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Water Quality Association Addresses Issues Affecting Water Quality in Mississippi
Lisle, Illinois –The Water Quality Association (WQA), an Illinois-based not-for-profit organization, is committed to addressing issues affecting water quality. We support the use of certified water treatment products for final barrier protection at the home as lead in drinking water continues to be a pressing issue in Jackson, Mississippi. WQA is a non-profit association, representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry, with over 2,500 members. We have technical staff and water treatment professionals ready to help.

WQA operates several programs to help provide education and resources to the public:

  • Consumer education through publications such as Water Treatment for Dummies;
  • Fact sheets on common contaminants to provide more technical content for researchers, industry professionals and public health officials;
  • Testing and certification of drinking water treatment products through an ANSI and SCC accredited Certification program, and on-site state of the art laboratory; and
  • Training and Professional Certification for Professionals in the Drinking Water Treatment Industry, with a searchable database to connect consumers to water treatment professionals in their area.

Here are frequently asked questions about lead answered by WQA’s technical team:

What are potential health effects from lead?
Lead poisoning often displays no outward symptoms; however, irritability, weight loss, vomiting, constipation, and stomach pain are possible signs to look for. Young children and pregnant women are at the greatest risk, even from short-term exposure. Reduced cognitive development and neurobehavioral deficits are associated with blood levels less than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) in children. Therefore, there is no safe level for lead to be present in the blood of children. Individuals will adsorb more lead if they have poor nutrition than those with better diets. For more information please visit the US Department of Health and Human Services website at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp13.pdf and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/blood_lead_levels.htm.

Where can I go to get my water tested?
Water testing should be done be a certified testing laboratory. WQA strongly recommends water testing be conducted at each point of use in accordance with appropriate sampling procedures. The water should be checked after a period of disuse before a specific water treatment product is selected. Water conditions can change, so the water should be tested both before a treatment product has been installed and at regular intervals following installation. Here is the list of Mississippi certified labs: http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,1112,188,32,html

How do I maintain a filter once it is installed?
Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and contact the manufacturer to confirm usage and capacity. To ensure the manufacturer can provide the most accurate recommendations, have water test results for lead on hand for review.

Where can I find a product certified for lead reduction?
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited entities offering product certification include: Water Quality Association’s Product Certification Program, NSF International, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and Underwriters Laboratory. All of these certifiers have product listings. To find WQA certified products for lead reduction, visit: https://www.wqa.org/Find-Products#/keyword/?claim=46.

Contact information for local professionals and manufacturers of certified products can also be found at wqa.org.