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AWWA Comment Period on ANSI/AWWA B453-13 Standard for Polyacrylamide

The AWWA Standards Council has approved revisions to this standard for public comment. The publication of this information on the AWWA website begins the 30-day AWWA comment period for action on standards by the Standards Council. Purchase a review copy during the comment period for $20 each.

AWWA Comment Period is now closed. Review copies are no longer available.

Send comments to: 
Steve Posavec
303.347.6175 phone
303.795.7603 fax

The review copy will be edited for publication and may also be revised as appropriate based on any comments received during the public comment period. Therefore, this copy is not suitable for continued utilization and is intended only for comment purposes.

Final publication of the standard may take several months. When it is available, a notice will be published in the official notice section of Journal – American Water Works Association. The standard becomes an effective AWWA standard on the first day of the month following such publication in Journal – American Water Works Association.

This standard describes polyacrylamide (PAM) for use in the treatment of potable water, wastewater, and reclaimed water.

Major changes made to the standard in this edition include the following:
1. Requirement that suppliers provide product technical data sheets along with MSDSs.
2. Requirement that product technical data sheets contain specific information.
3. Introduction of a limit for ethoxylated nonyl phenols in PAMs, which have been used in emulsion form PAMs.
4. Clarification of aggregating the applied dosages of multiple applications of PAM polymers in a single water treatment plant in order to determine whether the Maximum Use limit has been exceeded.
5. Improved guidance on establishing purchasing specifications.
6. Inclusion of a requirement for compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and other federal regulations
7. Inclusion of a requirement for tamper-evident packaging (Sec. 6.2.1 and 6.2.2)