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Water Quality Association offers school administrators guide for dealing with lead in drinking water

Select appropriate water treatment products designed to remove lead

LISLE, Illinois – The Water Quality Association today released a guide for school administrators to help them with the process of keeping their drinking water safe for children. “What school administrators need to know about lead in drinking water” is available for download from the WQA website (

“We wanted to make sure administrators had some basic guidelines and recommendations to follow for assessing the quality of their drinking water,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “We highly recommend officials conduct thorough tests in accordance with their state’s laws or guidelines and determine if specific water treatment is required.”

Older schools present the biggest challenge because lead pipe and solder were used in many of the local plumbing codes until 1986. Water can meet acceptable standards when it leaves a municipal water treatment facility, but can become exposed to lead as it passes through an aging infrastructure.

“Our guide discusses Point-of-Use and Point-of-Entry products,” said Undesser. “But we stress selecting appropriate water treatment devices designed to remove lead. Selection of the proper treatment method should be made only after a careful review of the product’s claims.” 

WQA recommends determining performance capabilities based on test results from a certified lab, and then, if necessary, using products that have been certified. Visit WQA’s product certification listings to search WQA’s database of certified products. Water treatment professionals can be found using WQA's Find Water Treatment Providers tool.

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products 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).