, water reuse, wastewater treatment and ballast water initiatives. 

“We are honored to have Mr. Wyant and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality team visit NSF International and discuss important topics such as emerging contaminants in drinking water and future initiatives such as continuing to enhance the state’s water infrastructure, sustainability efforts and economic development,” said McLellan.  “We look forward to having them back in the near future.”

NSF International works closely with the MDEQ and membership organization such as the American Water Works Association to provide ongoing training and development opportunities in the areas of drinking water safety, specifically lead and arsenic reduction, wastewater and environmental stewardship.  For the past 45 years, NSF International, with help from these organizations, has developed more than 25 American National Standards for drinking water, wastewater treatment and sustainability.  Additionally, NSF has supported the onsite wastewater treatment industry, government agencies, and consumers with third-party product testing and certification to consensus-based NSF American National Standards.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with Tom Bruursema, Stan Hazan or Clif McLellan contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or media@nsf.org.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 155 countries, NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF’s global water services include testing, certification and auditing for municipal water treatment components and chemicals, plastic piping systems, plumbing fixtures and fittings, point-of-use and point-of-entry water systems and filters. NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains.

Additional NSF services include Education and Training, food safety and quality programs through the NSF Global Food Safety Division; and testing and certification programs for bottled water and beverages, dietary supplements and consumer product industries.