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Water Quality Association responds to USGS report on corrosive groundwater

For Immediate Release - July 13, 2016
Contact: David Loveday, Government Affairs Director
(630)929-2537, dloveday@wqa.org

Homeowners should consider additional testing, water filtration

The Water Quality Association (WQA) today responded to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that found that groundwater in 25 states and the District of Columbia has a high potential for being naturally corrosive.

“This is further evidence that homeowners who rely on well water should get their water tested to determine if additional filtration is needed at the point of water entry into their home,” said David Loveday, Director of Government Affairs at WQA. “The USGS’s report underscores that if pipes in a home contain lead or copper, corrosive water can cause these metals to leach into that home’s water supply.”

The USGS said that as many as 24 million people rely wells in the states with a high potential for corrosive groundwater. The USGS recommended homeowners reach out to water treatment experts to determine what steps can be taken to insure their drinking water is safe.

“In addition to getting your well water tested, we recommend homeowners consider using a water filter,” Loveday said. “Past USGS studies have shown that nearly one in five water samples from public, private and monitoring wells in the United States contain concentrations of at least one trace element, such as arsenic and uranium.”

Several different types of water filters have been certified by WQA’s Gold Seal program for reducing lead in drinking water, such as pour-through pitcher/carafes, faucet mounts, countertop filters connected to a sink faucet or filters attached to the point of entry into a home. Many of these are available at local retailers.

Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying water treatment point-of-entry and point-of-use (at the tap or whole house treatment) 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). WQA has a searchable database of all product certification listings: (https://www.wqa.org/Find-Products#/).

Accurate testing requires the expertise of a certified water-testing laboratory. Homeowners may check with the Water Quality Association at www.wqa.org to find a water quality professional or connect with a certified testing lab through the U.S. EPA, which can be found at: (http://water.epa.gov/scitech/drinkingwater/labcert/statecertification.cfm).