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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Recreational Boating to Water Conservation

New York, Jul 24, 2014

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Recreational Boating
Water sports and recreational boating are staples of summertime fun. According to the United States Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, there are more than 12 million recreational boating vessels registered in the U.S. Ensuring safety in the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of recreational boats is the mission of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer.

Three recent additions to ABYC’s family of American National Standards (ANS) provide guidelines for the selection, design, construction, and installation of various features that will aid in safe and enjoyable boating:

In addition to developing and updating safety standards for building and repairing boats, ABYC provides education, seminars, and workshops for the marine industry, as well as certification programs for marine technicians. ABYC’s membership includes boat builders and owners, surveyors, boatyards, insurance companies, law firms, trade associations, marinas, dealerships, government agencies, educational institutions, and equipment and accessory manufacturers.

Water Conservation
The U.S. population has doubled over the past 50 years, with water usage tripling. Currently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average American household uses over 300 gallons of water per day. Effective water efficiency strategies can save money and energy, protect the environment, reduce chemical and sewer usage, and improve storm-water management.

To aid utility providers in developing effective water conservation programs, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has published ANSI/AWWA G480-2013, Water Conservation Program Operation and Management. The new ANS describes the critical elements of establishing, implementing, and evaluating an effective water conservation program, and has the potential to impact all water users. ANSI/AWWA G480-2013 encompasses utility activities to improve water use on the supply side through distribution system management, and on the demand side through customer billing and education practices.

An ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, AWWA works to unite the entire water community to protect public health and welfare and provide safe, sufficient, and sustainable water for all. AWWA initiatives include advancing education, science, management, government policies, technology, and standards for the water industry.

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