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WQA responds to proposed Lead and Copper Rule revisions

Friday, October 11, 2019 :: 1179 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 recommends review of annual Consumer Confidence Report

Monday, July 1, 2019 :: 1351 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. 

WQA offers nitrate resources

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 :: 944 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.

Rep. Upton honored with WQA Champion award

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 :: 1125 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has been honored with the Water Quality Association Champion award for his support of water-related legislation. The award was presented during the annual WQA Fly-In, a series of strategic meetings on Capitol Hill March 5 and 6 that included the Water Resources Congressional Summit, hosted by WQA in conjunction with the Irrigation Association and the National Groundwater Association.

Rep. Kildee honored as WQA Champion

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 :: 1213 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Lisle, Ill. – (March 5, 2019) U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) has been honored with the Water Quality Association’s Champion Award for his support of water-related legislation, particularly his work in forming a bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force. 

WQA supports EPA PFAS plan

Thursday, February 14, 2019 :: 1403 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taking steps toward setting a safety threshold for highly toxic drinking water contaminants known as PFAS. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Thursday outlined a plan that addresses drinking water and cleanup concerns as well as monitoring of PFAS, expanding research and improving enforcement.

WQA plans DC Fly-In March 5 & 6

Thursday, January 31, 2019 :: 1460 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Water Quality Association members and staff will gather in Washington, D.C., March 5 and 6 for the annual DC Fly-In, a series of strategic meetings on Capitol Hill. For the third consecutive year, WQA is partnering with the Irrigation Association and the National Groundwater Association for a Water Resources Congressional Summit during the Fly-In, so all three associations can hear from Congressional staff and regulators involved with water and the environment.

WQA supports further study of PFAS health risk, in-building treatment

Thursday, September 6, 2018 :: 1792 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

A letter from the Water Quality Association statement supporting further study of human health risks of water contaminants known as PFAS and urging support for point-of-use/point-of-entry treatment technologies to combat them will be introduced into testimony today (Sept. 6) before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

WQA offers consumer information during Washington, D.C., Boil Water Notice

Friday, July 13, 2018 :: 1084 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Thousands of residents and businesses in a major portion of Washington, D.C., are being advised today to boil their water before drinking or cooking with it after a possibility of contamination occurred Thursday night.  The Water Quality Association (WQA) offers suggestions andinformation for consumers in the wake of this appropriate response to a temporary health emergency.

The boil water advisory, affecting large parts of Northwest and Northeast D.C., is expected to last into Saturday or Sunday, DC Water said Friday. Complete information is available at the utility’s website.


WQA takes part in national discussion on PFAS contamination

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 :: 1811 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Two representatives of the Water Quality Association (WQA)participated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency PFAS National Leadership Summit May 22 and 23, which ended with the hope that the EPA can have a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Management Plan ready by the end of the year.  PFAS are man-made chemicals found in such things as firefighting foams and stain-resistant, waterproof and nonstick coatings. More than 3,000 PFAS are used in the global marketplace; they are released into the environment through manufacturing, use, and PFAS-containing wastes.

WQA offers resources for consumers concerned about lead in drinking water

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 :: 2293 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association reminds consumers that they can learn more about the threat of lead in their drinking water through free materials available on the association’s website, 

Studies indicate that nearly all the lead in drinking water comes not from the primary water source or the municipal treatment plant but as a result of corrosion of lead-containing materials carrying the water from the plant. Lead can enter the home drinking water by leaching from lead service connections, from lead solder used in copper piping, and from brass fixtures.

WQA to take part in EPA's National Leadership Summit on PFAS

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 :: 1621 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Two representatives of the Water Quality Association (WQA) have been invited to a National Leadership Summit convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  PFAS, such as PFOA and PFOS, are chemicals not found naturally in the environment but used in many products because of stain-resistant, waterproof and non-stick properties.

WQA applauds continued funding for WaterSense

Friday, March 23, 2018 :: 1272 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association today announced its support for the latest budget package in Washington that preserves funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program.



WQA members head to Washington for DC Fly-In

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 :: 2148 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

Members and staff of the Water Quality Association (WQA) participated in a two-day visit to Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6-7, 2018. The message from the delegation emphasized WQA’s support for common-sense solutions to infrastructure issues while emphasizing the need for funding for Point-of-Use (POU) and Point-of-Entry (POE) technology in water related legislation.

Water Quality Association displays “Report IP Theft” button to battle counterfeit water filters

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 :: 2235 Views :: Government & Regulatory Affairs

The Water Quality Association is calling attention to the growing problem of counterfeit water filters by joining forces with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). WQA now displays the “Report IP Theft” button and its link to the IPR Center as tool to report IP theft and trade law violations while also serving as a deterrent to anyone contemplating brand infringement.

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