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WQA responds to proposed Lead and Copper Rule revisions

Friday, October 11, 2019 :: 218 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association supports efforts toward a safer drinking water supply that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took Thursday in announcing proposed Lead and Copper Rule revisions. The proposal, the first major overhaul of the rule since 1991, seeks to improve how communities test for lead in drinking water and force quicker action when lead is detected.

WQA joining education efforts in Newark, NJ

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 :: 307 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association today is taking part in two public events in Newark, N.J., designed to address citizens’ concerns about lead in the city’s drinking water.  WQA staff, including Global Governmental Affairs Director David Loveday, will answer questions and provide resources during a health fair from 3 to 6 p.m. today on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Plaza.  WQA representatives will also attend a Town Hall meeting, The State of Water, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Consumer use of bottled water remains high, though health concerns are encouraging at-home water treatment

Monday, September 23, 2019 :: 454 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

A full 78% of the respondents to the 2019 WQA Consumer Opinion Study say they regularly consume bottled water, averaging 12 bottles daily per household. That amount, which includes water consumed when away from home, is similar to the number reported in the 2017 study.  Health concerns about the chemicals used to make the plastic bottles have encouraged 29% of respondents to consider alternatives such as a refrigerator filtration, under sink filtration or end-of-tap filtration. The study showed that almost half the households surveyed (45%) already have a refrigerator filter system at home, and 41% have a water filtration system.

WQA offers recommendations as Hurricane Dorian gains strength, shifts toward the Carolinas

Saturday, August 31, 2019 :: 261 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association warns that Hurricane Dorian poses a threat to drinking water for people along the Atlantic coast who will be affected by the storm, but precautions can be taken to protect residents.

WQA offers recommendations as Hurricane Dorian heads toward Florida’s Atlantic coast

Thursday, August 29, 2019 :: 321 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association warns that Hurricane Dorian, expected be a Category 3 storm before it hits the Atlantic coast Labor Day weekend, poses a threat to drinking water for people affected by the storm, but that there are precautions that can be taken to protect residents in the affected areas.

WQA supports EPA recommendations for Newark drinking water

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 :: 783 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association said today that it supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendation that residents of Newark, NJ, use bottled water until further testing can verify that the amount of lead in the water delivered to homes and businesses does not exceed the design and scope of water filtration products to effectively reduce lead to safe levels.


"Trend-setters" more likely to use in-home filtration, bottled water and water softeners

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 :: 969 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Younger “trend-setter” consumers are more likely than other groups to use bottled water (84%), in-home water filtration (45%), a refrigerator water filter (49%) and a water softener (28%) than other consumer groups, according to 2019 WQA Consumer Opinion Study. Nearly half (46%) of the adults responding to the study fit in this group, identified by researchers as being those who like to try new things, who buy the best of everything regardless of price, and who “always want to be the first at owning something new.”

WQA offers recommendations as Tropical Storm Barry aims for Louisiana coast

Thursday, July 11, 2019 :: 312 Views :: Public Water Supply Contamination

The Water Quality Association warns that Tropical Storm Barry  -- expected to hit the Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday, July 13 -- poses a threat to drinking water for people affected by the storm, but that there are precautions that can be taken to protect residents in the affected areas.

Mid-Year Leadership Conference registration is open

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 :: 922 Views :: Events

LISLE, Ill. –Keynotes from government leaders, water treatment industry updates, opportunities to share opinions in committee meetings or a town hall, and fun events to benefit the Water Quality Research Foundation are among the events planned for the Water Quality Association’s Mid-Year Leadership Conference Sept. 9-11 in San Antonio, Texas.  Registration is open now at the event’s new website, wqa.org/mylc.

WQA recommends review of annual Consumer Confidence Report

Monday, July 1, 2019 :: 1078 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association recommends homeowners review theirmunicipality’s annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), available online or in the mail, to learn important information about their drinking water quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires community water systems serving more than 25 people or 15 households to issue a CCR every year by July 1. 

WQRF funds predicting modeling study beginning July 1

Monday, July 1, 2019 :: 291 Views :: Water Quality Research Foundation

Two researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be studying ways of determining an area’s risk for future drinking water crises and how water quality technology can alleviate those risks in a study funded by the Water Quality Research Foundation Board. The “Predictive Modeling of U.S. Drinking Water Emergencies” study by Drs. Yin Wang and Junhong Chen will begin July 1, 2019, and is expected to run through 2020.


Well water users more likely to consider in-home filtration a necessity

Thursday, June 20, 2019 :: 759 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

Americans whose households rely on well water are far less concerned about the quality of their water supply than those using municipal water, according to the 2019 WQA Consumer Opinion Study.  The study also shows more well water drinkers consider in-home water filtration a necessity rather than a luxury.

WQRF OKs research project concepts

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 :: 450 Views :: Water Quality Research Foundation

The Water Quality Research Foundation has approved two new research project concepts to begin request for proposal (RFP) development.  Task Forces will be recruited in the coming months for each of the two new concepts, with their first task to develop an RFP and then vet the proposals received. The RFP development and proposal vetting takes approximately six to 12 months, depending on the project’s complexity. The WQRF Board of Directors then will give final approval for the research to move forward with researcher as recommended by the task force.

WQRF-funded research demonstrates cost benefits of in-home filtration

Friday, June 14, 2019 :: 342 Views :: Water Quality Research Foundation

Water Quality Research Foundation-funded study showing the economic benefits of using point-of-use devices to reduce health risks in drinking water has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

WQA offers nitrate resources

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 :: 757 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Consumers concerned over a new report linking nitrate levels in the nation’s drinking water with cancer can have their water tested by a certified laboratory and use products independently certified to remove or reduce levels of nitrates as a final barrier solution, according to the Water Quality Association.

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