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Water Quality Association
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WQA and NSF International Agree to Collaborate on Policy and Research

Advancement of science, safety and water quality among top priorities

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association (WQA) and NSF International (NSF) have agreed to form a professional collaboration in an effort to benefit members, customers and global consumers, the two organizations have announced.

“We believe this makes strategic sense for both of our organizations,” said WQA President Don McGhee. “This new partnership allows us to pursue our shared goals of advancing science, safety, public health and water quality.”

WQA and NSF have agreed to work together primarily in the areas of standards development, government affairs and research.

“NSF International has been developing standards and certifying products for more than 70 years. We will utilize this knowledge along with our scientific and technical expertise to help protect and improve human health as it relates to the world drinking water supply,” said Clif McLellan, NSF International’s Vice President of Global Water Systems.

Concerns about water quality are multifaceted and can include contaminants from pollutants to aging infrastructure, which can be solved through research and use of new technology. Working within the drinking water industry, the two organizations can help address these and other issues by conducting scientific research, informing government and developing new standards to improve the quality of drinking water for citizens around the world.

Both WQA and NSF have several online resources available for consumers who would like to learn more about their drinking water at WQA.org and NSF.org

The Water Quality Association is a not-for-profit international trade association for the residential, commercial and industrial water treatment industry with more than 2,500 company members worldwide, including equipment manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and distributors. WQA is a resource and information source, a voice for the industry, an educator of professionals, and laboratory for product testing.

The WQA Gold Seal Product Certification Program, offers a scientific method to assure the safety and efficacy of the devices consumers are purchasing. We provide an independent seal of approval on a variety of drinking water treatment products, which is only awarded after rigorous laboratory tests, literature review and materials assessment have been completed.

The WQA Professional Certification and Training Program also provides education to professionals. Dedicated to upholding high standards of performance that make sure consumers have confidence in the people providing and servicing the treatment solutions, WQA’s Professional Certification Program is one of a kind. As a result, thousands of certified professionals work every day in homes and businesses throughout the nation.

NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 165 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

The NSF Water Division certifies products that come into contact with drinking water, such as plumbing components, water treatment chemicals and drinking water filters, as well as pool and spa equipment and chemicals. NSF led the development of the American National Standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water to help protect public health and the environment and minimize adverse health effects. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, most plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings.

www.wqa.org

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