News Releases

WQA launches new crisis response blog

Sunday, September 3, 2017 :: 1550 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association has launched a new crisis response blog (response.wqa.org) on its website to assist members and the public with frequent updates about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the impact of severe flooding on water supplies.

Boil Water Alerts Following Hurricane Harvey

Thursday, August 31, 2017 :: 3371 Views :: Public Water Supply Contamination

Disasters, such as floods can gravely compromise public water systems. The conventional and highly appropriate response of municipalities, health departments, and other regulatory agencies in times of water emergencies is to notify all consumers to boil all water used for drinking or culinary purposes until bacteriological samples demonstrate that the water is safe, and/or until appropriate corrective actions have been completed.

5 things people affected by Hurricane Harvey should know about drinking water

Saturday, August 26, 2017 :: 6501 Views

The Water Quality Association today said that Hurricane Harvey 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. 

“This is a powerful hurricane and our concern is for anyone who may be caught in the path of Harvey or who will be returning to their homes once the storm has passed,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “Our main concern is for possible drinking water contamination.”

Water Quality Association applauds changes to Washington, D.C. Healthy Schools Act

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 :: 1504 Views

The Water Quality Association applauds the Council of the District of Columbia for recently amending the Healthy Schools Act of 2010 focusing on lead in schools and other public places. The new law requires public schools and public charter schools to locate all drinking water sources, install and maintain certified filters for reducing lead at all drinking water sources and to test all drinking water sources for lead annually.

WQA calls attention to phony door-to-door scams on Long Island, NY

Thursday, August 10, 2017 :: 1403 Views

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is calling attention to individuals claiming to be from WQA going door-to-door on Long Island, New York passing themselves off as water inspectors or offering to test a homeowner’s drinking water.

Growing awareness of water treatment methods, says national public opinion study

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 :: 2616 Views

Awareness of water treatment methods increased over the past two years among U.S. consumers, according to a national public opinion study, with 92 percent of respondents aware of in-pitcher or end-of-tap filters, up from 84 percent in 2015. The number of households that were aware of filters in refrigerators rose slightly, from 83 percent in 2015 to 84 percent this year.

WQA recommends testing, awareness after flooding

Monday, August 7, 2017 :: 1059 Views

The Water Quality Association today said that recent flooding in the New Orleans, Tulsa and Kansas City areas may pose a threat to drinking water for people affected by the storms, but that there are precautions that can be taken to protect residents in the affected areas.

Homeowner video captures apparent door-to-door scam in Houston, Texas

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 :: 7168 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is calling attention to individuals claiming to be from WQA going door-to-door in the Houston, Texas area, passing themselves off as water inspectors or offering to test a homeowner’s drinking water.

A consumer notified WQA of a solicitation and recorded the encounter on video.

WQA supports EWG’s Tap Water Database

Thursday, July 27, 2017 :: 1712 Views

The Water Quality Association supports the Environmental Working Group’s newly released Tap Water Database as a way for consumers to learn more about the kinds of contaminants that might be in their local drinking water. 

The database contains the results of tests from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from nearly 50,000 utilities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 2010 to 2015. Consumers can enter their zip code to learn more about the quality of their local drinking water.

WQA calls attention to phony door-to-door scams in Cicero

Thursday, July 13, 2017 :: 1599 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is calling attention to individuals claiming to be from WQA going door-to-door in the Cicero, Illinois area, passing themselves off as water inspectors or offering to test a homeowner’s drinking water.

WQA recommends testing, awareness after flooding

Thursday, July 13, 2017 :: 1702 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association said that recent flooding in northern Illinois may pose 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 recommends consumers review their community’s annual water quality report

Friday, July 7, 2017 :: 2155 Views

The Water Quality Association recommends homeowners review their community’s annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) which informs residents about the quality of their drinking water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) requires community water systems (those serving more than 25 people or 15 households) to issue a CCR every year by July 1st

Water Quality Association responds to report of lead in Nashville schools' drinking water

Friday, June 30, 2017 :: 1346 Views

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is offering a fact sheet to answer frequently asked questions about lead in drinking water in response to a new report of high levels of lead found in Nashville schools. WQA supports Tennessee House Bill 631 as well as federal legislation to require testing for lead in schools.

Concerns about household water quality increase, according to new national study

Thursday, June 29, 2017 :: 1311 Views

Concerns about water quality among Americans have increased over the past two years, according to a new national public opinion study, with a significant jump in the number of homeowners who expressed concern about possible health risks associated with tap water (29%) compared with just two years ago (12%).

Sherburn, Minnesota homeowners encouraged to make water softener adjustments in response to new water treatment facility

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 :: 1395 Views :: Consumer & Industry Awareness

The Water Quality Association (WQA) is encouraging homeowners in Sherburn, Minnesota to contact a water treatment provider to review their home’s current treatment system or water softener to make any necessary adjustments in response to a new water treatment facility that begins operating next month. 

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