WQA marks National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Association offers resources on website to help consumers combat threat
LISLE, Ill. (October 18, 2018) – The Water Quality Association is marking National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) Oct. 21-27 by providing consumers with easily accessible information about the threat of lead in their drinking water and how to take steps to combat it.
NLPPW calls together individuals, organizations, industry and state and local governments to help increase lead awareness by using their efforts and collaborations to reduce childhood exposure to lead. The special week -- sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- focuses on several sources of lead poisoning, including drinking water and lead paint in the home.
Lead poisoning can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, hearing and speech problems and learning and behavior problems.
“Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable, and it’s up to all of us to be proactive about eliminating this health threat,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “Although communities across the nation are looking to replace their lead water service lines to lessen the threat of lead in drinking water, we can help consumers address their concerns during the lead line replacement process.”
Drinking water that meets federal guidelines for safety when it leaves the treatment facility travels through miles of pipes and fixtures on its way to your home, and lead can leach from lead service connections, from lead solder used in copper piping, and from brass fixtures.
Home water treatment products are considered the preferred method for lead removal. However, devices and systems currently on the market may differ widely in their effectiveness in treating specific contaminants, and performance may vary from application to application. Selection of a particular device or system for health contaminant reduction should be made only after careful investigation of its performance capabilities based on results from competent equipment validation testing for the specific contaminant to be reduced.
On WQA’s website, consumers can access Frequently Asked Questions about lead or download a fact sheet. School administrators can download information to help them keep lead out of school drinking water. Consumers can search for products found effective at reducing lead in the drinking water supply.
WQA offers training and certification for professionals who can conduct testing and recommend appropriate remedies for specific contamination issues. WQA tests products for effectiveness, offering Gold Seal certification to those who meet independently established standards. To find a local water treatment professional or certified professional who can help choose the most effective products, visit wqa.org.
WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977. The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
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