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WQA Offers Resources to Help Homeowners Learn About Chromium in their Water
To fight chromium, homeowners can find certified products and professionals

Lisle, Illinois USA The Water Quality Association (WQA), an Illinois- basednot-for-profit organization, is offering resources to help homeowners learn more about home-based products that have been independently tested to fight harmful chromium in their water. 

According to reports out of Palm Springs, California, drinking water tests exceeded California’s public health goal for hexavalent chromium in a local elementary school. This type of chromium is known to be harmful and can cause lung and nasal cancer, as well as nausea, ulcers, kidney and liver damage and other ill effects. In light of this report, concerned consumers are urged to learn more at WQA also offers a series of Technical Factsheets, which offer information about treating specific contaminants, including chromium.

“This report is one more piece of evidence to consumers that final barrier technology should be utilized to provide a sense of confidence for their families’ water,” said David Loveday, Government Affairs Director of WQA. WQA certifies reverse osmosis (RO) systems, filtration systems, and distillation systems that reduce hexavalent chromium. 

WQA’s Gold Seal Product Certification program provides product certification that utilizes a scientific method for consumers to ensure the effectiveness of the devices they purchase. WQA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to test and certify products following national standards. Those interested should visit, click on Find a Certified Product and search by contaminant: hexavalent chromium.

Consumers should also check with individual manufacturers to learn what specific reduction levels different products offer. By doing so, consumers can ensure that they are finding products that best serve their particular needs. Additionally, consumers can find locally certified dealers by visiting WQA’s Find A Water Professional feature. WQA certified professionals have gone through though rigorous study and testing.

For more information, contact WQA Government Affairs Director David Loveday or WQA Deputy Executive Director Pauli Undesser at 630-505-0160. 

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. To best serve consumers, industry members and government officials, WQA has an ongoing dialogue with other organizations representing all aspects of the water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

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