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WQA marks National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Offers lead fact sheet on website to assist consumers

LISLE, ILLINOIS - The Water Quality Association (WQA) today marked National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by reminding consumers that they can learn more about the threat of lead in their drinking water by downloading a lead fact sheet from its website, wqa.org.

"We appreciate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to call attention to concerns around lead poisoning,” said WQA Deputy Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “We know that with the problems that occurred in Flint, Michigan, people wonder whether they might have a lead problem in their own home. We want to help them address those concerns."

Studies indicate that nearly all the lead in users’ tap water does not come from the primary water source or from the municipal treatment plant, but is a result of corrosion of lead containing materials that come in contact with water after leaving the treatment plant. Lead can enter a home's drinking water by leaching from lead service connections, from lead solder used in copper piping, and from brass fixtures. Lead pipes, fixtures, and solder are particularly common in homes built before 1986.

As a result, Point-of-Use or Point-of-Entry (POU/POE) products are considered to be the preferred method for lead removal. However, devices and systems currently on the market may differ widely in their effectiveness in treating specific contaminants, and performance may vary from application to application.

Therefore, selection of a particular device or system for health contaminant reduction should be made only after careful investigation of its performance capabilities based on results from competent equipment validation testing for the specific contaminant to be reduced.

The WQA Lead Fact Sheet is available for download at https://www.wqa.org/Portals/0/Technical/Technical%20Fact%20Sheets/2016_Lead.pdf.

WQA offers training and certification for professionals who can conduct testing and recommend appropriate remedies for specific contamination issues. WQA tests products for effectiveness, offering Gold Seal certification to those who meet independently established standards. To find a local water treatment professional or certified professional who can help choose the most effective products, visit wqa.org.

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).