Jul 19, 2013

Equipment Helps Protect Against Nitrates in Water

New reports of contaminant point to need for "final barrier" protection

WQWA Final Barrier Nitrate Protection TExas

With news reports about possible spikes in nitrate levels in drinking water, residents can ensure protection with final barrier systems in the home, according to the Water Quality Assn. (WQA).

According to reports, Burkburnett public works in Texas is investigating a possible spike in nitrate levels in the city’s drinking water.

“With tested and certified equipment in the home, residents can assure themselves that they are protecting their families,” said Dave Haataja, executive director of WQA. “It is very important for well owners to regularly test their water and find the right solutions to any problems.”

Current technology suggests that several techniques may be used for removing nitrate from drinking water, including whole-house ion exchange similar to water softeners except with anion exchange in place of water softening cation exchange, reverse osmosis (RO), electrodialysis and distillation.

At the present time, however, it appears that two methods, ion exchange water treatment and RO, are considered to be the most practical and economically feasible for nitrate removal.

WQA offers certification for trained professionals to help give consumers confidence about the knowledge and ethical standards of local dealers, through “Find A Water Professional” at www.wqa.org. The seal on a product means it has been tested and certified for effectiveness. WQA uses independent standards established by NSF Intl./American National Standards Institute. Products that have passed testing can be found at the WQA website.