WQA Recognizes Earth Day and Invites Water Treatment Professionals to Show Congress Affordable Water Treatment Options
– Friday, April 22nd, marks National Earth Day, bringing awareness to the environmental conditions impacting our nation’s water supply. With water contamination concerns headlining the news across the country, water treatment professionals representing a variety of companies visited Congressional offices this week to urge members of Congress to support feasible treatment options for drinking water.
The water treatment professionals traveled to Washington, D.C. as delegates of the Water Quality Association (WQA). “When water leaves a municipal treatment facility, it meets all the guidelines of the Safe Drinking Water Act. But, because water travels a long distance to reach a home or business, the water coming out of the faucet may not. The potential for contaminants to make their way into the water after treatment is very real,” said Pauli Undesser, WQA deputy executive director. “Before a water crisis occurs, we should be encouraging people to have their water tested and educate people on how to find appropriate certified water treatment systems.”
Arising from the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Senate bill 2535 requires a state that has primary enforcement to provide a short-term remedy for lead, including bottled water or water treatment systems (e.g. faucet filter) no more than seven days after a public notice has been released.
Since 1959, the WQA Product Certification Program has been certifying point-of-entry and point-of-use (at the tap or whole house treatment) water treatment systems that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Product Certification Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). View the ANSI listing webpage and certificate for accredited certification programs.
How do I find a certified professional?
Certified water treatment professionals are individuals who have completed a voluntary credentialing process through WQA's Professional Certification Program. To become a WQA certified professional, the candidate must pass a comprehensive examination and accept WQA's Code of Ethics for the Water Quality Improvement Industry. To find a water treatment professional (WQA member) in your area, please visit the link below and search by your location: http://www.wqa.org/Find‐Providers
To find certified water professionals who have completed WQA’s professional certification program, please visit this link and search by your state click here.
How does WQA certify water filtration products?
ANSI provides accreditation for product certification programs to ensure the marketplace can gain confidence for their activities. In addition, Eco-labeling/Sustainability Certification Programs are also accredited.
Certification is the reliable way an industry helps direct consumers to products that most effectively do what they’re looking for. WQA has a searchable database of all product certification listings: https://www.wqa.org/Find-Products#/
The process for certification includes:
- Performance Testing: The product will undergo rigorous testing to ensure compliance with the standard to which it is being certified.
- Literature Review: The product’s installation manual, performance data sheet, and data label will be evaluated for specific requirements set forth by standard guidelines.
- Facility Audit: Facility audits will be conducted on an annual basis. The production of certified products will be evaluated to ensure that the systems being marketed are the same systems that were tested and certified. These audits also maintain consistent communication between the WQA and the applicant company throughout the certification period.
- Certification: Once the product has completed performance testing, the file will be reviewed and a decision on certification will be made. If all sections of the standard have been achieved, certificates will be issued. Upon certification, a product is required to bear the WQA Gold Seal. Confirmation of certification can be found on the WQA website.
Filters Certified to Reduce Lead
Several different types of water filters have been certified by WQA Product Certification Program for reducing lead in drinking water:
Filters Certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 Reduction Claims for Drinking Water Treatment Systems:
- Pour-through pitcher/carafe: water drips through a filter in a water pitcher using gravity
- Faucet-mount: Mounts on kitchen faucet. Uses diverter to direct water through a filter
- Counter-top connected to sink faucet: Connects to existing sink faucet through a hose/tubing.
- Plumbed-in to separate tap or to kitchen sink: Installs under a sink; filtered water is usually dispensed through a separate faucet directly to the kitchen sink.
Filters Certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 58 Reduction Claims for Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Treatment Systems:
- Reverse Osmosis (RO): Connects to your plumbing under the sink and uses a membrane filter to reduce lead (also can reduce minerals/Total Dissolved Solids)
Look for the WQA mark to ensure the filter or cartridge you are buying is certified. The packaging must indicate the product is certified to NSF/ANSI standard 53 or NSF/ANSI standard 58 for lead claim to be sure it reduces lead.
WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. To best serve consumers, industry members and government officials, WQA has an ongoing dialogue with other organizations representing all aspects of the 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).
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