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Contact: Wes Bleed
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WQA observes Imagine a Day Without Water

"The quality of our drinking water is tied to the quality of our lives."

LISLE, Illinois -The Water Quality Association is joining elected officials, drinking water and wastewater providers, community leaders, business and labor groups, policy experts, advocacy organizations and infrastructure experts participating in Imagine a Day Without Water on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

The observance is an effort to educate the public about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing the United States. Organized by the Value of Water Coalition, hundreds of organizations across the country will participate in events aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment to ensure that no community in America is left without water.

“We believe it’s absolutely critical to call attention to the need for clean drinking water across the country,” said WQA Deputy Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “The quality of our drinking water is tied to the quality of our lives. We cannot afford to cut corners when it comes to funding solutions for our public water systems."

The lead crisis in Flint, MI, earlier this year brought nationwide attention to the lead issue in public water supplies. In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey reported in June that groundwater in 25 states and the District of Columbia has a high potential for being naturally corrosive.

The problems that the country’s drinking water and wastewater systems face are multi-faceted. Each community faces distinct challenges and will require locally-crafted solutions to solve their biggest water problems. Imagine A Day Without Water tells their stories, as well as the stories of innovative solutions to our nation’s water challenges, so that no one ever has to experience another day without water. More information is available at imagineadaywithoutwater.org.

WQA recommends that homeowners, schools and businesses have their drinking water tested through a certified water-testing laboratory. Water treatment professionals and certified water treatment products can be found on the WQA website at www.wqa.org. Products displaying WQA’s Gold Seal have been thoroughly tested and meet the requirements of the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) for their contaminant reduction claims.

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial 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).